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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 10 selected students 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 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:

All students are encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to eligible students attending Connecticut Colleges. Applications open on December 1, 2019 and close on February 29, 2020. Letters of acceptance will be sent by March 30, 2020.


This NIEHS funded program will provide a $600/week stipend for expenses.

Program Duration:

Eight weeks in the summer (June 29 – August 22).

How to Apply:

College undergraduate students are eligible to apply for the SREEH program. The application includes resume, transcripts, recommendation letters and a personal statement outlining areas of researc interest. 

Application Opens: December 1, 2019

Deadline for applications: February 29, 2020. 

Accepted applicants will be notified by March 30. 

Admissions Notifications:

Students selected to participate will be notified directly no later than March 30, and a waitlist will be created. Selected applicants will have one week to accept. If space is still available after a two-weeks period, waitlisted applicants will be notified. 

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.