TEXAS SCHOOLS PART OF $3.4 MILLION
NOAA AWARD PROGRAM TO MINORITY SERVING INSTITUTIONS
Community College, the University of Texas, and Texas A & M University
will share $792,070 as part of a $3.4 million NOAA
Environmental Entrepreneurship Program (EPP). EPP is part of the
agency’s Educational Partnership
Program (EPP) with Minority Serving Institutions (MSI). NOAA,
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration, is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
The awards will be distributed to 13 minority-serving institutions
to develop and enhance educational programs and hands-on learning
experiences for students in atmospheric, environmental, oceanic sciences
and remote sensing technologies.
EPP program, in its third year, also provides funding to cooperative
science centers, and undergraduate scholarship and graduate sciences
programs to support educational and research opportunities.
educational initiative is a special partnership between NOAA, several
academic institutions and the public-private sector aimed at preparing
the next generation of students to pursue careers, advanced academic
studies, and new opportunities in the NOAA sciences,” said retired
Navy Vice Admiral Conrad
C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., undersecretary of commerce for oceans
and atmosphere and NOAA administrator.
Texas institutions are:
Community College, Laredo, - $249,500 to develop and enhance environmental
science coursework; hands-on training; internships with educational,
governmental and private partners; and student visits to NOAA facilities.
University of Texas, El Paso - $242,570 to promote, recruit and
train graduate and undergraduate students in environmental science
through curriculum enhancement, outreach, hands-on research, internship
and training in collaboration with the El Paso Area Forecast Office
of NOAA’s National Weather Service.
A & M University, Kingsville - $300,000 to provide academic
applied research training for students in an environmental demonstration
project that includes assessing the impact of urbanization on coastal
bays and estuaries in South Texas in collaboration with NOAA.
other EEP recipients are:
Development & Enhancement:
University, Miami Shores, Fla. - $250,000 to develop environmental
science research, educational and hands-on training opportunities
for students in partnership with NOAA programs and other governmental,
academic and research partners.
A & M University, Tallahassee, Fla. - $249,955 to train students
in interdisciplinary educational and research experiences in the
area of environmental measurement and modeling to determine ecological
impacts of several pollutants on the Apalachicola River ecosystem
in collaboration with NOAA.
International University, Miami, Fla. - $245,150 to engage undergraduate
students in hands-on environmental science research projects, experiences,
and internships at NOAA’s National Hurricane Center and other
Atlanta University, Atlanta, Ga. - $249,980 to enhance its atmospheric
and environmental science programs through curriculum enhancement;
research experiences; site visits and internship opportunities at
NOAA laboratories and facilities.
City State University, Elizabeth, N.C. - 249,591 will provide undergraduate
students with instruction, hands-on training and research experiences
in the study of protected species behavior using remote sensing
technologies in collaboration with NOAA programs.
City College of the City University of N.Y. - $249,972 to enhance
students’ knowledge and skills in coastal, oceanic, environmental
and remote sensing by enriching curriculum, engaging students in
research projects and visits to NOAA laboratories and facilities.
State University, Fresno, Calif. - $299,646 to train students in
deepwater marine habitat mapping and climate research, through internship
and research opportunities, in collaboration with NOAA’s National
Marine Fisheries Science Center.
University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska - $299,260 to engage students
in internships and environmental science training opportunities
including conducting a community watershed planning demonstration
project in collaboration with NOAA and other partners.
The University of Hawaii-Manoa - $281,809 to train students in watershed
assessment, coastal water quality management and related environmental
issues in collaboration with the NOAA Hawaii Sea Grant Extension
University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, Md. - $299,363
to train students in the development of a production and planting
business for submerged aquatic vegetation as a basis for restoring
and mitigating the Chesapeake and Maryland coastal bays.
is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through
the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events
and providing environmental stewardship of our nation's coastal and
Partnership program (EPP) with Minority Serving Institutions (MSI):