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EH MATTERS offers USC undergraduate students, a paid, two-year, three-semester per year internship (Summer/Fall/Spring) to build capacity of diverse students to engage in environmental health sciences and community health disparities research. Rising sophomore and juniors are encouraged to apply.
This community-engaged environmental health research program will expand students’ understanding of fundamental concepts in environmental health, exposure, susceptibility, risk, and health disparities. This formal training will provide a basis for a firm academic understanding of community environmental health disparity issues and firsthand experiences that look at environmental health through the lens of environmental justice.
Tracy Bastain: Interns with the MADRES study will participate in a variety of research capacities. In addition to assisting the investigative team with literature reviews and presentations, opportunities exist for assisting with data collection with research participants, assisting study staff with participant visits and sample collection, as well as supporting the research activities through preparation of materials and helping with cohort retention events.
Erika Garcia: Interns will gain training and mentoring in key areas such as science literacy, methods behind data analysis, preparation and communication of research, and principles underlying the conduct of Public Health research. Interns will work with Prof. Erika Garcia to develop and conduct a research project suited the student’s interests; for example, a project to identify patterns of air pollution exposure in Southern California children.
Rima Habre: Interns will gain a deeper understanding of exposure sciences in the field of environmental health, with practical data collection, analysis and research experiences. Topics and projects range from designing and executing a sampling protocol or campaign using sensors, wearables, personal monitors or other instruments, performing lab-based analyses, collecting geospatial data using geolocation (GPS) tracking and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and visualizing, analyzing and understanding patterns in multidimensional data.
Megan Herting: Interns receive hands-on experience with important facets of conducting human research to assess brain and behavior development in children and adolescents. Topics include IRB human subjects training, discussions regarding ethics in conducting research with children and incidental MRI findings, learning about the collection and processing of neuroimaging data, and an expanded knowledge in environmental neuroscience, including how air pollution impacts the developing brain during childhood and adolescence.
Jill Johnston: Interns will support community-driven research for environmental justice, will examine the relationship between industrial sources of pollution and community health, and will engage communities in environmental health popular education workshops.
Ed Avol: This internship position is geared towards those with an interest in learning more about making a change in one’s community through developing working partnerships with neighborhood residents and policymakers. Using the community of San Pedro as a prototype, a case study of the challenges, underlying issues, identifiable solutions, and realistic progress made will be the basis for developing an actionable plan in the student’s community. Interviewing and learning about what has worked – and what has not worked – can serve as a road map for planning a viable path forward– and possibly avoiding some of the likely pitfalls – that face communities beset by substantive exposures to contaminants of potential health consequence.