About us

Community Noise Lab’s Mississippi Environmental Scholars Program has two tracks. The first track is a year-long program for high school students. These students attend an evening class every Wednesday from 6 pm – 7 pm and learn about environmental pollutants, how to measure them, how they impact our health, spatial mapping, community surveying, statistical analysis, and academic writing. On one Saturday per month, the students conduct hands-on field work, ranging from installing air and sound monitors, collecting water samples, or assisting with conducting health screenings for our adolescent health study. Each year, the top three students are awarded $1000 scholarships.

The second track is strictly for doctoral students from Historically Black and Latino-serving institutions in Mississippi who are enrolled in an environmental science or public health PhD program. Students can build their dissertations using our research. They can use our sensors, surveys, on-going health study, and current data to propose and answer environmental health and science questions in Mississippi. We serve on their dissertation committee and support them every step of the way. We just launched this program this year and are working with 2 doctoral students from Jackson State University. With our current funding, we can fund these research programs for 2 more summers.

Summer of Science Research Series

The Summer of Science Research Series is open to any Mississippi-based high school, community college, or undergraduate student and faculty interested in working on environmental health issues in their community. We also work with Brown University MPH and Doctoral Students. With guidance from Community Noise Lab staff and community college faculty, students develop and implement an 8-week environmental science project throughout the summer. At the end of the summer, students hold a community meeting and share their findings. Students are welcome to present their research at both local and national conferences and are encouraged to submit their research for academic publication.


Project 1

Project 2

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