We work with university students and high school students and their respective institutions. University students of any background interested in air quality education can become a mentor by applying to the program and going through our training. High schools students are between 8-12 grade as the program curriculum may be too advanced for younger students.
September – December: selected university mentors receive training and conduct independent air quality research projects
December – April: university student mentors train and support high school students in implementing their group air quality research projects
April – May: Symposium event where all students and university mentors present their research posters to the general public.
The AQIQ program is implemented through the partnership between the Hannigan Air Quality and Technology Research Lab in the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Colorado Boulder, USA, National University of Mongolia’s Department of Environment and Forest Engineering, Public Lab Mongolia, a local non-governmental organization. Canada Fund for Local Initiatives supported the first year of the AQIQ program in Mongolia in 2020-2021.
The AQIQ program in the United States has engaged about 50 university students, and over 2,000 high school students since its launch in 2013.
The AQIQ Mongolia Chapter program launched in 2020, with six university mentors and 60 high school students from three local high schools in Ulaanbaatar. AQIQ Mongolia Chapter plans to expand its outreach to other provinces in the coming years.