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Education and Science Forum

The Biennial Education and Science Forum provides opportunities to showcase the results of collaborative research and education projects between students at NOAA EPP-funded academic institutions and NOAA scientists. The forum also generates new engagement opportunities and promotes professional development for STEM undergraduate and graduate students. 

8th Biennial Forum

The 8th Biennial EPP/MSI Forum was held August 28–31, 2016, at the The City College of New York. Go to the NOAA CREST Forum website for more information!offsite link

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Left to right: NOAA CSC Director Reza Khanbilvardi, NY Congressman Jose Serrano, CCNY Dean of Grove School of Engineering Gilda Barabino, VP of Government Affairs for American Sportfishing Association Scott Gudes, NOAA Deputy Administrator Manson Brown, and NOAA Education Director Louisa Koch. (NOAA CREST)

Forum Schedule

Forum 9 - 2018:     Howard University (upcoming)

Forum 8 2016:     The City College of The City University of New Yorkoffsite link

Forum 7 – 2014:     The University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Forum 6 – 2012:     Florida A&M University

Forum 5 – 2009:     Howard University

Forum 4 – 2006:     Florida A&M University

Forum 3 – 2004:     The City College of The City University of New York

Forum 2 – 2003:     NOAA (Silver Spring) - Howard University

Forum 1 – 2002:     The University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Students participate in the poster session at the 8th Biennial Education and Science Forum, hosted by NOAA CREST at the City College of New York.
Students participate in the poster session at the 8th Biennial Education and Science Forum, hosted by NOAA CREST at the City College of New York. (NOAA)

8th Biennial Forum - Oral Presentation Awards 

Name Center Status aWARD Theme
Armando Aispuro ECSC Graduate student 1st place (tie) Climate Adaptation & Mitigation
Elius Etienne CREST Graduate student 1st place (tie) Climate Adaptation & Mitigation
Arun Ravindranath CREST Graduate student 3rd place Climate Adaptation & Mitigation
Cheila Cullen CREST Graduate student 1st place Weather Ready Nation
Keren Rosado NCAS Graduate student 2nd place Weather Ready Nation
Luis Ortiz CREST Graduate student 3rd place Weather Ready Nation
Jessica Andrade LMRCSC Graduate student 1st place Healthy Oceans
Keith Leonard LMRCSC Graduate student 2nd place (tie) Healthy Oceans
Robert Figueroa-Downing ECSC Graduate student 2nd place (tie) Healthy Oceans
Shanna Williamson LMRCSC Graduate student 1st place Resilient Coastal Communities & Economies
Kristen Lycett LMRCSC Graduate student 2nd place Resilient Coastal Communities & Economies
Michelle Dovil NCAS Graduate student 3rd place Resilient Coastal Communities & Economies

Poster Presentation Awards

Undergraduate students

Name center award tHEME
Erica Andujar CREST 1st Climate Adaptation & Mitigation
Yanna Chen CREST 2nd Climate Adaptation & Mitigation
Wilson Pena CREST 3rd Climate Adaptation & Mitigation
Kweku Mills-Robertson CREST 1st Weather Ready Nation
Miguel Cortez NCAS 2nd Weather Ready Nation
Tony Hurt NCAS 3rd Weather Ready Nation
Niya Wilkins LMRCSC 1st Healthy Oceans
Tyler Plum LMRCSC 2nd (tie) Healthy Oceans
Vanessa Foster LMRCSC 2nd (tie) Healthy Oceans
Queriah Simpson ECSC 1st Resilient Coastal Communities & Economies
Valentina Rappa CREST 2nd Resilient Coastal Communities & Economies
Demarcus Robinson ECSC 3rd Resilient Coastal Communities & Economies

Poster Presentation Awards

Graduate students

David Melecio-Vazquez CREST 1st Climate Adaptation & Mitigation
Behzah Asadieh CREST 2nd Climate Adaptation & Mitigation
Kafayat Olayinka NCAS 3rd Climate Adaptation & Mitigation
Steven Buckner CREST 1st Weather Ready Nation
Daniel Yeager NCAS 2nd Weather Ready Nation
Sean Levor CREST 3rd Weather Ready Nation
Alex Tompkins ECSC 1st (tie) Healthy Oceans
Charles Downey ECSC 1st (tie) Healthy Oceans
Emma Schultz LMRCSC 3rd Healthy Oceans
Efosa Igbinigun NCAS 1st Resilient Coastal Communities & Economies
Alana Menendez CREST 2nd Resilient Coastal Communities & Economies

A group of students and Dr. Dionne Hoskins from Savannah State University, part of the NOAA Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center.
A group of students and Dr. Dionne Hoskins from Savannah State University, part of the NOAA Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center, at the 7th Biennial Education and Science Forum. (Photo Credit: Kristen Lycett)

7th Biennial Forum

The Seventh Biennial NOAA EPP/MSI Education and Science Forum was held from October 26–29, 2014, on the beautiful campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, lead institution of the Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center (LMRCSC). Nearly 400 participants shared education and research results and heard from senior academic and policy officials on topics related to NOAA's core mission goals of Climate Adaptation and Mitigation, Weather Ready Nation, Healthy Oceans, and Resilient Coastal Communities and Economies. Participants included students, alumni, faculty and staff from university partners of the four NOAA EPP/MSI Cooperative Science Centers located across the country. The Forum's theme was "Developing a Premier Future STEM Workforce to Support Environmental Sustainability"

Read more about the 2014 Education and Science Forum.