FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Bob Hopkins
Ceremony Marks Education, Research and Outreach Grant Awards to
Selected Minority-Serving Institutions
of Commerce Deputy Secretary Sam
Bodman along with
EEP is part of NOAA's recently announced $15 million Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions initiative. The awards will be distributed over the next three years.
Representatives from City College of New York, Florida A&M University, Howard University and University of Maryland-Eastern Shore were on hand to receive $10 million in funding to serve as lead MSIs in establishing Cooperative Science Centers. The centers will conduct research and training in the areas of remote sensing, environmental sciences, atmospheric sciences and living marine resources.
"Minority Serving Institutions are making significant contributions in the areas of engineering, math and science," said Commerce Secretary Don Evans. "The Department of Commerce commends these scientific efforts and the NOAA Educational Partnership Program is providing new opportunity to further these outstanding research and education programs."
Funds provided through EEP support educational experiences that combine course work with environmental "hands-on" stewardship and conservation. The goal is to educate and train students at MSIs, create jobs and develop environmental outreach projects while effectively managing natural resources.
"I am proud to award these institutions for the important work they will be conducting for our nation," said Bodman. "By creating opportunities like this for students, educators and researchers, we are building futures, furthering the goals of science, and protecting the environment."
NOAA's Educational Partnership Program with MSIs (EPP/MSI) is designed to support the development of quality education to students while meeting the prescribed goals of NOAA and the nation. Working with partner MSIs and other research and federal government institutions, the NOAA program provides opportunities and develops curricula for students to pursue careers in atmospheric, environmental and oceanic sciences and remote sensing.
"The Environmental Entrepreneurship Program benefits both students and our ecology," said NOAA Acting Administrator Scott Gudes. "By getting faculty and students out in the field, they gain precious experience they could not get in a classroom. Also, they're actively playing a part in research, management and protection, part of NOAA's objective."
In addition to the Environmental Entrepreneurship Program and establishing the four Cooperative Science Centers, NOAA's EPP/MSI initiative provides funding for an Undergraduate Scholarship Program and a Graduate Sciences Program to support the training of students attending MSIs in NOAA-related sciences.
Eleven EEP grants and cooperative agreements were awarded to 10 MSIs around the nation for specific educational, research and outreach projects:
For more information on NOAA's Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions, please visit http://www.ofa.noaa.gov/~sdb/EPPS1.htm.
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