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 2021 Environmentor Program will be accepting applications again in January for summer 2021.

About Environmentor

RISE provides paid internships to a select group of 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 lives or attends school in Rockaway (or surrounding communities) is eligible to apply to the Environmentor Program. (Priority is given to sophomores and juniors). 

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 February - June 2020.
  • Students commit to 2 virtual classes/week for 6 weeks from July 6th- August 14th, 2020 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 us 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 2020: