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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.
Zhanghua Chen: The intern will conduct literature reviews on any of Dr. Chen’s research topics including: short- and long-term health effects of air pollution and persistent organic pollutants exposure; integration and statistical analysis of multi-omics; exposomics; climate change; and COVID-19. The intern will develop critical thinking skills on research hypothesis and study design and will also obtain hands-on training in statistical analysis, write scientific articles, and present findings in meetings and conferences. The student will need to work closely with postdoctoral scholars and research staff in the team, and will have regular individual meetings with the Dr. Chen.
Shohreh Farzan: Interns will have the opportunity to work directly with Dr. Farzan and the ECHO/MADRES team to understand how environmental pollutants and social stressors may influence maternal, child and/or adolescent cardiometabolic health. Projects will be developed depending upon interest and skill level. Interns may support research by conducting literature reviews, assisting with data analysis, with potential opportunities to assist with research activities, such as preparing study materials and kits for participant visits. Interns can expect to gain a greater understanding of how epidemiological data are collected, how analyses are conducted, as well as a deeper understanding of how environmental factors may contribute to cardiometabolic health during pregnancy, childhood and beyond.
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.
An-Min Wu:The EH MATTERS intern will gain training and mentoring on spatial thinking, hands-on spatial data sampling and handling, and use of GIS analysis and visualization for a deeper understanding of environmental problems in our community. Projects will be developed upon interest and skill level. Basic knowledge of GIS (e.g. SSCI 165 or 265 or 301) or statistics is preferred; students without either background will be considered if interested in learning and developing these essential spatial science skills during the internship.
Other interns that Wu supervises include: undergraduate (B.S. in GeoDesign) and graduate students (M.S. in GIST; Ph.D. in Population, Health and Place) in research on the issues of environmental pollution, their health outcomes and underlying injustice at various spatial and temporal scales.