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Lautenbacher Graduate PS Scholarship

Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher Public Service Graduate Scholarship


NOAA CREST Center is seeking applications from eligible graduate students (Masters and PhD) for its prestigious Conrad Lautenbacher Public Service Graduate Scholarship.  The start date of the fellowship will be February 1, 2017.

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 Technology (NOAA-CREST). 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.
  • Renewal Option: 1 year pending performance and funding availability.

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 at an EPP/MSI Cooperative Science Center for the duration of the award

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 (see the PDF form ) will accept applications from eligible candidates from September through December each year.
  • Please Email the form to noaacrest@ccny.cuny.edu
  • 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 CREST 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 February 1 of each year.

Scholarship Term:

  • January 1 through December 31 annually

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