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Lautenbacher Graduate PS Scholarship

Lautenbacher Graduate PS Scholarship

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Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher Public Service Graduate Scholarship


NOAA CESSRST Center is seeking applications from eligible graduate students (Masters and PhD) for its prestigious Conrad Lautenbacher Public Service Graduate Scholarship.  

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. He is also a supporter of activities to diversifying the workforce through programs that reach out and commit to inclusion of students and graduates from traditionally underrepresented communities. In recognition of his contribution to the NOAA EPP/MSI Program and specifically his support for earth systems sciences the Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher Public Service Scholarship is established at and funded by the NOAA Center for Earth System Sciences and Remote Sensing Technologies (NOAA-CESSRST). Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher Jr. served as the Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere at the US Department of Commerce and the 8 th Administrator of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from December 19, 2001 to October 31, 2008. Dr. Lautenbacher spearheaded the first Earth Observation Summit, which hosted ministerial-level representation from several dozen nations in July 2003. Through subsequent international summits and working groups, he worked to encourage world scientific and policy leaders to work toward a common goal of building a sustained Global Earth Observation System of Systems

Graduate Student Funding Opportunity

The Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher Public Service Graduate Scholarship provides financial support for masters’ and doctoral studies in Earth Systems Science, Engineering, Data Science, Geosciences and Remote Sensing Technologies.

Annual Scholarship Award: ($45,000 for PhD. Students & $35,000 for MS students)

  • Duration of the scholarship: 1 year.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a US citizen and a CSC-supported student
  • Have and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.3 and above
  • Pursuing a MS or PhD degree that directly relates to the fields of earth system science, engineering, satellite data analysis, computer & data sciences
  • Maintain full-time student status and curently being funded or recruited for funding in the new cohort by the EPP/MSI Cooperative Science Center at the time of the application.  

Scholarship Requirements:

  • Collaborative Scientific Graduate Research with NOAA or related private sector.
  • Community/Public Service Engagement within your residential or academic community, state or nationally - a minimum of 20 hours per month
  • Meet and/or Communicate - with VADM Lautenbacher and NOAA EPP/MSI on a biannual basis and report on academic and public service progress and success.
  • Share Success Stories Present education and research outcomes at scientific/ education/public policy meetings and conferences.

Application Process:

  • The VADM Conrad C Lautenbacher Public Service Graduate Scholarship Program (Apply Here ) will accept applications from eligible candidates through  February 28, 2020. 
  • References List three persons familiar with your academic preparation and public service activities.  
  • One reference MUST be from the Director of the Cooperative Science Center in which you are currently being supported.

Selection Process:

  • A three-member selection committee chaired by the Center Director will be created by the center to screen, review and recommend the selected candidates.
  • Optional: The finalists will be recommended to VADM Lautenbacher to approve the final candidate. 
  • The Center will award one scholarship each year through 2021. No more than five scholarships to be awarded by the end of 2021.
  • The Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher Public Service award recipient will commence the scholarship program by June (or May) of each year.
  • The selected candidate will receive an award letter from the Center Director  

Scholarship Term:

  • June 1 through May 31 annually

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