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: Summer Undergraduate Research Assistantships in China

The Harvard-China Project on Energy, Economy and Environment, based at the Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 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 from the Harvard Global Institute as part of a grant to the Harvard-China Project.

Last year, eight undergraduates undertook summer-long research assistantships arranged by the Harvard-China Project at Tsinghua University in Beijing and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Our students worked in the labs of English-speaking faculty advisors on an array of environmental topics ranging from ozone effects on crops, to the potential of algae as a zero-carbon energy source, to the economic challenges of China’s carbon trading scheme. Some also ventured to rural Shanxi province to participate in a field project building groundwater arsenic filters for local villagers. Read the Gazette’s interview with our students about their experiences.

About the 2018 Program

Visit the Harvard Gazette summary, which featured students' perspectives on their research experiences.

About the 2017 Program

Learn more 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.


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