THREE FLORIDA UNIVERSITIES
PART OF $3.4 MILLION NOAA AWARD PROGRAM TO MINORITY SERVING INSTITUTIONS
University, Florida A & M University, and Florida International
University will share $745,105 as part of a $3.4 million NOAA Environmental
Entrepreneurship Program (EEP). The Entrepreneurship Program 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.
Florida institutions are:
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 partner institutions.
other EEP recipients are:
Program Development & Enhancement:
Clark 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.
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
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 conducting a community watershed planning demonstration
project in collaboration 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: http://epp.noaa.gov