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First cohort of summer fellows selected


HEI is pleased to announce the first group of summer interns in our inaugural Summer Fellowship Program, which supports undergraduate students from backgrounds underrepresented in the environmental health sciences. 

With support of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund for two additional fellowships, we have selected seven applicants to receive a $6500 stipend to work with a mentor of their choice on a 10- to 12- week summer project. This first group was chosen from among more than 50 well-qualified applicants, and HEI looks forward to working with them and their mentors to make this program a success. 

The selected fellows and their mentors are listed below.

Lawrence TranUniversity of California, Los AngelesRegan PattersonUniversity of California, Los Angeles
Kyara RallifordColumbia UniversityRobin DodsonSilent Spring Institute
Thomas Elijah EaleySavannah State UniversityYang LiuEmory University
Kai KibilkoBrandeis UniversityJon LevyBoston University
Andrew GallegoBoston UniversitySally PusedeUniversity of Virginia
Alyssa Aminata KamaraUniversity at AlbanyYanelli NunezPSE Healthy Energy
Diana Abigail Cantoran-PerezUniversity of California, BerkeleyJun WuUniversity of California, Irvine


We are grateful to the HEI/ISES/ISEE  joint committee for their help in designing the program, providing reviewers, and selecting the candidates. We are also grateful to the Burroughs Wellcome Fund for their additional support. We hope the program can continue and grow in future years. 


About the fellowship
The Summer Fellowship Program is open to rising college juniors and seniors who are interested in studying environmental health to explore research opportunities through a paid fellowship with a dedicated mentor. Opportunities include research on environmental exposures, epidemiology, and public health. Full details can be found on the fellowship page. 

About the mentors
Applicants indicated a preference for working with three mentors selected from a list of 17 mentors who graciously volunteered to participate in the program. Although not all mentors were matched with a fellow, we were pleased with the variety of mentors who were interested in participating and hope to grow the mentor pool in the coming years. 

If you are interested in becoming a partner in this program, for example, as a mentor or by providing financial support so that we can increase the number of fellows receiving support, please reach out to