NOAA awards $60 million in education grants to Minority Serving Institutions
NOAA’s Office of Education announced $60 million in grants to two leading minority serving institutions across the country. The funds will be used to educate and graduate students who pursue degree programs with applied research in NOAA mission-related scientific fields. Awards were made to the City College of New York and Howard University. These institutions partnered with 13 other schools to establish two cooperative science centers. The centers will train students in earth system sciences and remote sensing technology and atmospheric sciences & meteorology .
Increasing diversity in NOAA STEM workforce
The award to the Research Foundation of the City University of New York supporting the Cooperative Center for Earth System Sciences and Remote Sensing Technologies (CESSRST) will increase the number of graduates with skills and competencies that are necessary to support ongoing efforts within the NOAA mission enterprise, and contribute to research and operational careers at NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service. The City College of New York is part of the City University of New York system.
Our nation’s Minority Serving Institutions are valuable resources that drive growth, opportunity and creativity, serving as vital incubators for diverse talent to promote innovation and excellence, – U.S. Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary Don Graves
The ongoing partnership between NOAA and MSIs is part of the overarching effort to provide opportunities for students who are from traditionally underrepresented communities to advance America’s competitiveness in science and technology innovation.