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
partner institutions
work with NOAA to train students and align research priorities in NOAA sciences.
Training and research
have been supported by EPP/MSI programs since 2001.
Future workforce
post-secondary degrees
have been awarded to students supported by EPP/MSI programs since 2001.

Program Components

Cooperative Science Centers (CSCs)

Students and professors stand together at graduation. Four are wearing Masters level robes, one is wearing newly graduated PhD robes and three are wearing professor robes.
EPP/MSI CSC students graduate from Howard University. (Howard University)

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.

EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship Program (USP)

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The 2022 class of EPP/MSI scholars during their scholarship orientation. From left to right, Christian Schnell, Courtney White, Martin Gonzalez, Alison Novara, Ingrid Martinson, Kiah Matthews, Michaela Wong, Hailey Poole, Richarde Graham II, and Alexandria Tennant. (Elvis Efamba/Office of Education)

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 and Training Opportunities (NERTO)

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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

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EPP/MSI student Andrea Gomez in the lab. (NOAA)

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