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Educational Partnership Program with Minority-Serving Institutions

The EPP/MSI is a Federal STEM education and NOAA mission future workforce program with focus on:

  • supporting the training and graduation of students and increasing participation of students from traditionally underrepresented minority communities;
  • developing eligible candidates in support of a diverse future workforce for NOAA and NOAA mission-related enterprises; and,
  • post-secondary education and research capacity development in atmospheric, oceanic, and environmental sciences and remote sensing technology at MSIs supported through competitive awards.
Academic partnerships: 24 partner institutions work with NOAA to train students and align research priorities in NOAA mission sciences. Training and research: 3,860 students have been supported by EPP/MSI programs since 2001. Future workforce: 2,325 post-secondary degrees have been awarded to students supported through EPP/MSI programs since 2001.

The 10th Biennial NOAA EPP/MSI Education and Science Forum will be hosted by the NOAA Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystemsoffsite link at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University from March 29 - April 1, 2020.

Registration is now open! Sign up todayoffsite link to submit abstracts and reserve your spot.

Program Components


Cooperative Science Centers (CSCs)

EPP/MSI students graduate.

The four NOAA CSCs advance education and collaborative research, as well as support students and build capacity in NOAA-mission sciences at Minority Serving Institutions. Each CSC is led by a Minority Serving Institution and partnered with a NOAA line office. Together, the CSCs include 24 university campuses.


Undergraduate Scholarship Program (USP)

The NOAA Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions Undergraduate Scholarship Classes of 2018 and 2019 stand together outside NOAA headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland.

This scholarship program increases the number of students, particularly from underrepresented minority communities, who attend Minority Serving Institutions and graduate with degrees in fields integral to NOAA's mission.

  • Provides NOAA internships and one-on-one mentoring.
  • Each scholar receives up to $45,000 for two academic years to support tuition and fees, attend a conference where oral or poster results are presented and other allowable expenses.

NOAA Experiential Research & Training Opportunities (NERTO)

Aris Fernandez, EPP/MSI Master's Fellow in NERTO internship (Development of an Autonomous System for Adjusting the Seed Laser Power for a Doppler LIDAR’s Amplifier) with Drs. Alan Brewer and Paul Schroeder, Earth Systems Research Laboratory, Boulder, CO.

NERTO increases the number of EPP/MSI Cooperative Science Center-supported students who participate in meaningful NOAA mission-aligned science, technology, engineering, mathematics, policy, natural resource management, and social science research/training at NOAA facilities and earn NOAA mission-aligned postsecondary degrees.


Archived Programs

Educational Partnership Program scholar in the lab.

    Information about the Graduate Research & Training Scholarship Program, the Graduate Sciences Program, and the Environmental Entrepreneurship Program.