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Dr. Martin Blank - SYB Scholarship

Dr. Martin Blank - SYB Scholarship

Dr. Martin Blank - SYB Scholarship

The Dr. Martin Blank – SYB Scholarship has been created to encourage the participation of under-represented communities in the area of building health, safety and education by covering the tuition costs of the Building Biology Advocacy (BBA) Program at the Building Biology Institute (a $965 value). 

Dr. Martin Blank Scholars

Kia Davis

Kia Davis is the founder and owner of the Carsyn Neille Foundation and the first-ever recipient of the Dr. Martin Blank-SYB Scholarship. Ms. Davis turned her personal tragedy into hope for so many families by becoming a sustainable home guru in the childhood cancer community, with a passion for building and designing non-toxic spaces.

Layla Khatib

Layla Khatib is a Clinical Instructor on the Public Health Faculty at Lebanese University with expertise in training, coaching and mentoring. It is Ms. Khatib’s personal mission to bring knowledge and education of a wide variety of environmental health issues to a wider audience in Lebanon in order to create a healthier world in her country.

Sharon McCormack

Sharon McCormack is an Environmental Health Officer with the City of Edinburgh in Scotland. She is responsible for enforcement of food law, ship sanitation, and health and safety inspections, dealing with a range of complaints in relation to public health, food, health & safety for the people of Edinburgh. She has demonstrated her care and focus on issues around EMF through leadership and activism in her community.

About the Scholarship

There is no formal deadline. Applications are evaluated as they are received.

A winner will be selected at the discretion of R Blank (Dr. Blank’s son, and the CEO of SYB) in collaboration with the Building Biology Institute. 

Applicants must be:

  • From a community that is underserved by, and lacks equitable and sufficient access to, resources in line with the information taught in the BBA program;
  • Demonstrate an ability to communicate to a wider audience in their community (such as a podcast, YouTube channel, church or community group leader);
  • Under the age of 50;
  • Able to devote the time sufficient to complete the rigorous program within 12 months;
  • Able to have regular and reliable internet access.

Please note:

  • This program is open to residents of anywhere in the world;
  • This program can be completed entirely online. No travel is necessary.

The Building Biology Institute (BBI) trains graduates to use the knowledge, tools, and skills they acquire during their course of study to actively assess and find solutions to the problems created from the misuse of chemistry and technology.

BBI has always been open to all, from working professionals to the general public, and a technical background is not necessary to successfully complete the program.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

About Dr. Martin Blank

Dr. Martin Blank was one of the world’s leading EMF scientists, academics and activists for over 30 years. 

He performed decades of research at Columbia University Medical School and the US Office of Naval Research. Among many other roles, Dr. Blank was the spokesman for the global scientists appeal on EMF radiation submitted to the United Nations, an author of the BioInitiative Report, presided as president of the Bioelectromagnetics Society (BEMS), served as an invited expert regarding EMF safety for Canadian Parliament, for the House Committee on Natural Resources and Energy (HNRE) in Vermont, and for Brazil’s Supreme Federal Court. He is also the author, along with his son R Blank, of Overpowered.

This scholarship was established in 2020 in Dr. Blank’s memory, by his son, R Blank, in collaboration with the Building Biology Institute, with the goal of expanding knowledge of EMF health and safety to a community that has traditionally been under-represented in this field.


Above is the video of Dr. Blank announcing the International’s EMF Scientist Appeal. Dr. Blank brought over 30 years of experience conducting EMF research at Columbia University and served as president of the Bioelectromagnetics Society. In his own words, Dr. Blank gives a compelling explanation of the global public health crisis we are now facing due to increasing levels of environmental pollution from electrical and wireless infrastructures and devices that are supported by a multitude of EMF sources.

About the Building Biology Institute

The Building Biology Institute’s mission, now in its 33rd year, is to help create healthy homes, schools, and workplaces free of toxic indoor air, tap-water pollutants, and hazards posed by electromagnetic radiation.

The BBI fulfills its mission by guiding both the general public and working professionals (architects, builders, engineers, interior design professionals, physicians, nurses, and other health care practitioners, real estate professionals, etc.) to an understanding of the vital and complex interrelationship between the natural and built environments, and teach them the means for merging these complementary environments into greater harmony and planetary health.

About the BBA Certification

Designed for environmentally conscious people from all walks of life, Building Biology Advocate (BBA) certification will give you the knowledge and skills with which to improve your own dwellings and workplaces, and educate others in this increasingly vital area of public health and well-being. BBA certification is also ideal for students and industry professionals who are seeking to complement their credentials in such fields as architecture, city planning, green building, interior and landscape design, Feng Shui, natural health, and the practice of medicine.

Please note that Building Biology Advocates (BBAs) are certified in Building Biology theory, but are not certified to assess, identify, and/or mitigate indoor environmental hazards to human health. Prior alumni of this program are Building Biology Practitioners (BBP), and they are subject to the same limitations stated as our BBAs are, here above.

About SYB

SYB was founded in 2012 by R Blank, Dr. Martin Blank’s son. 

SYB’s mission is to make technology safer for you to use and enjoy.