Environmentor is a science research mentorship for high school students over the spring & summer months to conduct authentic environmental research on Jamaica Bay and the Rockaway shoreline.

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The summer 2021 cycle for Environmentor is currently closed.  Students looking for our other science and STEM opportunities should consider applying for the Fall  Shore Corps Program that is currently open for enrollment. 

Environmentor is a science research mentorship program for high school students in the spring and summer to conduct authentic research under the mentorship of scientists from local universities and research institutions on projects focused on the Rockaway shoreline.

Any student in 9th-11th grade, who live or attend school in, or around, the Rockaway Peninsula are eligible to apply to the Environmentor Program. (Priority is given to sophomores and juniors). 

Spring 2021: January 11th - June 4th, 2021 
Summer 2021: July 6th to August 14th, 2021.             

Watch our new video to learn more about the impacts of Environmentor!

Program Expectations

In light of the covid-19 pandemic, we have made the following changes to the Environmentor program:

  • Students attend virtual after school class programming once a week from January - June 2021.
  • Students commit to 2 hybrid virtual/in person classes/week for 6 weeks from July 6th- August 14th, 2021 to conduct a research project with a science mentor and 1 optional day for kayaking, biking and attending shoreline sites for data collection if it is deemed safe to reconvene in person visits.
  • Students receive up to $1,000 stipend for their research work. 
  • Students participate in regular RISE community service weekend events and will receive community    service hours for the events they attend.
  • The Environmentor Program is part of the Pinkerton Science Scholars Program and the NYC Science Research Mentoring Consortium (SRMC) led by the American Museum of Natural History.

For more information, contact Program Manager Giselle Herrera at: programs@riserockaway.org

For more information about the NYC Science Research Mentoring Consortium program go to: www.studentresearchnyc.org

Below are the research projects, Environmentor students worked on in summer 2021: