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First Time Award At Intel International Science And Engineering Fair

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will select a student for a 10-week paid summer internship at one of its NOAA labs in Boulder, Colo., as part of a new award called NOAA’s Taking the Pulse of the Planet Award. NOAA will choose a student whose science fair project best relates to NOAA’s mission and goals from those on display at the 56th Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, May 8-14, 2005, in Phoenix, Ariz. The fair is the largest pre-college science fair in the world.

The winner will receive a 10-week paid summer internship at one of NOAA’s research labs in Boulder, where the student will be paired with a NOAA scientist to work on atmospheric and other environmental research projects. The prize includes travel and living expenses and a certificate signed by the NOAA administrator. NOAA’s Office of Education and Sustainable Development is the sponsor of the award.

“This is a first for NOAA. This award gives us the opportunity to reward the scientific creativity and ingenuity of a bright student and gives her or him some hands-on experience in the field of environmental research,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “We are excited about the new connection to the next generation of scientists this award provides.”

Two NOAA judges from the Phoenix Weather Forecast Office, and one from the Environmental Technology Lab in Boulder, Colo. will review the eligible projects and make the final decision based on excellence in an area of NOAA-related sciences. The recipient must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. citizen.

Founded in 1950 by Science Service, the ISEF brings together more than 1,400 students from around the world to compete in the world’s largest pre-college science fair. This year’s grand prize is a $50,000 college scholarship. The NOAA award is one of over 80 special awards offered through the ISEF by government agencies, scientific, mathematical and engineering societies, corporations, associations, and colleges and universities.

NOAA 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 marine resources.

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