When I was a student at MIT many years ago, I don't think the MIT Center for Environmental Health Sciences (CEHS) existed. I must have been a student during the stone ages.
Anyways, since environmental health is such a critical part of public health, I thought I'd bring some attention to the CEHS. They are funded by an NIH-NIEHS grant and they have many different projects going on right now. Although I was involved in research when I was an undergraduate student, I wish that I had done more research. I knew people who even spent a year or two doing full-time research after graduating.
Research is the key to innovation and improvement.