Summer Programs

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    Andrew Pendergrass, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

    Drew Pendergrass (second from left) worked on ozone's relationship with meteorological conditions with Prof Amos Tai (left)

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    Andrei Iliescu, Tsinghua University

    Andrei examines sediment as his team works to survey groundwater contamination in a village in Pinyao, Shanxi Province, China

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    Shannon Beattie, Tsinghua University

    Shannon prepares dinner after fieldwork. She and her team installed a system to treat arsenic-polluted groundwater in Pingyao

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    Harvard-China Project Summer Research Assistants in Beijing

    Andrei Iliescu, Aditya Mahadevan, Irene Lu, China Project Program Manager Tiffany Chan, Julia Henry, Caleb Ren, Katie Schluntz

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    Irene Lu and Julia Henry, Tsinghua University

    Irene and Julia visit Inner Mongolia during their summer-long environmental research program

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    Summer Research Assistants Explore the Great Wall

    Left to right: Shannon Beattie, Irene Lu, Julia Henry, Aditya Mahadevan

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    Summer Research Assistants Explore Beijing

    Left to right: Andrei Iliescu, Irene Lu, Caleb Ren, Aditya Mahadevan

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    Andrew Pendergrass, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

    Drew explores Hong Kong during his summer research experience

China's Environmental Challenges 2018: Summer Undergraduate Research Assistantships in China

Program Dates: June 15, 2018 – August 16, 2018
Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Q&A Session: Monday, February 12, 2018, 5pm, Pierce Hall 100F

The Harvard-China Project on Energy, Economy and Environment will provide generous financial support for six Harvard undergraduates to spend the summer in China conducting research on China’s energy and environmental future under the guidance of an English-speaking professor at a leading university, from June 15 to August 16, 2018. The China Project has solicited a variety of research assistant opportunities supervised by Chinese faculty who graduated from Harvard and/or whom we know through ongoing research collaborations. The research topics, ranging from groundwater contamination and carbon trading to algae-based carbon capture and solar PV production, are listed here.

Students participating in the program can elect either to conduct nine weeks of research (June 15, 2018—August 16, 2018) OR seven weeks of research (June 15, 2018—August 2, 2018) combined with a two-week summer school on Chinese environmental challenges organized by the Tsinghua University School of Environment (August 3, 2018—August 16, 2018). The summer school will be similar to a program that thirty Harvard undergraduate students attended last summer. Students need not make a decision between these two options until after being accepted to the program.

This summer program is made possible thanks to major support from the Harvard Global Institute to the Harvard-China Project, on the theme of “China 2030/2050: Energy and Environmental Challenges for the Future.” 


All current Harvard undergraduate students are eligible to apply; however, priority will be given to rising juniors and seniors. Because of the nature of the research topics, concentrators in ESPP, EPS, ESE, other sciences and engineering, and Economics will have an advantage, but we welcome applications from all concentrations.

Financial Support and Other Details

All students accepted to the program will automatically receive generous financial support, which will cover round-trip airfare to and from China, accommodation expenses, and tuition fees for the summer school (should they elect that option). A nominal stipend will also be included. Summer savings will be covered.

Students will stay in on-campus dormitories at the university of the supervising professor. All professors are fluent in English, and the optional summer school will be taught in English, so no knowledge of Chinese language is required to participate.

Q&A Session Monday, February 12, 2018, 5pm, Pierce Hall 100F

Harvard-China Project staff and a participating Tsinghua University professor will be available to answer questions about the research assistantship program.

Application Deadline Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Click here to apply!


Contact Tiffany Chan, Program Manager at the Harvard-China Project, at