Undergraduate Research Experience Ocean, Marine, and Polar Science 2010

The URE OMPS program objective is to promote the professional development of minority undergraduate students through their participation in ocean, marine and polar science research. The program consists of undergraduates, each student assigned to a specific research team, where they will work closely with the faculty. In addition, seminars, lunch meetings, and social functions are organized to facilitate undergraduate interaction. The project will be conducted for eight weeks during summer 2010, with on-line mentoring and follow-up during academic year 2010-2011.

Elizabeth City State University

Elizabeth City State University was founded on March 3, 1891. The unversity specific purpose was to teach and train teachers of the colored race to teach in the common schools of North Carolina. ECSU first began operation on January 4, 1892, educating 23 students with a budget of $900. Today, Elizabeth City State University, a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina, offers baccalaureate programs in the arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional areas, as well as master's degrees in selected disciplines.


The central starting point for several projects at Elizabeth City State University.

Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing Education and Research (CERSER)

The goal of CERSER (Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing Education and Research) is to develop and implement innovative and relevant research collaboration focused on ice sheet, coastal, ocean, and marine research.

National Science Foundation (NSF)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defenseā€¦" With an annual budget of about $6.9 billion (FY 2010), we are the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing.

Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS)

The Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) Center for Remote Sensing Education and Research (CERSER) is partnering with several other institutions sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as part of a Science and Technology Center (STC) with the University of Kansas. This partnership is intended to develop models and technology to arrive at a better understanding of the mass balance of polar ice sheets. The Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS) studies how this mass balance affects the rising sea level that glaciologists have observed.

Office of Naval Research

As an executive branch agency within the Department of Defense, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) supports the President's budget. ONR provides technical advice to the Chief of Naval Operations and the Secretary of the Navy.