Friday, August 8, 2008

FAMU Environmental Sciences Institute Students Receive First to Third Place at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Scholarship Program

Four Florida A&M University Environmental Sciences Institute (ESI) undergraduate participants received high rankings at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) 3rd Annual Combined Student Scholarship Program held at NOAA’s Headquarters in Silver Spring, MD.

“We are extremely proud of the success of these Florida A&M University students,” said Larry Robinson, director of FAMU’s Environmental Cooperative Science Center (ECSC). “It reflects their capabilities and potential to make even greater scientific contributions in the future. Their faculty advisors and NOAA mentors should also be congratulated for playing a role in this tremendous outcome.”

Students were evaluated by prominent NOAA scientists in the extremely competitive event.

This year, NOAA’s Office of Education hosted 136 undergraduate student participants from around the nation representing NOAA’s Educational Partnership Program Undergraduate Scholars and Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship recipients. Students gave oral or poster presentations describing their internship research experiences in one of six categories critical to NOAA’s mission.

In the oral presentations Sherrita Commey placed first in ocean and coastal management; LaToya Chandler placed second in fisheries sciences; and Amari Jones placed third in meteorology and hydrology. Judith Sarkodee-Addo placed third in the poster competition.

All four ESI students were supported by NOAA’s Environmental Cooperative Science Center led by FAMU.

Photo caption: From left to right – Florida A&M University’s Environmental Sciences Institute students Judith Sarkodee-Addo; LaToya Chandler; Amari Jones; and Sherrita Commey were winners at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s 3rd Annual Combined Student Scholarship Program.

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