The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences awards NIH R25 Summer Research Experience Program grants to eligible universities and institutions of higher education to provide research experiences for high school and college students and for science teachers during the summer academic break.
The purpose of the NIH Summer Research Experience Program (referred to as the “Summer Research Program”) is to provide a high quality research experience for high school and college students and for science teachers during the summer academic break. The NIH and NIEHS expect that such programs will: help attract young students to careers in science; provide opportunities for college students to gain valuable research experience to help prepare them for graduate school; and enhance the skills of science teachers and enable them to more effectively communicate the nature of the scientific process to their students.
Summer participants in these programs will participate in organized programs performing research with participating faculty, and a program of informational exchange designed to impart to participants an appreciation of research on the environmental impacts on human health. The focus of both the laboratory experience and the educational experiences/seminars will be on health outcomes related to environmental exposure as they relate to human disease.