October 27-29, 2014

What is the EPP Forum

The Forum will be an opportunity to showcase results of collaborative educational and research projects between scientists and students at EPP-funded Academic institutions and NOAA scientists, to discuss new engagement opportunities with NOAA scientists, and promote career opportunities for STEM graduates with academic, government, and public/private sectors.

The theme of Forum VII is “Cultivating STEM scholars for a sustainable future”. This theme incorporates the twin goals of Cultivation, a process of supporting, nurturing, and mentoring, and Sustainability, integrating natural systems, resource management, economics, and communities. The focus of the Forum will be on expanding academic training in NOAA-mission STEM disciplines through partnership activities. The Forum will examine challenges to graduate education in NOAA STEM and social science disciplines at Minority Serving Institutions. With the current fiscal Environment, participants will also explore ways to enhance efficiencies with partnerships between NOAA, and the public and private sectors.

Who Attends

More than 60 per cent of the Forum participants will be students pursuing postsecondary education programs. Forum VII will include plenary sessions featuring speakers from the US Congress and NOAA Administration. Four technical sessions will be organized around the four NOAA long-term goals: Climate Adaptation and Mitigation, Weather-Ready Nation, Healthy Oceans, and Resilient Coastal Communities and Economies. Student-oriented activities will provide opportunities to network with other students, graduates of EPP programs, NOAA Scientists, and potential employers. A poster session will feature student research activities from all four CSC and partner institutions.

Where and when will the EPP Forum take place

The Seventh Biennial National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Educational Partnership Program (EPP) Education and Science Forum will be jointly hosted by the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center (LMRCSC), and NOAA EPP from October 27-29, 2014.

The Forum will occur on the beautiful campus of UMES, an 1890 Land Grant Institution located in Princess Anne, MD, in the heart of the Delmarva Peninsula, surrounded by the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

Who will participate

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