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Organized by the Integrated Program in the Environment (IPE) at Indiana University, the Summer Experience in Sustainability and the Environment (SESE) is a one-week virtual summer camp engaging high school students in educational experiences focused on the environment and sustainability. The program provides students with participatory, in-depth explorations of environmental and sustainability issues, including climate justice, outdoor recreation and health, sustainable fashion, urban green infrastructure, and environmental communication. SESE also introduces students to university degree options and co-curricular activities at IU-Bloomington, as well as career paths in environmental fields. The program particularly aims to promote the advancement of under-represented individuals in environmental and sustainability disciplines and careers.
The summer 2022 program will be offered as a free online program from July 11 – July 15, featuring hands-on activities and discussions with IU instructors and current students.
The SEE-IU program is a half-day field trip opportunity for Indiana high school environmental sciences classes. Students and teachers spend the morning or afternoon on IU-Bloomington's campus, and participate in activities such as:
- Taking a sample environmental or sustainability college class.
- Learning about available degree programs, internship and research opportunities, and extra curriculars.
- Participating in ongoing campus research and/or management efforts.
- Receiving resources about applying to Indiana University, including scholarship programs and resources for low-income and minority students.
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The mission of the Youth Environmental Leadership Summit is to bring high school students together in order to:
- Engage students in real-world problem solving for environmental change and sustainability.
- Expose students to innovative academic, research, and professional opportunities in the environmental field.
- Serve as a knowledge-sharing forum for Indiana high school environmental educators.
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SustainCollins, a partnership between Collins LLC, the Integrated Program in the Environment, and Sustain IU, is an action and education-oriented living-learning program dedicated to sustainability and the environment. SustainCollins is open to students of all majors who are interested in gaining professional skills, diving deep into environmental topics, and incorporating sustainability into their everyday lives.
The Sustainability Scholars program gives select undergraduates the opportunity to conduct sustainability research for one year alongside an IU faculty member. Scholars also take a 2-credit hour research methods course run through O'Neill and the College and taught by IPE and Sustain IU directors, and are given a $500 scholarship each semester.
Grants are available for IU undergraduate and graduate student research in the environmental sciences (e.g., ecology, geology, atmospheric science, human-environment interactions) at the Indiana University Research and Teaching Preserve (RTP) properties. Annually, several awards of up to $4,000 each are granted on a competitive basis. The goals of this grant program are to encourage and advance student research, and to develop a long-term environmental database for the RTP.
Together with Sustain IU, this award program is designed to support collaborative, interdisciplinary efforts of students to develop new, externally-funded research related to sustainability. Successful proposals have clearly stated goals and objectives, employ appropriate methods and tools, and address sustainability challenges, such as resource stewardship, assessment and mitigation of environmental impacts caused by human activity, and institutional and societal responses to ecological change.
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