Student STEM Enrichment Program

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UNC-Chapel Hill – SELF

AWARD YEAR: 2019

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA-CHAPEL HILL
INSTITUTE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

DIRECTOR: MEGAN HUGHES - MEGANUGHES@UNC.EDU
MANAGER, STEM DIVERSITY PROGRAM
CHAPEL HILL, NC

PROJECT TITLE: STEM EXPERIENCES IN THE LAB AND FIELD (SELF) FOR ROBESON EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

SELF will provide a two-week summer field study for rising juniors and seniors and a five-week mentored summer research experience at UNC-CH for rising advanced seniors. In the summer field study, local sites will serve as living laboratories, giving students an opportunity to experience personally relevant environmental health science and geoscience exploration. Components of the summer field study will include the following: data collection and investigation at field sites; sessions with scientists to learn about the research process; and an introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS). During the summer research experience at UNC-CH, RECHS students will be paired with an environmental health or geoscience faculty mentor and will work in their labs for 30 hours/ week, conducting research alongside the lab team. Additionally, geology field trips will be offered during the academic years. Two day-trips and one overnight camping experience to locations of ecological, geological, and/or hydrological significance in North Carolina will provide opportunities for hands on, minds on learning. Students will also meet scientists conducting field research and begin to think about research as part of STEM.

Over three years, 130 RECHS students will be served by the SELF program, increasing their environmental science and health knowledge and skills through field and lab experiences and fostering interest in STEM internships and college/career pathways.

Award Timeline

Jan 15, 2022

Application Opens

Apr 21, 2022

Application Deadline

Sep 15, 2022

Notice of Award

Dec 01, 2022

Award Start Date

Aug 30, 2026

Award End Date

Program Contacts

Alfred Mays

Senior Program Officer

919-991-5103

Tiffanie Taylor

Senior Program Associate

919-991-5116