FAQs

  1. What are the requirements for High school student participants?

High school students who are interested in participants have to have a strong interest in STEM and research, learning and gaining new skills and being led and mentored by professionals in the field. They also need to demonstrate great academic achievement and commitment to completing their research projects.

  1. What is the application process for high school students?

High school students who are interested in participating in EnvironMentors must fill out the EnvironMentors high school student application and submit to the program coordinator along with the following items:

  • Essay: the essay questions are found in the application,
  • An academic transcript
  • A letter of recommendation

 

  1. What are the requirements and expectations for undergraduate mentors?

Penn State Undergraduate students who are interested in participating in EnvironMentors must meet the following requirements:

  • Be in or intend to declare a STEM major
  • Must be a full-time student
  • Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Complete and submit the undergrad mentor application
  • Have a strong interest and willingness to mentor and lead a high school student in research.
  • Be interested in conducting and completing a research project of his/her topic of interest.
  • Commit to meet with paired high school student 1-2 hours per week
  • Complete Penn State Required compliance for adults working with minors
  1. What are the requirements and expectations for Faculty mentors?

We have expanded our faculty mentors’ pools to now include Penn State Professors, associate professors, post-doctorate fellows, and research group members, doctoral fellows, and graduate students. Faculty members who are interested in participating in Penn State EnvironMentors must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a full-time research faculty member at one of the Penn State campuses
  • Be interested in mentoring, leading, guiding, and impacting underrepresented and underserved undergraduate and high school students in STEM
  • Be committed to meeting with your undergraduate and high school student mentees 2-3 per month
  • Complete Penn State Required compliance for adults working with minors
  1. What are Penn State requirements of Adults working with minors?

According to Penn State policy, all university faculty, staff, and volunteers who are responsible for the “care supervision, guidance or control; of or have “routine interaction with anyone under the age of 18 must obtain the following clearances below prior to working with children and renew them every five years:

  • Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Background Check (SP-164)
  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance Form (CY-113)
  • Federal (FBI) Fingerprint Criminal Background Check (Criminal History Report)
  • Building a Safe Penn State: Reporting Child Abuse” Online training

Instructions on how to complete the clearances can be found here. Undergraduate mentors get reimbursed for the FBI clearance upon completion of the program at the end of the Spring semester.

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