The programs that AIHA Metro NY Supports:
Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York
Department of Physical, Environmental & Computer Sciences
1150 Carroll Street, Room 417C, Brooklyn, New York 11225
Medgar Evers College’s
15th Annual Environmental Issues Conference
A Milestone of the BS Degree Program in Environmental Science
For the past 14 years,
The Medgar Evers College School of Science, Health and Technology offers a four year Bachelors of Science (BS) degree program in Environmental Science to aspiring students. Many of our graduates continue their graduate work at Hunter College’s Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences /Industrial Hygiene (IH) ) program. This year like previous years gone by, one of our graduates, Miss Cathyann Williams will compliment her degree from Medgar Evers by graduating with her Masters Degree from Hunter’s dynamic IH program. We are also delighted to have chosen Ms. Naomi Morrison, as the recipient of this years' Metro AIHA Student Scholarship.
At least 15 students have gone on to get their masters degree at the Hunter College IH graduate program, and as such, provide a cross-disciplinary approach in the field of environmental, occupational health and safety sciences throughout the Metropolitan region.
In conjunction with The Center for Occupational
and Environmental Health at
From the very inception of the Environmental
Science (B.S.) degree program at Medgar Evers, the first
undergraduate environmental science program of its kind in CUNY, the
Metro AIHA has provided annual donations of $1000 for the Medgar
Evers’ environmental club:
Student Association For the Environment (SAFE).
Last year we were extremely happy to give the first student
scholarship to Johnathan Culpepper, a recent graduate who is now
continuing his studies at
2010 Award Recipient: Naomi Morrison
I feel privileged to be considered a recipient of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) scholarship. It is with great pride and humility that I accept this award. This award is sure to be instrumental in my continued success, as I strive towards my scientific endeavors.
I migrated to the United States from Mahaicony, Guyana, a rural village. I was initially introduced to the field of science at Mahaicony Primary School when I became involved in small science projects, such as building electrical circuits and growing plants in light versus darkness. Being involved in a number of workshops and projects heightened my love for this field even more, inspiring me to enter my own projects in the district science fair. For my participation, I received recognition and certificates for my participation. At Mahaicony High School, I further developed my skills and knowledge in the sciences. During my many years at high school I was also an active student in the area of Agricultural crop production and livestock management. This was a way to merge agriculture, biology and chemistry to form a hybrid course called environmental science. I understood from that point onward that I wanted my career path to be one that utilizes all the above subjects as its platform.
Growing up in a rural community, there weren’t many individuals, who I could look to or share this appreciation for knowledge. My family had a farm, on which we planted rice and raised livestock. The farm has been in my family for many generations. Pursuing an advanced degree or even college seemed unlikely. Still, I count it a privilege to have come from such a heritage; farmers are an integral part of any society, producing the foods that we eat. Indeed, such a rustic upbringing has instilled in me, great diligence and a strong work ethic. Such experiences may be a long distance away, but are close to my heart. How many girls have collected eggs at sunrise or gutted fish? These were the duties of the ladies of my community. I come from strong and determined women.
It is this same diligence that I have practiced in my educational pursuits to obtain my bachelors degree, and someday my doctorate. Medgar Evers has provided me with a supportive environment, in which to strive towards my dreams. It is also allowed me to be more aware of the importance of our effect on the environment. As a major in environmental science, I am fortunate to be part of a diverse program that gives a balance of sciences as well as the practical knowledge to complement those courses.
For the past 2 years, I have been a member of the Environmental Science club, which attempts to increase awareness of current environmental issues in the student body, at large. We meet and discuss ways in which we could aid the environmental movement, here on campus. I have been able to help other students in achieving their own dreams as a chemistry tutor. This has allowed me to give back to the college community. I was also a recipient of the Merck Index award in recognition of my success in chemistry. My success has also been acknowledged by placement on dean twice.
Science is sure to be at the forefront the green movement providing ways to conserve or efficiently use energy or in further explaining the effect of mankind’s degradation of the environment. I endeavor to be part of this community of scientists, helping to make a better world tomorrow, by creating a greener world today. Thank you for contributing to my efforts.
In 2010 AIHA Metro NY was able to help 3 graduate students to find a job/internship.
We appreciate your attention and help you provide to our fresh generation.
Metro NY AIHA Awards Scholarships to Local Students
Jonathan Culpepper is a graduating student in the Medgar Evers program, who plans to attend a graduate chemistry program at Rutgers University. As an aspiring student in a pure science, Jonathan hopes to influence the growing field of "Green Chemistry" in Environmental Science.
Stony Brook University's School of Health Technology and Management is looking to place EH&S students in the field. These students are graduating seniors and are available for internships from early February until mid-May. Their areas of interest are in the following disciplines:
Industrial Safety Engineering / Occupational Safety
Industrial Hygiene / Occupational Health
Radiation Safety / Health Physics
Fire Protection / Fire Safety
Environmental Management (Air/Water/Soil)
The students are typically available in 1/2
day blocks, but many are available for full days (this must be
coordinated through the individual students) They are required to
complete a minimum of 90 hours of internship by graduation in May.
There is no cost to the hosting institution. If you are interested
in having a student intern with you, please contact Environmental
Health Concentration Advisor Leo DeBobes at Stony Brook University (
email@example.com ) or (631) 444-6151 as soon as
As many of you have experienced, this program is a great benefit to the students as well as to your organizations, and many of our interns have subsequently been hired by their hosting institutions!