Cooperative Science Centers
Since the first awards were made in 2001, NOAA EPP/MSI Cooperative Science Centers have awarded post-secondary degrees to over 1,800 students in NOAA-mission fields. The primary long term goal of EPP/MSI is to increase the number of students, particularly from underrepresented communities, who attend NOAA CSC institutions and graduate with degrees in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and natural resource management/policy. These graduates will be diverse and well-trained candidates for the future NOAA workforce.
Current CSC awards support Centers at:
- Florida A&M University
- Howard University
- City College of the City University of New York
- University of Maryland Eastern Shore
These institutions partner with 24 additional universities. These Centers train students in core NOAA mission fields:
- coastal and marine ecosystems
- atmospheric sciences & meteorology
- earth system sciences and remote sensing technology
- living marine resources
The CSC awards support:
- increasing the number of post secondary graduates with STEM degrees who are qualified to solve today’s environmental and technological challenges;
- creating new opportunities for underrepresented populations to be introduced to career paths within NOAA; and,
- working collaboratively with NOAA in areas of science, resource management and social science solutions to real world problems in local communities.