Announcing the 2018 NOAA undergraduate scholars

April 30, 2018 This year, the NOAA Office of Education selected 150 Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholars and eight Educational Partnership Program Undergraduate Scholars, making 2018 the second largest NOAA undergraduate scholarship class. The NOAA Office of Education notified the NOAA undergraduate scholarship awardees during the month of April.
NOAA Scholars in Silver Spring, MD, for the Science and Education Symposium.

NOAA reviewed nearly 600 applications for these two competitive scholarships. Collectively, NOAA undergraduate scholarship programs selected scholars studying at 100 different campuses in 35 U.S. states, as well as the U.S. Virgin Islands. The new NOAA scholars are rising juniors studying a broad range of disciplines including biology, climatology, marine science, biochemistry, cell biology, environmental science, meteorology, and atmospheric science.

The Director of NOAA Education, Louisa Koch, remarked, "NOAA welcomes the 2018 undergraduate scholars, an accomplished group of students ready to investigate our changing environment, from forecasting severe storms, to monitoring our climate, to managing the nation’s fisheries, and to restoring our coasts. We are proud to help educate the next generation of scientists, stewards, and educators."

NOAA welcomes the 2018 Undergraduate Scholars, an accomplished group of students ready to investigate our changing environment.

The 2018 NOAA undergraduate scholars will travel to Silver Spring, Maryland, for orientation from May 29 - 31, 2018. During orientation, they will meet NOAA scientists and their peers and learn about the extensive NOAA internship opportunities available to them. Applications will open for the 2019 scholarship class in September 2018 and close at the end of January 2019.

NOAA Hollings Scholars Michaela Lawrence and Cheyenne Maio-Silva, working at the University of South Florida College of Marine Sciences as part of a partnership with NOAA, IOOS and SECOORA. Their internships were focused on the 2017 Coastal Ocean Monitoring and Prediction System (COMPS) Mooring Cruise, involving setup, deployment, and analysis of in-situ oceanography instruments. They were part of the field operations team and also got their American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) scientific dive certification.

Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship

The Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship was established in 2005, in honor of Senator Ernest F. Hollings, who was well known for supporting ocean policy and conservation. The Hollings Scholarship includes a two-year academic scholarship and a summer internship opportunity for full-time undergraduate STEM and education majors. Students apply in their second year of undergraduate study and must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Scholarship recipients receive an academic award of $9,500 per year, as well as a 10-week, full-time, paid summer internship at any NOAA facility nationwide, with all travel expenses included in the award. Scholars receive funding to present their NOAA research projects at up to two national scientific conferences.

EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholars - Class of 2017. Front row (left to right): Kayleen Torrez, Danielle Olive, Imani Wilburn, Nikola Rodriguez and Camisha Few. Back row (left to right): Sarfo Kantanka, Draven Hawk and Stephen Thompson.

Educational Partnership Program Undergraduate Scholarship

The Educational Partnership Program with Minority-Serving Institutions (EPP/MSI) was established in 2001 to support the training of postsecondary students pursuing degrees that directly support NOAA’s mission while attending a Minority-Serving Institution. The EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship includes a two year academic scholarship and two paid summer internship opportunities. EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholars must have and maintain a 3.2 GPA per term and cumulatively. Scholars receive an academic stipend of $9,500 per year, and funding to present the results of the research they conducted during their summer internships at two national scientific conferences.

Contact: NOAA Office of Education
1315 East West Hwy SSMC 3 / Rm 10734
Silver Spring, MD 20910

EPP Undergraduate Scholars

STATE name university
CA Delaena Stephens University of La Verne
GA Taylor Miller Spelman College
HI Gina Selig University of Hawaii at Hilo
KS Annalise Guthrie Haskell Indian Nations University
MD India Oliver University of Maryland Eastern Shore
TX Analyssa Hernandez Texas A&M University - Kingsville
VA Janelle Layton Hampton University
VI Jendahye Antoine University of the Virgin Islands

Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholars:

AL Sydney Lybrand Northeast Alabama Community College
AL Raien Emery The University of Alabama
AL Nicholas Johnson University of Alabama in Huntsville
AL Dean Meyer University of Alabama in Huntsville
AL Rebekah Cheatham University of South Alabama
AL Evan Mazur University of South Alabama
CA Lauren Castanon California State University, Monterey Bay
CA Marisa Thompson California State University, Monterey Bay
CA Brianne Visaya Los Medanos College
CA Eliseanne Koskelo Pomona College
CA Laura Anderson Stanford University
CA Osanna Drake Stanford University
CA Nathan Marshall Stanford University
CA Casey Mullins Stanford University
CA Rebecca Nelson Stanford University
CA Mia Silverberg University of California - Berkeley
CA Gabriella Mukai University of California - Davis
CA Emi Zeger University of California - Los Angeles
CA Harrison Knapp University of Southern California
CO Louisa Markow Colorado State University
CO Jarod Snook Colorado State University
CO Jonah Pehl University of Northern Colorado
CT Mahima Kumara Yale University
FL Rosemary Burkhalter-Castro Eckerd College
FL Justin Chandler-Holtz Eckerd College
FL Herbert Leavitt Eckerd College
FL Briana Matthews Eckerd College
FL Eliza Mills Eckerd College
FL Tristan Shonat Eckerd College
FL Nathan Hadland Florida Institute of Technology
FL Mark Haver Florida Southern College
FL Jennifer Magi Florida State University
FL Anna Wuest Florida State University
FL Morgan Will Nova Southeastern University
FL Kaden Loring St. Thomas University
FL Carina Burroughs University of Miami
FL Kaylie Costa University of Miami
FL Emily Green University of Miami
FL  Toni Lohroff University of Miami
FL Kathleen Mager University of Miami
FL Rachel Sandquist University of Miami
FL Andrew Scotti University of Miami
GA Emma Reinhardt Georgia Institute of Technology
GA Charlotte Dungan Mercer University
GA Miranda Hermes University of Georgia
HI Clara Smith University of Hawaii at Hilo
HI Diana Lopera University of Hawaii at Manoa
HI Andrew Tokuda University of Hawaii at Manoa
IA Melissa Piper Iowa State University
IL Rachel So Northwestern University
IL Haley Capone University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
IL Alexa Yeo University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
IN Abby Sebol Purdue University
IN Angela Mose Valparaiso University
KY Dallas Mckinney Western Kentucky University
LA Brandon Cohen Northeast Louisiana University
MA Lara Hakam Boston University
MA Gretchen McCarthy Boston University
MA Tony Pham Boston University
MA Amy Li Harvard University
MA Drew Pendergrass Harvard University
MA Madison Pickett Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MA Mark Desimone University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
MD Lucy Webb Johns Hopkins University
MD Samantha Koehler Salisbury State University
MD Kayla Rexroth Salisbury State University
MD Colman Welles St. Mary's College of Maryland
MD Madeline Beaudry University of Maryland College Park
MD Candela Cerpa University of Maryland College Park
MD Donald De Alwis University of Maryland College Park
MD Megan Forte University of Maryland College Park
ME Sarah Walker Bowdoin College
ME Jessica Lindsay Maine MaritIme Academy
MI Sabrina Curtis Michigan State University
MI Jordan Fuse University of Michigan
MN Molly Bergum University of Minnesota
MO Stravya Ainapurapu Saint Louis University
MS Brooklyn Cunningham Jackson State University
MS Erin Crater University of Southern Mississippi
MT Anna French Montana State University - Bozeman
NC D'amy Steward Duke University
NC James Goodnight North Carolina State University
NC Daniel Hueholt North Carolina State University
NC Lily Olmo University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
NC Zachary Walker University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
NC Emily Clancey University of North Carolina Wilmington
NC Kayleigh Herrmann University of North Carolina Wilmington
NC Rebeckah James University of North Carolina Wilmington
NC Savannah Miller University of North Carolina Wilmington
NE Madeline Diedrichsen University of Nebraska
NE Bryan Petersen University of Nebraska
NY Aye Phyu City College of New York
NY Shahy Murshedur City College of New York
NY Arjun Hausner Cornell University
NY Serina Moheed Cornell University
NY Travis Brooke Cornell University
NY Katherine Hollinger State University of New York at Albany
NY Luke Lebel State University of New York at Albany
NY Ryan North State University of New York College at Oswego
NY Madison Bowe State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
NY Bethany Murphy Syracuse University
NY Adele Birkenes Vassar College
OH Jessica Hemmelgarn Ohio University
OH Rachel Martin Ohio University
OH Gillian Null Ohio University
OH Seaghan Galen Sefton Ohio University
OK Matthew Bray University of Oklahoma
OK Kristine Chen University of Oklahoma
OK Max Ungar University of Oklahoma
PA Grace O'Malley Allegheny College
PA Sophia Courtney Drexel University
PA Rachel Kim Juniata College
PA Stephanie Letourneau Juniata College
PA Poushali Ghosh Millersville University of Pennsylvania
PA Kaitlyn Goode Millersville University of Pennsylvania
PA Adam Weiner Millersville University of Pennsylvania
PA Jennifer D'iorio Pennsylvania State University
RI Nikhil Brocchini Brown University
RI Erin Tully University of Rhode Island
RI Max Zavell University of Rhode Island
SC Cameron Collins University of South Carolina
SC Calyn Crawford University of South Carolina
SC Leah Moore University of South Carolina
SC Emily Skinner University of South Carolina
SC Savannah Weber University of South Carolina
SD Kierra Determan University of South Dakota
TX Haley Davis Baylor University
TX Tara Clancy Del Mar College
TX Sarah Glover Rice University
TX Abigail Pettett Texas A&M University
TX Hannah Brady Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
TX Jacob Furrh University of Houston
TX Rachel Sanchez-Ruffra University of Houston
VA Megan Gillen College of William and Mary
VA Samuel Mogen University of Virginia
VA Lindsay Lawrence Virginia Tech University
VT Kirsten Jensen University of Vermont
WA Sophia Troeh Gonzaga University
WA Devin Robichaux Seattle University
WA Katie Hearther University of Washington
WA Kristian Gubsch Washington State University
WA Delaney Adams Western Washington University
WA Laura Anthony Western Washington University
WA Risa Askerooth Western Washington University
WA Barbara Bevacqua Western Washington University
WA Michael Finley Western Washington University
WA Melia Matthews Whitman College
WA Emma Saas Whitman College
WI Elizabeth Bridgwater Lawrence University
WI Elizabeth Carso University of Wisconsin - Madison