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February 5, 2021

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

American Meteorological Society (AMS) Graduate Fellowships support students entering their first year in graduate school through $25,000 stipends and partial support to attend the annual AMS national meeting. Applicants must be seeking degrees in the fields of atmospheric sciences, chemistry, computer sciences, engineering, environmental sciences, hydrology, mathematics, oceanography, and physics. NOAA's Climate Program Office provides funding to support three AMS graduate fellows per year.

Contact: Donna Fernandez, dfernandez@ametsoc.org

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The joint Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) - Northeast Fisheries Science Center Aquaculture Graduate Research Fellowship aims to support graduate students to help them become tomorrow’s leaders in aquaculture science and management. The selected fellow will have the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive set of professional development trainings offered by VASG to enhance their career readiness.

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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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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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The Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) is hosting a week-long residential summer camp for high school students (since 1991!). Due to COVID-19 safety considerations, CIMSS is creating an online learning experience for summer 2021. For the week of June 21-24, 2021, CIMSS invites high school students to join them virtually to learn about basic meteorology, satellite remote sensing, severe weather, and climate change. Tune in to daily weather briefs to enter the Friday weather forecast contest.

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

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The Verner E. Suomi Scholarship Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Physical Sciences is a $2,000 scholarship opportunity for college-bound high school seniors. The University of Wisconsin-Madison's Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) invites applications for the 2021 Verner E. Suomi Scholarship.

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

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This program provides an opportunity for recent graduates of master's and Ph.D. programs to work with state coastal zone programs to gain on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy.

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The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium Coastal Science Fellowship for Minority Undergraduates will allow students to learn how coastal resources are managed, gain hands-on experience in research, outreach and/or education, and learn about potential career paths. Fellows will complete the 10-week fellowship on the Alabama or Mississippi coast. Current juniors from Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Alabama and Mississippi may apply. 

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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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This program provides an opportunity for recent graduates of master's and Ph.D. programs to work with Digital Coast Partnership organizations to gain on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy.

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The Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program recognizes outstanding scholarship and encourages independent graduate level research — particularly by female and minority students — in NOAA mission-related sciences of oceanography, marine biology and maritime archaeology, including all science, engineering, and resource management of ocean and coastal areas.

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Endangered Species Day (the third Friday in May) is an annual day of celebration for the public to learn about endangered and threatened species and what we can all do to help them. Every May-June, NOAA Fisheries participates in several Endangered Species Day events and also holds their own annual Marine Endangered Species Art Contest. 

Important dates: Art contest entries are due in the spring of each year.

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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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September 25, 2020

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 webinar offsite link is on October 7, 2020, at 11 am Eastern.

January 8, 2021

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.

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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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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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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Graduate students will be placed at the national estuarine research reserves to address key coastal management questions to help scientists and communities understand coastal challenges. The fellows’ projects may influence future policy and management strategies. Specific fellowship benefits include cross-discipline research, networking opportunities, professional mentoring, and career-readiness training.
Deadline: December of every other year
Length: Two years

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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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This program provides support for graduate students working toward a Ph.D. in fisheries population dynamics or in marine resource, natural resource, or environmental economics. Two to four fellowships in each of the two areas of study are generally awarded each year. The fellowship was established in 1999 and is sponsored by the NOAA Fisheries and the National Sea Grant College Program.

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Strengthen understanding of climate variability and change. Work alongside scientists at major U.S. universities and organizations. Climate and Global Change fellows are hosted by mentoring scientists at U.S. universities and research institutions to work on questions of mutual interest. The program supports research on climate variations with time scales of seasons to centuries.

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This program provides interdisciplinary opportunities that enable the next generation of ocean explorers to increase their competitiveness in ocean-related fields. Shore-based or at-sea internships can include collaboration on ongoing projects or supporting expeditions and are available to undergraduate students, graduate students and recent graduates.

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Ocean Guardian Programs are designed to encourage children to explore their natural surroundings to form a sense of personal connection to the ocean and/or watersheds in which they live. Find out more about the activity book, kids club and more.

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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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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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Explore the interface between climate science and its applications. Find your niche in a range of settings across the United States.

PACE develops the pool of scientists working at the interface between climate science and its applications. The program helps bring advances in climate science into decision-making tools and frameworks while strengthening collaboration across disciplines, institutions, and sectors.

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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 graduate opportunities provide hands-on research experiences, financial assistance, research funding, and professional development experiences in new careers.

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The Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship provides a unique educational experience to graduate students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The Fellowship matches highly qualified graduate students with "hosts" in the legislative and executive branch of government located in the Washington, D.C. area, for a one year paid fellowship.

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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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This program provides an opportunity for graduate students to work with members of the Great Lakes science, policy and information/education communities to advance the environmental quality and sustainable economic development goals of the Great Lakes states. The fellow will contribute to and benefit from research coordination and policy analysis activities. This program is sponsored by the Great Lakes Commission, the NOAA National Sea Grant College Program, and the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network.

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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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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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