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Campus Tours & Information Sessions

Office of Science Education & Diversity

High school students visit the NIEHS campus
Students from an area high school visit the NIEHS campus in Research Triangle Park, NC.

For K thru 12 students and teachers, as well as post-secondary science-based student groups/programs from surrounding colleges and universities

  • Tour of the NIEHS Campus
  • An inside look at career options available in biomedical research
  • Overview of NIEHS research and much more!
  • Tour groups limited to 36 participants.

As part of its education outreach efforts, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences offers educational tours/visits of the institute. The tours offer area K thru 12 and college/university students and teachers the opportunity to learn about a wide range of fascinating topics related to environmental health, along with an inside look at some of the career options available to those who are considering employment in biomedical research.

NIEHS building
A panoramic view of the NIEHS buildings in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

Institute tours are conducted weekdays during normal business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) and are reserved on a first-come first-served basis. Tour groups are limited to 36 participants. Our standard tour packages may include any or all of the following components:

  • Hear from 2-3 of our scientists about their career paths, from when they were students, to what they do now to help us understand how we can better treat or prevent human diseases.
  • A 20 minute presentation by one of our researchers that outlines some of the work being done by NIEHS scientists and grantees on the health effects of such agents as lead, mercury, pesticides, indoor and outdoor air pollutants and ultraviolet light. (With additional time for Q&A)
  • An overview of the NIH Summer Internship Program, which provides summer job opportunities for high school, college undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in pursuing careers in the biomedical sciences. For 17 years and up.
  • A guided tour of the NIEHS campus and main building that includes a look at some of the laboratory areas where NIEHS scientists do their research. We can walk down hallways in lab areas but students must be at least 17 years of age to enter a lab.
  • Please note, presentations and tours may range from one-three hours depending on your interests.

If you would like to learn more about our tour opportunities or arrange for a visit, please fill out the request form.

Campus Tour Group

Additional Resources:

Campus Visitors 2016

Photos courtesy of North Carolina Health Career Access Programs at UNC-Chapel Hill

Some of these students went on to become NIH Summer Interns at NIEHS

Hindu Society of North Carolina's Seniors Club
Hindu Society of North Carolina's Seniors Club enjoys visit to lab areas and talks with scientists.

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