Research Opportunities for Undergraduates: Training in Environmental Health Sciences (ROUTES) is focused on increasing the participation of underrepresented minority (URM) undergraduate students in Environmental Health (EH) research. ROUTES recruits talented URM undergraduates for full-time, six-month paid research co-ops that include one-on-one mentoring with a faculty researcher on campus. In addition, ROUTES Scholars participate in scientific conferences, seminars, and other research-related activities. Given that minority populations are disproportionately burdened by exposures to environmental contamination, ROUTES addresses an urgent need to increase awareness and participation of underrepresented groups in EH research.
- On April 7th, 2016, ROUTES Scholars had the chance to practice their presentation skills at Northeastern’s Research, Innovation, and Scholarship Expo (RISE). All Scholars made posters of their ROUTES research and stood ready to answer questions about their work, gaining first hand experience in demonstrating the value of their research area.