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Cooperative Science Centers

A group of NOAA EPP/MSI-supported students at the 7th Biennial Education and Science Forum.
A group of NOAA EPP/MSI-supported students at the 7th Biennial Education and Science Forum. (Credit: Kristen Lycett)

Since the first awards were made in 2001, NOAA EPP/MSI Cooperative Science Centers have awarded post-secondary degrees to over 1,800 students in NOAA-mission fields. The primary long term goal of EPP/MSI is to increase the number of students, particularly from underrepresented communities, who attend NOAA CSC institutions and graduate with degrees in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and natural resource management/policy. These graduates will be diverse and well-trained candidates for the future NOAA workforce.

Current CSC awards support Centers at:

  • Florida A&M University
  • Howard University
  • City College of the City University of New York
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore

These institutions partner with 24 additional universities. These Centers train students in core NOAA mission fields: 

  • coastal and marine ecosystems
  • atmospheric sciences & meteorology
  • earth system sciences and remote sensing technology
  • living marine resources

The CSC awards support:

  1. increasing the number of post secondary graduates with STEM degrees who are qualified to solve today’s environmental and technological challenges;
  2. creating new opportunities for underrepresented populations to be introduced to career paths within NOAA; and,
  3. working collaboratively with NOAA in areas of science, resource management and social science solutions to real world problems in local communities.