MINORITY SERVING INSTITUTIONS TO RECEIVE $3.4M FROM NOAA
U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) announced $3.4 million in awards as part of
its Educational Partnership Program (EPP) with Minority Serving Institutions
(MSI): Environmental Entrepreneurship Program (EEP).
awards will go 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
EPP program also provides funding to cooperative science centers,
and undergraduate scholarship and graduate sciences programs to support
educational and research opportunities. The program is in its third
initiative is 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. “It is a special partnership involving
NOAA, several academic institutions and the public-private sector.”
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.
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 City, N.C. - $249,591
to 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.
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 partner institutions.
Community College, Laredo, Texas - $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.
City College of the City University of New York - $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
University of Texas in El Paso, Texas - $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.
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.
A & M University, Kingsville, Texas - $300,000 to provide
academic and 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
University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska - $299,260 to engage
students in internships and environmental science training opportunities
including a community watershed planning demonstration project with
NOAA and other partners.
University of Hawaii-Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii - $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 Program.
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
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
Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions: