Want to solve Climate Change driven Public Health problems in NC?

Apply to our Undergraduate Summer Research Experience

For Current CHEERS Participants

Program Dates: June 1 – July 31, 2022

Undergraduates are invited to apply for a ten-week research program hosted by University of North Carolina’s (UNC) Gillings School of Public Health and North Carolina A&T (NCAT) Department of Biology.

Participants will work under the supervision of UNC and NCAT faculty who are recognized experts in the areas of big data science, biological sensors, and community focused research with an emphasis on environmental justice issues in a changing climate. While working with these faculty the program participants will receive (1) an interdisciplinary research experience focused on solving climate driven environmental problems, (2) hands-on data analysis experience with big data, air quality models, cellular biological based sensors, and/or atmospheric community focused measurements, (3) formal training in environmental justice and leadership, and (4) a pathway to graduate school. The program features profession development seminars, community building, and professional networking opportunities.

Participants will be asked to virtually attend a UNC course in the Spring semester to help prepare for the summer research program called the ECUIPP Lab (Environmentally-Engaged Communities and Undergraduate students Investigating for Public health Protection). The Environment-ECUIPP Lab works with local communities that are concerned about the quality of their environment and its impact on their health. Students in this course will become members of the Environment-ECUIPP Lab and will identify key research questions related to air quality in Robeson County, NC. We will work in small teams that focus on developing or evaluating monitoring equipment, conducting field sampling, laboratory analysis of environmental samples, data analysis and community engagement over the course of the semester. The course will be offered virtually Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 – 11:45 AM EST. Arrangements will be made to deliver information to participants if there is a conflict in scheduling with existing spring courses.  

Participants will receive a stipend of $6,000, $500 food stipend, travel allowances, and housing on the University of North Carolina’s campus. Participants will be eligible for an application fee waiver for the UNC graduate program.

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How To Apply

***Application Deadline: December 3, 2021 11:59 PM EST***

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A successful candidate should:

  • have completed at least two years of college
  • attending a North Carolina college
  • have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • have an interest in climate change and environmental health
  • majoring in a STEM field

List of available faculty and post-doctoral mentors for the Summer program include:
William Vizuete and Jaime Green: Big Data Science
Amanda Northcross: Community Focused Research
Robert Newman: Air Pollution Biosensors

Questions? Contact Dr. William Vizuete