The undergraduate research training is just part of the science happening on campus this summer:
- Eco-Explorers, run by Montclair’s New Jersey Center for Water Science and Technology. The program connects students from underserved communities to the natural world, including hands-on experience about ecology, environmental science and sustainability.
- The Weston Science Scholars is a summer experience for high-achieving students from Montclair High School. The students study marine biology, physics, genomic sequencing, cybersecurity, magnetic imaging and more.
- The Green Teams internship program run by the Montclair-based PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies supports research and community projects, including climate change in New Jersey, and energy and water studies globally.
- New Jersey teachers receive professional development to learn how to increase computer science offerings in elementary education.
Field research is also part of the summer mix. Outside of the lab, Cepin has waded into the waters near campus to assess the impact of urban pollutants on the 21-acre Alonzo F. Bonsal Wildlife Preserve on the Montclair and Clifton border. Students used heavy-duty surveying and geophysics equipment, tools they will likely use in careers in urban environmental geology.