Educational Partnership Program at ECSU
Conservation and Biology of Protected Species Using Remote
project is intended to increase the number of underrepresented
students who pursue careers as entrepreneurs or research scientists
using remote sensing technology. We hope to accomplish two
complementary objectives with this project. First, we seek
to provide undergraduate students at Elizabeth City State
University with instruction, hands-on training and research
experience in the use of remote sensing while providing NOAA
and other laboratories with summer interns who are able to
make a significant contribution to ongoing research projects.
Second we plan to provide educational and training opportunities
in the study of protected
species behavior using remote sensing. We propose an innovative
approach to these internships, in which potential supervisors
would be invited to serve as guest lecturers in remote sensing
and students would “shadow” potential summer supervisors
during the school year. This contact will begin the relationship
well before the summer research begins, which will make both
students and scientists more willing to undertake the internship.
Partnerships include NOAA’s NMFS, NESDIS/NCDC and Fisheries
Oceanography and Ecology Team at the Beaufort Laboratory.
ECSU would hire a program manager who will work with NOAA
and staff of the Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing Education
and Research (CERSER) to ensure that its students are conversant
with these skills. Seminars by the ECSU Small Business and
technology Development Center (SBTDC) will provide training
in critical thinking and entrepreneurship. Students will be
involved in both summer internships and academic year training
in use of AVHRR Sea Surface Temperature data in determining
the presence of protected species.
Carolina Coastal Habitat Protection Plan Implementation Support
through Directed Research and Remote Sensing
Dr. Francisco C. San Juan, Professor, ECSU
Ms. Elizabeth B. Noble, Marine Fisheries Biologist II, NC DMF
project supports the engagement of Elizabeth City State University
faculty and students in a demonstration project to apply directed
scientific research to the design of an implementation strategy
for a major environmental restoration and ecosystem protection
initiative of the State of North Carolina, known as the Coastal
Habitat Protection Plans (CHPP). This initiative embraces a
comprehensive evaluation of the river basin systems connected
to North Carolina's coastal zone, and will provide detailed
plans aimed at the enhancement and restoration of estuarine
and coastal fisheries habitats, and the elimination or prevention
of existing and potential pollution that has degraded and threatens
the integrity of these habitats.
Educational Partnership Program Function Statement
NOAA’s Educational Partnership Program is designed to
provide financial assistance to minority serving academic
institutions to support collaborative research and training
of students in NOAA-related sciences through competitive processes.
The program’s goal is to increase the number of students
who are trained and graduate in sciences directly related
to NOAA’s mission. It also seeks to increase collaborative
research efforts between NOAA scientists and researchers at
minority serving academic institutions, as defined by the
Department of Education.
Financial assistance is provided through four program components,
they include: the Cooperative Science Centers; the Environmental
Entrepreneurship Program; the Graduate Sciences Program; and,
the Undergraduate Scholarship Program.
about NOAA's Educational Partnership Program can be found
Linda Hayden, PI
William Porter, Co-PI
Kevin Chu, Co-PI