Students and Early Career Professionals Committee


To support student and early career professional retainment in the field of Industrial Hygiene and increase involvement in AIHA, by providing tools and opportunities to be engaged and grow professionally.

Golden Seed Award 

The Student and Early Career Professionals (SECP) Committee is seeking nominations for the Golden Seed Award. This award is to be given to an individual who has made significant contributions to industrial hygiene, above and beyond their typical job responsibilities.  This can include contributions in the area of student development, mentoring, or early career guidance. Nominees must have demonstrated a commitment to promoting the profession of industrial hygiene, advancing the profession among students and early career professionals, and/or providing guidance and mentorship to students or early career professionals. Nominees must also be members of AIHA.

Nominations for the Golden Seed Award should be submitted using the following  nomination form. Your statement should detail how your nominee meets the above criteria. Refer to the guidance on the nomination to assist in creating an affective nomination . Send nominations electronically to Thursa Pecoraro​, with the subject line “Golden Seed.”

Project Teams

1.  Communications Team

2.  Outreach Collaboration

A joint collaboration team dedicated to providing the AIHA community with resources that may be used for recruiting young professionals into the industrial hygiene community.  Resources are have been developed and published in collaboration with the Fellows SIG for students ranging in age from elementary age to college.

3.  Social Media Team 

4. CIH Prep Mentoring Group 

The CIH Prep Mentoring Group is a new team under the Students and Early Career Professionals Committee (SECP) and the Mentoring and Professional Development Committee (MPDC).  This team was established to help individuals taking the CIH exam (mentees) get paired with a mentor who recently passed the CIH exam for support through their CIH exam journey. The goal of the program is provide a “coach” and somebody to hold that CIH seeker accountable to their goals (keep them on track), as well as to offer guidance and tips throughout their studying and test-taking process.To be paired with a mentee or mentor, we will have a survey link shortly so that we can pair you with the best match possible.Please contact the co-chairs, Melanie Nembhard and/or Adam Sauter if you have any questions.