EnvironMentors is the college access program for underrepresented high school students across the country, created by the National Council for Science and the Environment’s (NCSE). With the guidance of individual mentors, EnvironMentors students gain exposure to environmentally-related Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) degrees and careers and enhance their research, critical thinking, and communication skills. Since 1992, the program has paired over 2,000 high school students with mentors through its network.
Penn State joined the EnvironMentors network in 2018 and hopes to connect underrepresented college and high school students across Pennsylvania to STEM opportunities. The Penn State EnvironMentors chapter is hosted by the Earth and Mineral Sciences college at University Park. At Penn State EnvironMentors, we pair high school students with undergraduate students mentors and campus faculty members and together, they will be working on research projects that will enable the high school students to gain valuable knowledge and experiences.
“What I love about having this program at Penn State is that no matter where you go in Pennsylvania, Penn State has a fingerprint. We’re going to use that to our advantage because there are lots of places in Pennsylvania that are underserved and underrepresented. Think of places like Philadelphia, the Lehigh Area, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Erie. The program is all about empowering underserved communities. We’ll start in University Park and eventually spread out, so we’ll be one chapter with many arms.”
Dr. Gregory Jenkins, Director of Penn State EnvironMentors Program