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.
- ROUTES Scholars are encouraged to present their research, both at local conferences such as Northeastern’s Research, Innovation, and Scholarship Expo (RISE) and at national conferences. In addition, ROUTES Scholars have co-authored papers, abstracts, and book chapters, and many have continued their research after the conclusion of the six-month co-op.