EnvironMentors is a national college access initiative that prepares high school students from under-represented backgrounds for college degree programs in environmental and related science fields. EnvironMentors is a collaborative effort of colleges and universities, our mentors, aspiring high school students, science teachers, government agencies, community organizations, foundations and businesses who generously support our work.We match minority high school students with college and university faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and science and environmental professionals, in one-to-one mentoring relationships. Working together, students and mentors develop rigorous environmental science research projects over the course of the academic year.
Founded in Washington, DC in 1992, EnvironMentors joined the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) in 2006 to expand the program and create new chapters at colleges and universities across the country.
NCSE's University Affiliate program, an established formal network of over 150 colleges and universities, provides an ideal infrastructure to expand EnvironMentors' national presence and strengthen the program's college access pathway. Over the coming years, NCSE will launch new EnvironMentors chapters in partnership with affiliate universities to extend the benefits of EnvironMentors to students from under-served communities across the United States. An over-arching goal of the EnvironMentors college access program is to increase the diversity of students in environmentally-related college degree programs and the workforce of the "new green economy."
The DC Chapter of EnvironMentors has established a proven record of success in raising the interest level and preparedness of diverse high school students for science and environmental college degree programs. Nearly 2,000 DC high school students have participated in EnvironMentors. 98% have graduated from high school, compared to the average DC graduation rate of 43%, and 95% have gone on to college, compared to the DC college acceptance rate of 12%. As the EnvironMentors program expands nationally, the flagship DC program will serve as a model chapter.
Each spring, EnvironMentors students present their projects to elementary school classes in their respective school districts and to a team of judges at each chapter's EnvironMentors Fair. The top three students from each chapter travel to Washington, DC to present their project at the National EnvironMentors Fair. The season concludes with the gala EnvironMentors Awards Ceremony at which students who have excelled in the program receive scholarships to college. A $10,000 scholarship is awarded each year to a deserving EnvironMentors student who has excelled in the program and who personally elects to pursue an environmentally-related college degree program. EnvironMentors' integrative approach to identifying pressing environmental issues through hands-on application of the scientific method supported by a mentor has proven beneficial for most all of our students and life changing for some.
Year of Science 2009 Kicks Off Across the NationLast Updated on 2009-01-07 12:42:29Year of Science 2009 Kicks Off Across the Nation
The Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS) kicked off Year of Science 2009 (YoS2009) -- a national, yearlong, grassroots celebration--this week in Boston at the annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. COPUS, which represents more than 500 organizations, is celebrating how science works, who scientists are, and why science matters. Ira Flatow, host of Science Friday, broadcast every week on National Public Radio, launched the week’s events with a plenary presentation encouraging scientists to get involved in communicating and sharing the excitement of science at every opportunity.
Flatow said: “If you don’t stand up for science, then no one else is going to do it. We as journalists and scientists have to figure out ways to share science in plain English whenever possible.” This... More »
EnvironMentors ExplorerLast Updated on 2008-11-13 13:18:39EnvironMentors Explorer is a quarterly newsletter of the National EnvironMentors Program
To receive EnvironMentors Explorer, please send an email to Laiza Melena, with "EnvironMentors Explorer" in the subject line.
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Student Project Topics from Previous YearsLast Updated on 2008-11-13 13:16:39
Aquatic Systems Research
Comparing Georgetown Potomac River versus Southeast Anacostia River water pollution
The impact of acidic versus basic water on the suitability of different types of soils for growing grass
Testing Cryptosporidium in local water using E. Coli as an indicator
Differences in water quality of states in the DC metropolitan area
The impact of cemeteries on local soil and water quality
Pollution sources for the Anacostia River
Testing for fecal coliform in DC reservoirs
The impact of acid precipitation on DC structures
How much carbon dioxide is produced by different gas sources?
How pesticides affect the safety of local food supply?
The Industrial and Urban Impacts on a Surface Water Stream
An Examination of Children and Young Adults Uses of Outdoor Neighborhood Parks
How Do the Harmful... More »
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