Summer Programs

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

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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: Summer Undergraduate Research Assistantships in China 2021

Interested in conducting environmental research in China?

The Harvard-China Project on Energy, Economy and Environment has developed unique summer opportunities in the past years for Harvard undergraduates to travel to China to learn about and experience firsthand the international dimensions of environmental and climate challenges. All past student participants received full funding.

• In 2018, eight undergraduates undertook summer-long research assistantships at Tsinghua University in Beijing and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
• Students worked in the labs of English-speaking faculty advisors on topics ranging from the potential of algae as a zero-carbon energy source, to the economic challenges of China’s carbon trading scheme.
• Some of the students also ventured to rural Shanxi province to build groundwater arsenic filters for villagers.

Depending on the level of interest among Harvard students and availability of our Chinese institutional partners, the China Project is likely to offer a summer opportunity in 2021 similar to the one that ran in 2018. More details will be announced by late December 2020. Sign up to receive more information as it becomes available!

About Our Past Programs

2020 Program

This year's program was unfortunately cancelled by the global coronavirus pandemic.

2018 Program

Learn about the 2018 summer research program at Tsinghua University and Chinese University of Hong Kong in a Harvard Gazette story, which featured students' perspectives on their experiences.

2017 Program

Learn about our 2017 summer program, which sent thirty Harvard College undergraduate students to Tsinghua University for a two-week intensive summer program on China's environmental challenges.

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