EnvironMentors is a college access program for underrepresented and underserved high school students across the country, created by the Global Council for Science and the Environment (GCSE). EnvironMentors has the mission to mentor and motivate high school students from underrepresented and underserved communities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). With the guidance of individual mentors, EnvironMentors students gain exposure to STEM degrees and career opportunities and enhance their research, critical thinking, and communication skills. Since its creation, the program has paired over 2,000 high school students with mentors across the nation.
Penn State joined the EnvironMentors network in 2018 and has the goal of changing the narrative in STEM by connecting underrepresented college and high school students across Pennsylvania to STEM opportunities via its resources. The Penn State EnvironMentors chapter is housed in the Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE) at University Park. At Penn State EnvironMentors, the program pairs EnvironMentor high school students with faculty and undergraduate/graduate student mentors. Together, they plan and conduct environmental research projects throughout the academic year. This research is culminated into a presentation to be given at the Penn State EnvironMentors research symposium at the end of the academic year.
We are currently accepting registrations for high school student participants and undergraduate, graduate, and faculty/staff mentors for the upcoming 2022-2023 academic year!