Department of the Environment now accepting applications for 2015 Environmental Science Student Award and Internship Program

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Department of the Environment now accepting applications for 2015 Environmental Science Student Award and Internship Program

Winner will receive a paid internship with the Department during summer 2015

BALTIMORE, MD (November 21, 2014) – The Maryland Department of the Environment is now accepting applications for the 2015 Environmental Science Student Award and Internship Program.  The Award recognizes high school seniors who have excelled in environmental science both inside and outside the classroom.  Students who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and participation in environmental projects in school or their community such as recycling drives, school beautification projects, stream or litter cleanups and other types of environmental projects are encouraged to apply. The grand prize winner will receive a paid internship at MDE during summer 2015. The second-place winner will receive $500 and the third-place winner will receive $250.

The deadline for nominations is May 1, 2015Application forms and instructions are available on MDE’s website and may be submitted by email to Nadine.Jackson-Bey@maryland.gov or by mail to: Maryland Department of the Environment, Office of the Secretary, 1800 Washington Boulevard, 7th Floor, Baltimore MD  21230, Attention: Nadine Jackson-Bey.

MORE INFORMATION:

In 2014, the Department advertised the Environmental Science Student Award as a pilot project with three environmental magnet high schools in the Baltimore area.  This is the first year that MDE has opened the award and internship to all Maryland high school seniors.

CORE FACTS:

  • The award recognizes high school seniors that have excelled in environmental science programs. Students that have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and participation in environmental projects in school or the community such as recycling drives, school beautification projects, stream or litter cleanups and other types of environmental projects are encouraged to apply.
  • The 2014 recipient of the Environmental Science Student Award was Sidney Mason of Western School of Technology and Environmental Science. Sidney was chosen by the MDE award panel judges because of his work as a Maryland Conservation Corps volunteer in Patapsco Valley State Park. Sidney assisted MDE with various projects over the course of the summer, including work on Maryland’s Zero Waste Plan.
  • The top winner as determined by MDE judges will receive a paid summer internship at MDE.
  • Applications are due to MDE no later than May 1, 2015.
  • Winners will be notified by June 1, 2015.

QUOTES:

“Maryland has always been a leader in supporting education in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. It is our hope that MDE’s Environmental Science Student Award and Internship program will spark an interest in those considering a career in environmental science and encourage those already involved to continue their education and learn more about what opportunities are available in the profession.”

 – Robert M. Summers, Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment

ADDITIONAL LINKS:

Environmental Student Award information

Award application form

Award fact sheet

Essay instruction sheet

MDE MISSION:

Our mission is to protect and restore the quality of Maryland’s air, water and land resources, while fostering smart growth, a thriving and sustainable economy and healthy communities.

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