UPDATE: Our CCME Student Fellowships are currently full but inquiries are invited at any time
Through the Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems (CCME), a partnership led by Florida A&M University, HRI provides support for a limited number of graduate students pursuing applied research in National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) mission-related scientific focal areas. CCME is one of four educational Cooperative Science Centers funded under the NOAA Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions. Preference is given to under-represented minorities in selecting students for the program.
Three NOAA priorities are targeted for research under the program: Coastal Resilience, Coastal Intelligence, and Place-Based Conservation (see NOS Roadmap).
Students accepted into CCME will receive the following support:
Direct Financial Support
Each scholar will receive a monthly stipend, health insurance, tuition for a full load of classes, travel to conferences, professional development, and funding to cover certain research-related expenses.
Core Competency Course (CWCC)
Scholars receive this course early on, teaching them how to integrate natural and social sciences into solutions for coastal communities and ecosystems. The CWCC addresses natural and anthropogenic stressors (e.g. temperature changes, sea level rise, changes in frequency and severity of storms, and ocean acidification) and how these dynamics affect distributions and uses of resources in coastal environments. The course explores human-use demands on coastal systems, management approaches and policies, site characterization techniques, ecosystem assessment and valuation, ecological models, and analysis of policy making paradigms and socioeconomic issues.
NOAA Summer Internships & Professional Development
HRI faculty and staff will help scholars identify NOAA internships and experiential training opportunities, and assist with resume and application preparation. Through this unique experience, each scholar will work under a NOAA scientist at a NOAA facility over a 12-week period gaining valuable experience, skills, connections, and a meritorious achievement to add to their curriculum vitae.
Travel to Present Student Research at Conferences
Scholars present their work at scientific conferences with CCME travel funding. All scholars present at the NOAA EPP Biennial Education and Science Forum.
HOW TO APPLY:
To be eligible for the CCME Fellowship, students must be U.S. citizens, maintain full-time status and a minimum of 3.0 Grade Point Average, and not be engaged in full-time employment outside the CCME program and/or academic institution. Students must be accepted into an appropriate science degree program to become a CCME scholar and must adhere to the degree program application deadlines. The HRI Endowed Chairs of Coastal and Marine Policy and Law, Ecosystems and Modeling, Fisheries and Ocean Health, Geospatial Sciences, and Socio-Economics select students for the program and, if selected, will supervise their research.
To inquire or apply, interested students may directly contact faculty they are interested in working with or email their CVs and a brief letter explaining their research interests to CCME Coordinator Mikell Smith who will forward the inquiry to the faculty for consideration.