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Summer Research Experience in Environmental Health (SREEH)

For US citizens and permanent residents who are undergraduates enrolled in Connecticut colleges and universities

The Department of Environmental Health Sciences offers a unique opportunity to a group of 20 students (10 will focus on Alzheimer’s Disease) who are currently enrolled in Connecticut colleges and universities to attend an eight-week research program. The experience is meant to motivate and prepare a diverse group of undergraduate students to pursue higher education and careers on the leading edge of environmental health sciences by introducing them to five major emerging topics and research tools:

  • Climate and energy impacts on health
  • Developmental origins of human disease
  • Green chemistry solutions
  • Understanding and overcoming environmental health disparities
  • Novel approaches to assessing environmental exposures and early biomarkers of effect
  • Applications and implications in major human diseases (e.g. cancer and COVID-19)

The SREEH program will immerse students in an academic research setting and expose them to Environmental Health Science by involving them in a working relationship with faculty mentors from the Yale School of Public Health, the Yale School of Medicine, Forestry and Environmental Studies, and the Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science. Faculty mentors are assigned based on interests expressed in the applicant's personal statement.

The focus of the program is primarily on research and on the methods of professional research. Students will learn advanced laboratory methods and conduct PhD level research in state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, work closely with mentors and participate in weekly seminars and workshops and learn responsible conduct of research and laboratory safety. In addition, the graduate school application, career and resume workshops will help prepare the student for a career in the environmental health sciences. The considerable resources available at Yale for the students include the Yale Center for Perinatal, Pediatric and Environmental Epidemiology, The Yale Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering, The Yale Climate Change and Health Initiative, The SEARCH (Solutions for Energy, AiR, Climate and Health) Center and the Yale School of Public Health Center for Metabolomics. Students will also visit our state of the art research facilities. The program culminates with the SREEH research day at which students will present their research.

Eligibility Requirements:

The SREEH Program is intended for students with a strong desire to pursue higher education at the graduate level in Environmental Health Science. Students who express persuasive plans for research will be considered including talented underrepresented minority students, students with disabilities and students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Students enrolled in any Connecticut colleges and universities are encouraged to apply.

Program Dates

June 28 – August 20, 2021

*Stipend: This NIEHS-funded program will provide a $600/week stipend to cover expenses.

Format: The 2021 SREEH will be held virtually due to the pandemic.

How to Apply:

College freshman and sophomore applicants (entering sophomore and junior years) are encouraged to apply for the SREEH program. Applications include resume, transcripts, recommendation letters, personal statement with research interest and diversity statement.

Online applications from students open on January 1, 2021 and close on April 30 2021.

Upon completion of the review period, acceptance notifications will be sent on May 15, 2021. Students are expected to attend all 8 weeks of the program.

Yale University is committed to basing judgments concerning the admission, education, and employment of individuals upon their qualifications and abilities and affirmatively seeks to attract to its faculty, staff, and student body qualified persons of diverse backgrounds. In accordance with this policy and as delineated by federal and Connecticut law, Yale does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment against any individual on account of that individual's sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a protected veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.