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Academy Overview

We are no longer accepting applications for summer 2021. Please check back next year if you are interested in attending summer 2022!

The Emerging Scholars in Environmental Health Academy at Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine provides a unique opportunity for high school students with a strong interest in science to learn about environmental public health. This three-week online program will be held from June 7 to June 25, 2021. Optional field trips will be held during the first and third weeks.

Environmental public health deals with how the manmade and natural environment influences human health. The Academy will focus on air and water quality. Content will include:

Who should apply 
The Academy is currently accepting applications for the Summer 2021 program from rising 11th and 12th grade students enrolled at public high schools in Orleans Parish, Louisiana. Academically motivated students with an interest in science are encouraged to apply. All eligibility requirements and application details are on the How to apply page. Admissions preference will be given to students attending Title 1 schools.

Interested applicants without access to a computer/tablet and/or without reliable access to the internet can and should apply. If necessary, the program will provide technical support for participants to attend the online program.

Program details
The three-week program will provide opportunities to explore and learn about air and water quality. Sessions will be held online (via zoom) Monday through Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Participants will be expected to complete assignments outside of online sessions - such as readings, experiments, an individual photo project, and group projects. The group projects will be presented online the final day of the program during a virtual symposium. Optional field trips will be held the first and third weeks of the program. Sessions will be led by staff and faculty from Tulane’s Department of Environmental Health Sciences.

Week 1- Intro to environmental health, water quality, environmental policy and optional kayaking trip
Week 2- Air quality, environmental justice, risk assessment and environmental health careers
Week 3- Group project work, optional tour of Tulane campus and virtual symposium of group projects

The daily schedule is available here.

Participants who successfully complete all required program activities will receive a $750 award at the end of the program.

Contact Jasmine Fournier at jfournie@tulane.edu, 504-988-2764.