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Environmental Institute: Summer Scholars

Environmental Institute: Summer Scholars


When: July 22 - July 26.
Where: Virginia Wesleyan University with several excursions to varied locations in the local vicinity.

Virginia Wesleyan Environmental Institute: Summer Scholars is a week-long residential environmental science program designed for top-performing, rising ninth grade girls. Participants will take part in authentic Environmental Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (E-STEM) experiences alongside environmental science professionals in academia, industry, business, government, and non-profit organizations in order to better understand the vast amount of opportunities for women in E-STEM fields to make a positive difference in the world.

Program Goals

Through this program, participants will develop

  • An enhanced interest, understanding, and appreciation of the local natural environment.
  • Environmental Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (E-STEM) content knowledge and skills.
  • Understanding of specific occupations related to the environmental sciences.
  • Awareness and understanding of culture and gender issues apparent in environmental science pathways.
  • Leadership skills.