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UDC Chapter Of EnvironMentors Wins Awards

UDC EnvironMentors Program Participants Garner Top Honors

Washington DC - Three students from the District of Columbia’s School Without Walls earned top national scholarship awards at the 2013 EnvironMentors National Fair, held at the Jamie Whitten Building of the United States Department of Agriculture, Monday, May 20, 2013.

Established in 1992, the EnvironMentors program, prepares high school students from underrepresented communities for college and careers in environmental science, environmental engineering, and mathematics. The program is offered in collaboration with the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) and links high school students interested in environmental careers with professionals, faculty members, grad students to mentor the high school students in designing and implementing an environmental science project of their choice. The projects are submitted in different categories including aquatic research, atmospheric research, environmental health, environmental toxins plus an overall category, and a panel of judges evaluates the projects based on criteria including project design, scientific relevance, methodology, and presentation.

The University of the District of Columbia’s EnvironMentors chapter has been in existence since August 2012 and is supported by the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) and its Environmental Science and 4H & Youth Development programs.

“We are very proud of our EnvironMentors students and their accomplishments” said Dr. Jon Cooper, Project Specialist for Green Technology and coordinator of the UDC EnvironMentors chapter. Their accomplishments are a testament to how effective learning can be when it focuses on solving real-life problems that are relevant and make a difference in people’s lives.” The award winning projects were entitled “Noise Pollution: the Effect of Noise Pollution on Fruit Flies’ Mating Patterns”, “The Effect of Cyanobacteria in the Potomac River on Human Health”, and “The Effects of Pesticides on Indicator Species in Aquatic Environments.”

Contact Dr. Sabine O'Hara for further information at or 202.274.7011.

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