Louisiana State University EnvironMentors Program
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Louisiana State University (LSU) runs an EnvironMentors program focused on inner-city high school students all of whom are considered at-risk for not graduating high school. Each year, approximately 15 students are mentored by 28 to 30 graduate students who guide the participants through am environmental research project. For the 2015 – 2016 academic year, the focus will be on testing water quality on campus at LSU, learning about the value of clean water, and measuring water temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, salinity, and coliform counts. The grant will provide personal protective equipment, a pH meter and supplies. Most measurement equipment is available through loans from LSU labs. At the end of the year, these observations will contribute to a research project presented at the students’ high school.