Below is a link to the current Agenda:

Program as of 10/26/2014 (Word Docx)

The NOAA Educational Partnership Program (EPP) 7th Biennial Education and Science Forum will be jointly sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) from October 26 to 29, 2014. The 7th Biennial Forum is hosted by the NOAA Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center located at UMES. The 7th Biennial Forum provides an opportunity to showcase results of collaborative research and education projects between scientists and students at NOAA EPP-funded academic institutions and NOAA scientists, to discuss new engagement opportunities, and to promote career opportunities for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) graduates with academic, government, and public/private sectors. The 7th Biennial 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.

NOAA EPP Cooperative Science Centers: NOAA EPP provides funding for education and development of a diverse STEM future workforce that directly supports NOAA’s mission. The goal of NOAA-EPP is to expand academic training in NOAA-mission STEM disciplines, through partnership activities. Four EPP Cooperative Science Centers (CSCs) support NOAA’s mission by educating graduate and undergraduate students in Atmospheric, Remote Sensing, Marine Science, and Coastal Ocean Sciences. Each CSC is headquartered at a doctoral-degree granting Minority Serving Institution, and involves multiple partnerships with academic institutions across the United States.

The NOAA LMRCSC partner institutions are UMES (lead institution), Delaware State University, Hampton University, Oregon State University, Savannah State University, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science-Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology, and University of Miami-Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. NOAA EPP education and research programs complement President Obama’s “Educate to Innovate” campaign to improve the participation and performance of America’s students in STEM, and to expand opportunities for innovation and United States global competitiveness.

The Forum: The theme of the NOAA Educational Partnership Program (EPP) 7th Biennial Education and Science Forum is “Developing a Premier Future STEM Workforce to Support Environmental Sustainability”. Enhancing STEM education is the process required to achieve this goal. Seventh Biennial Forum will kick off on Sunday, October 26 with a student session and then an evening networking event. Monday the 7th Biennial Forum will open with plenary sessions featuring speakers from the United States Congress and NOAA Administration. Monday through Wednesday, students and NOAA EPP alumni will give presentations in four technical sessions organized around the four NOAA long-term goals: Climate Adaptation and Mitigation, Weather Ready Nation, Healthy Oceans, and Resilient Coastal Communities and Economies. Lunch speakers will include special guest speakers selected for their support of STEM education. Student-oriented activities will focus on strategies for enhancing student professional development, and will provide opportunities for them to network with other students, graduates of EPP programs, NOAA Scientists, scientists at NOAA CSCs, and potential employers. A poster session will feature student research activities. Registration, scheduling, and other features of 7th Biennial Forum will be accessible via applications for mobile phone and tablet computers.