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NIH-funded Summer Research Experience in Environmental Health (SREEH)

For US citizens and permanent residents who are undergraduates enrolled in Connecticut colleges and universities
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The Yale SREEH Program brings a group of students enrolled in Connecticut universities to Yale for eight weeks. The experience is meant to motivate and prepare a diverse group of undergraduate students enrolled in Connecticut colleges and universities 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
  • The developmental origin of disease
  • Green chemistry
  • Novel approaches to assessing environmental exposures
  • Health disparities

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 & Environmental Studies, and the Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science. 

The focus of the program is primarily on research and on the methods of professional research. Students will learn advanced laboratory methods and conduct Ph.D. level research in state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, work closely with mentors and participate in weekly seminars and workshops on our emerging topics and tools, in addition to applying to graduate school, career development, responsible conduct of research and laboratory safety. The considerable resources available at Yale for the students will 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 research facilities that use our emerging environmental health research tools at the Connecticut Department of Public Health. The program will culminate in a student research day with a final research presentation. 

Eligibility Requirements:

Rising college sophomores and juniors are eligible for this program. Federal policy requires that only United States citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for this training grant. Please complete the following application including submission of all supporting materials by May 30, 2019. Letters of acceptance will be sent by June 15, 2019.


This NIEHS funded program will provide stipends to students to cover expenses. Details forthcoming.

Program Duration:

Eight weeks in the summer (July 1 – August 23)

How to Apply:

College freshman and sophomore students (entering sophomore and junior years) are eligible to apply for the SREEH program. Applications include resume, transcripts, recommendation letters, personal statement with research interest and diversity statement. Online applications from students will be due by May 30 via our web page and review and acceptance notifications will by by June 15.

Admissions Notifications:

Students selected to participate will be notified directly no later than June 15 and a waitlist created. Selected applicants will have two weeks to accept. If slots are still available after the two-week period, we will notify waitlisted applicants. 


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.