Leadership in Earth and Environmental Sciences (LEES) Program

The LEES program is the policy and equity focused version of the science-focused Training Camp program. Instead of academic exams, selection for the LEES program is based on essays that assess the unique perspective and specific areas of interest that each applicant can bring to the program.

An example of topics covered in previous LEES cohorts include (updates every year):

• An overview of the IPCC
• The intersection of environmental law and ESG standards
• Indoor air quality in public housing
• The Superfund Research Program

LEES cohorts are generally comprised of students between Grades 9 – 12

All students are welcome to apply. 

We particularly encourage young Earth scientists from backgrounds that are underrepresented in the Earth and environmental sciences to apply. This includes students who are:

  • Black or African American, Hispanic or Latinx, Asian, Native American or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, or two or more races or ethnicities
  • LGBTQ+
  • Low-income

Students interested in the LEES Program are required to submit one or more essays for admission. More information about the essay(s) can be found in the Information & Registration links above. Successful applicants:

  • Show commitment to being leaders and engaged members of their community
  • Exhibit critical thinking when shaping their goals and motivations in the Earth and environmental sciences
  • Derive a deep sense of purpose and motivation from the communities and causes they serve

LEES Scholars will: