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MH-YES For Students

Helping a diversity of local students pursue their interest in environmental science.

Selected participants will be current sophomores and juniors. They will conduct original environmental science research and present their results to fellow scientists and community members.

Student stipend: $2,000.00

Applications closed for 2019


Applicants must include a 200-400 word essay on either of these options (allowed files: .txt, .doc, .docx, .pdf). Please name the file LASTNAME_MHYES2019Essay:

1. What does environmental science mean to you? You can write about any topic of interest to you, such as climate change, pollution and toxins in the environment, invasive species, waterways, urban sprawl, plant life, or another of your choosing. In your essay, include the local or global implications of the topic and at least two ways you could address the problem towards an impactful solution.

2. Name one issue affecting your community that is important to you. What would be three of the steps you might take to address or combat that issue?

Selection criteria

We select participants based mainly on their desire to do field and laboratory research and to engage with their community on environmental science issues. Preference will be given to qualified applicants from groups typically under-represented in STEM fields.

Because you will be working in teams, collaboration and teamwork skills are a must. The hours are sometimes long, and the work is both physically and intellectually demanding. Your field site may be hot or rainy, and you will be getting into the stream as part of your work. The laboratory work can be tedious and must be conducted with great attention to detail.

Your team will present your work each week to the whole MH-YES group, and we will host a Community Day open to members of the public, so you must be comfortable with community outreach.

At the end of the summer, you will produce a science poster and a draft of a research article on your project. We are looking for students to whom this sounds like a great way to spend their summer. Candidates will be informed of their selection within a month of the application deadline submission. You will be contacted via email by about your application, please add this email address to your address book to avoid messages being routed to spam folders.


High school students will be paid a stipend of $667.00 every two weeks during the program. The full stipend is dependent on attendance. If student misses 3 days or more, the stipend will be reduced accordingly.