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Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies logo.

The 2021 GOES Virtual Science Fair (VSF) will be accepting projects from October 2020 to May 2021. Students can participate and submit individual projects from home or in small teams with classmates. The main requirement is using data from GOES-16 or GOES-17 to investigate weather and natural hazards. There will be three winning teams or individuals: middle school, high school or grades 13/14 (community college or university).

Students from the winning teams will receive $25 gift cards and official GOES-T launch viewing invitations to KSC (travel support not included) currently scheduled for December 2021.

Contact: Margaret Mooney, margaret.mooney@ssec.wisc.edu

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Chesapeake Bay Summer Internship Program

Chesapeake Bay Summer Internship Program.

Each summer, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office, in partnership with the Chesapeake Research Consortium, offers several paid summer internships primarily geared toward current undergraduate students. Internships focus on scientific field research to resource management and policy.

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The Cooperative Institute for Climate, Ocean, and Ecosystem Studies Undergraduate Internship Program recipients from 2017.

Summer research opportunities are available for grade 10-12 undergraduate interns through the Cooperative Institute for Climate, Ocean, and Ecosystem Sciences (CICOES). Interns are matched with a research project within one of CICOES nine research themes and work with a CICOES, NOAA, or University of Washington (UW) scientist at either the UW campus or the NOAA Northwest Regional Center in Seattle. Students will receive a stipend of $600 per week ($5,400 for the summer). CICOES also covers the cost of travel to and from Seattle and provides housing on the University of Washington campus.

Contact: Jed Thompson, jedthom@uw.edu

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View of Earth from a satellite.

The Cooperative Institute for Modeling the Earth System (CIMES) at Princeton University in collaboration with NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) is recruiting both undergraduate and graduate students for 8-10 week research internships in atmospheric, oceanic and earth system science. Awardees will work with host scientists at the NOAA/GFDL, a world-leading center of earth system modeling, research and prediction.

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EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship Program

EPP Class of 2016 Group Photo
(Left to Right) Kekeh Akofa, Kammie-Dominique Tavares, Kirby Bartlett, Robert Abitbol, Char’mane Robinson, Valentina Rappa, Maria Cogliando

The EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship Program provides scholarships for two years of undergraduate study to rising junior undergraduate students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields that directly support NOAA's mission. Participants conduct research at a NOAA facility during two paid summer internships.

Important dates: Applications are available annually from September through January.

Contact: epp.usp@noaa.gov

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Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Hollings Scholar Ashley Hann conducts fisheries research.

The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to $9,500 per year) for two years of full-time study and a 10-week, full-time paid internship during the summer at a NOAA facility.

Important dates: Applications are available annually from September through January.

Contact: studentscholarshipprograms@noaa.gov

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GLOBE International Virtual Science Symposium

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GLOBE is excited to host the 2021 GLOBE International Virtual Science Symposium (IVSS)! The IVSS is a way for primary through undergraduate students from all GLOBE countries to showcase their research and hard work. With GLOBE, students learn the practices of science through hands-on investigations in their own communities, sparking their curiosity and interest in science. This often leads to inquiries that help solve real-world problems and further understanding of our global environment. It's time for your students to show the world what they've learned!

Important date: The IVSS informational webinaroffsite link is on October 7, 2020, at 11 am Eastern.

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Apply for a Great Lakes Summer Fellowship!

The Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) administers an annual Great Lakes Summer Fellows Program, in partnership with the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL). This program helps place promising undergraduate (junior or senior as of Fall 2021*) and graduate students with both academic and federal research mentors. Through this program, students work on substantive research issues in the Great Lakes and undergo a career training program that equips them with the knowledge and skills to be the next generation of Great Lakes scientists. We seek to use these fellowships to increase diversity in STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and math) and strongly encourage applications from students who identify with groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in government and academic workforces.

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IN FISH is a new Inclusive NOAA Fisheries Internship Program.

IN FISH (Inclusive NOAA Fisheries Internship program) is an undergraduate research and resource management program. It is a paid ten-week program that includes an ecosystems dynamics course and research project with NOAA. Applications are especially encouraged from students from groups underrepresented in the marine and environmental sciences and resource management fields: African American, Hispanic American, Native American, Asian Pacific Islander, and Alaska Native. 

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NEFSC.APO@noaa.gov

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High school students participate in the LiMPETS environmental monitoring program in Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.

LiMPETS is a citizen science program that monitors the coastal ecosystems of California and helps youth develop a scientific understanding of the ocean. LiMPETS monitors the biology in rocky intertidal and sandy beach ecosystems and aims to provide publicly accessible, scientifically sound, long-term data to inform marine resource management and the scientific community.

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National Coral Reef Management Fellowship

NOAA Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary is one of the largest live-bottom reefs of the southeastern United States.

The fellowship program creates seven two-year positions at institutions in coral reef states and territories. Each position has its own distinct work plan, responding to specific needs for increased coral reef management capacity in each coral reef jurisdiction and provides training and professional development opportunities. Fellows will work on issues affecting U.S. coral reef ecosystems including climate change, land-based sources of pollution and fishing.

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Office of Ocean Exploration and Research Explorer-in-Training Program

Explorer in Training Rebekah Hernandez deploys the expendable bathythermograph, a device that records water temperature, off the stern of the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer.

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) places mapping trainees to participate in the Okeanos Explorer-in-Training program. This program is open to enrolled undergraduate and graduate students as well as individuals who have recently graduated from a higher education program. The Explorer-in-Training program will provide the opportunity to gain experience using an advanced multibeam bathymetric sonar mapping system, while contributing in a significant way to the Okeanos Explorer ocean exploration mission.

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Pacific Island Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) Young Scientist Opportunity

Logo for Pacific Island Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) https://www.pifsc.noaa.gov/ featuring several species of fish and coral, a seal, a turtle, a whale tail, and a fishing vessel.

The PIFSC Young Scientist Opportunity (PYSO) is a collaborative program between PIFSC and the Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (JIMAR) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. This program offers qualified participants professional scientific research experience and formal training opportunities tailored to meet their educational and professional goals and interests.

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Pathways Program

The Pathways Program

The Federal Government has taken steps to help students and recent graduates join the Federal service. New opportunities will appear on USAJOBS as agencies post them.

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Sea Grant undergraduate opportunities

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Sea Grant is a national network that consists of 34 university-based college programs around the U.S and the National Sea Grant Library. Sea Grant undergraduate opportunities provide hands-on research experiences, financial assistance, research funding, and professional development experiences in new careers.

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Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) is an undergraduate-to-graduate bridge program designed to broaden participation in the atmospheric and related sciences. SOARS participants, called protégés, spend up to four summers doing research in atmospheric and related sciences. SOARS offers comprehensive financial support for summer research, as well as undergraduate and graduate school funding. NOAA's Climate Program Office supports protégés, and NOAA staff serve as SOARS mentors and instructors.

Contact: Laura Duggan, lallen@ucar.edu

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The William M. Lapenta NOAA Student Internship Program

NOAA College Park, MD

NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) is "Where America's Climate and Weather Services Begin." NCEP is offering up to 20 paid summer internships targeted towards current 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate and enrolled graduate students to work in areas that will meet the future needs of the ever-broadening user community and address the strategic climate-water-weather issues. Each student will collaborate with one or more scientists at our five centers located in College Park, Maryland.

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Virtual Student Federal Service Internships

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The Virtual Student Federal Service (VSFS) program is an academic year remote internship program for undergraduate and graduate students, or students in a college-level certificate program, who are U.S. citizens and would like to make a real difference in the work of the U.S. government. Students can choose a project within NOAA or other federal government agencies and complete their internship in a virtual setting.

Important dates: Applications are open annually during the month of July, internships begin in September and end in May.

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