NOAA's Educational Partnership Program
|NOAA Hollings Scholar Julie Simon and NOAA EPP Undergraduate Scholar Carlos Reyes-DeJongh with Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez and NOAA Administrator VADM Conrad Lautenbacher at the 2007 NOAA Fish Fry.|
Established in 2001, NOAA's Educational Partnership Program provides financial assistance through competitive processes to minority serving institutions that support research and training of students in NOAA-related sciences. The program's goal is to increase the number of students who are trained and graduate in sciences directly related to NOAA's mission.
The Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions also seeks to increase collaborative research efforts between NOAA scientists and researchers at minority serving academic institutions. Financial assistance is provided through four competitive program components: the Cooperative Science Centers , the Environmental Entrepreneurship Program, the Graduate Sciences Program, and the Undergraduate Scholarship Program.
Cooperative Science Centers have been established at minority serving institutions (MSIs) to advance scientific research and to provide training to students in coursework directly related to NOAA's mission.
EEP offers grants to attract historically underrepresented groups to environmental sciences for program development and environmental demonstration projects.
The Graduate Sciences Program is designed to recruit and provide graduate level training in NOAA-related sciences to outstanding minority and women candidates.
This program offers internships and scholarships to 10 students attending MSI annually. These students undertake course work and graduate with degrees in specific areas or fields integral to NOAA's mission.