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The University of Alaska in Fairbanks received $494,591 under a new competitive grant program to encourage high school students to study science. The program was added this year to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s effort to develop and enhance educational opportunities at minority-serving institutions.
Also receiving grants are Florida A& M University in Tallahassee, Fla., Miami Dade College in Miami, Fla., Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., and Universidad del Turabo in Gurabo, Puerto Rico.
“The High School Pipeline projects will attract, recruit, and train a 'pipeline' of high school students to pursue careers, advanced degrees, or environmental entrepreneurship opportunities in the sciences directly related to NOAA's mission,” said Jacqueline Rousseau, director of NOAA’s Educational Partnership Program. “Minority-serving institutions will partner with NOAA, local high schools, academic institutions, and the public and private sector. The ultimate goal of the project is to ensure students have an understanding of the fundamental concepts of NOAA sciences.”
Five other institutions in Georgia, New York, Washington, and California, also received grants of about $500,000 each to develop and enhance educational programs and hands-on learning experiences for students in atmospheric, environmental, oceanic sciences and remote sensing technologies.
The EPP program, in its fourth year, also provides funding to cooperative science centers, and undergraduate scholarship and graduate sciences programs to support educational and research opportunities.
“This 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.
The recipients are:
High School Science Pipeline Projects
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, 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. Through the emerging Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), NOAA is working with its federal partners and nearly 60 countries to develop a global monitoring network that is as integrated as the planet it observes.
On the Web:
NOAA Administrator Conrad C. Lautenbacher: http://www.noaa.gov/lautenbacher.html
Partnership program with Minority Serving Institutions: http://epp.noaa.gov/