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VADM C. Lautenbacher Public Service Graduate Success Stories

VADM C. Lautenbacher Public Service Graduate Success Stories

About Lautenbacher Scholarship

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Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher is a long standing supporter of the NOAA Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions (EPP/MSI) which was established in 2001. He was, and continues to be, committed to education and to increasing the number of students who graduate with post-secondary degrees in STEM disciplines.

This scholarship provides financial support for masters’ and doctoral studies in Earth Systems Science, Engineering, Data Science, Geosciences and Remote Sensing Technologies.

Past Winners

2020 - 2021

Andrea Fenner  (Activity & Report)

Andrea Fenner becomes the fourth recipient of Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher Public Service Graduate Scholarship, administered annually by the NOAA Center for Earth System Sciences and Remote Sensing Technologies (NOAA CESSRST).

Andrea Fenner, a Ph.D. student in SDSU’s joint doctoral program in ecology, studying the effects of drought, fire, and stand age on CO2 flux in semi-arid chaparral ecosystems. Monitoring of atmospheric greenhouse gases, in particular carbon dioxide (CO2) and its impact on climate change, has been part of NOAA’s mission.

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2018 - 2019

Suhey Ortiz Rosa  (Activity & Report)

Suhey Ortiz Rosa becomes the third recipient of Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher Public Service Graduate Scholarship, administered annually by the NOAA Center for Earth System Sciences and Remote Sensing Technologies (NOAA CESSRST). Suhey Ortiz, a Ph.D. student in University of Puerto Rico’s Marine Sciences program is studying Bio-Optical and Biogeochemical Characterization of “Dark Water” Events in Tropical Oligotrophic Waters and the impact of black water masses in optical properties and ecological implications.

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2017 - 2018

Veeshan Narinesingh  (Activity & Report)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Cooperative Science Center for Earth System Sciences and Remote Sensing Technologies is pleased to announce that Ph.D. student Veeshan Narinesingh has been awarded the prestigious NOAA-CREST Lautenbacher Public Service Graduate Scholarship. As part of his interdisciplinary program in Physics at The Graduate Center at the City University of New York (CUNY), he will research atmospheric blocking.

“It’s a dream come true! It’s basically going to be an expansion of some ongoing projects in science outreach with Hamilton-Grange Middle School,” said Narinesingh.

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2016 - 2017

Stephen Escarzaga  (Activity & Report)

Escarzaga is a UTEP alumnus who earned his bachelor’s degree in science. As part of his graduate studies, he will research satellite and ground‐based remote sensing techniques to measure coastline changes in the Arctic. To fulfill part of the scholarship’s service requirement, he will spend the summer conducting education and outreach in the predominantly Native American community of Utqiaġvik (formerly Barrow), Alaska, where his students will be introduced to basic applications of remote sensing first hand.

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