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What is 'environmental scholars'?

Environmental Scholars (ES) is a weeklong summer experience for high school students made possible through our partnership with the Upward Bound program, which helps high school students successfully transition to their college careers. Through this program students learn about environmental health and the support provided for them at a four-year institution. As a final project students create a grant proposal to tackle an environmental concern in their community. 

How are students selected?

Students who participate in Environmental Scholars are a part of a larger cohort of students participating in the Upward Bound program. 

Click here to learn more about the Upward Bound program. 

Student Engagement 

Each summer, the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center (SWEHSC) Community Engagement Core (CEC) creates an engaging curriculum complete with hands-on STEM activities, peer feedback and opportunities for independent growth. Students learn the fundamentals of environmental health and research through a community lens. The program concludes with a project proposal created by students, solving an environmental health concern. 

Hands-on STEM activities have covered topics ranging from epigenetics to water quality. Check out the Environmental Scholars News page to see what our scholars have done in the past!