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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.

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 Program Class of 2019 sit together outside NOAA headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, during scholarship orientation. Bottom, left to right: Nohemi Perales, Ayanna Butler, Jezella Peraza, Elyse Bonner, Kristyn Wilkerson
Top, left to right: Sheldon Rosa, Darrielle Williams, JaNia Dunbar, Paola Santiago, Ashley Yates-Contreras, Koffi Apegnadjro

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. (Aris Fernandez)

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.