Environmental Health Sciences Transformative Research Undergraduate Experience


EHS TRUE student, Nathan Borrero, discusses his work on the Thesis Thursday program aired weekly on KXCI (FM 91.3).

Arsenic in drinking water: colorless, odorless, tasteless, and responsible for one in five deaths in Bangladesh today! Chemicals in plastics can mimic sex hormones. Early-life exposure to farm animals prevents childhood asthma. Environmental health scientists at the University of Arizona work at the cutting edge of understanding the relationships between environmental exposures, altered biological processes, and human disease. Now you have the opportunity to work with them in researching environmental health problems, through the EHS-TRUE program.

The UA EHS-TRUE program is a prestigious, National Institutes of Health-funded undergraduate research training program, targeting students from backgrounds under-represented in the sciences, that will pay you to conduct environmental health science research with some of the leading experts in this exciting area. The program offers each participant two years of paid year-round (15 hours/week during classes and 35 hours/week in summer) training and research experience in EHS-TRUE faculty mentors’ research groups to help develop an understanding of environmental health sciences, to apply classroom learning to research in environmental health, and to aid in deciding on a career path. Students take a career and professional development course and an environmental health sciences course during their two years in the program and participate in activities (workshops, retreats, scientific conferences) to expand their research experience. The goal of EHS-TRUE is to prepare undergraduates from under-represented backgrounds to enter graduate programs in the environmental health sciences.

EHS TRUE students Ben Rivera and Ruby Sierra collecting a soil sample on the Navajo Reservation during the spring 2016 field trip to Shiprock, NM.

EHS TRUE students Ben Rivera and Ruby Sierra collecting a soil sample on the Navajo Reservation during the spring 2016 field trip to Shiprock, NM.

Because EHS-TRUE is offered under the UBRP umbrella, please be sure to read about UBRP on other parts of this site so that you understand the organization, expectations, and benefits of participation.

Participants in the EHS-TRUE Program will be involved in research for 12 weeks full time in the summer and part time during the academic year. This level of participation in research should allow participants to develop a scientific project to a level that can be presented at a scientific conference, and in many cases published with the student as a co-author.


Additional EHS-TRUE Information:

Application Process and Interview


EHS-TRUE Mentors


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