Youth & Diversity

NCSE EnvironMentors 

EnvironMentors is a national college access program with a mission to mentor and motivate high school students who are underrepresented in the sciences as they plan and conduct environmental research and acquire skills that will allow them to build careers and become more active stewards of their communities and the environment. EnvironMentors matches students with environmental and science professionals, faculty, and college students in one-to-one mentoring relationships. Working together, students and their mentors develop rigorous environmental science projects including a research paper and scientific poster to build critical thinking, experimental and communication skills. Students explore higher education opportunities through college preparedness and career development workshops, faculty-student networking, and campus visits. Since 1992, the program has paired over 2,000 high school students with mentors through its network of chapters throughout the country.

Current Chapters

  • Alabama State University

  • Arkansas State University
  • Future City Inc.
  • Heritage University
  • Louisiana State University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • University of California, Davis
  • Washington, D.C. EnvironMentors*

* NCSE hosts the D.C. EnvironMentors chapter.

National Fair

The National Fair and Awards Ceremony is EnvironMentors' penultimate event. Students from all over the country travel to Washington, D.C. to present their research and compete for college scholarships. Students get to meet fellow EnvironMentors participants from across the country and explore our Nation's Capital. 

Launch a Chapter

NCSE is always interested in working with organizations that would like to host a new EnvironMentors chapter. We will plan with your institution to ensure you are prepared to launch a strong, long-lasting, and sustainable chapter. We especially encourage institutions to apply that meet the following criteria:

  • Strong commitment to working with high school students in your community
  • Willing to meet program expectations in one-to-one mentoring, hands-on research, field experiences, and college preparation

  • Financial commitment to the local chapter’s operation

  • Desire to be part of a national network and community of learning

To learn more about EnvironMentors and how to establish a chapter, please contact Elio Cruz at