Conn. students spend summer with NOAA

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Selected Connecticut students spent most of the summer in one of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration laboratories or programs as part of the Hollings Scholarship Program.

Selected Connecticut students spent most of the summer in one of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration laboratories or programs as part of the Hollings Scholarship Program.

The scholarship program, named after former Senator Ernest F. Hollings of South Carolina, a strong supporter of science education, began in 2005 with the summer internship assignments starting this summer.

Michael Taylor of Hook, a student at Maine’s Bowdoin College, is studying salmon issues at the Alaska Fishery Science Center in Auke Bay, Alaska. Katie McCluskey, a student at Manhattan College, N.Y., is participating in a teacher workshop at the Flower Banks National Marine Sanctuary in Galveston, Texas.

The program began May 30 and finished the first week of August with a series of workshops in Silver Spring, Md. The scholarship’s first class had 110 students.

“These scholarships provide the hands-on training and experience to encourage undergraduates to pursue study in the NOAA fields, such as atmospheric or oceanic science, research and technology,” said Louisa Koch, director of NOAA’s office of education, which funds the $3.9 million program. “We are very pleased with the quality and the quantity of scholarship recipients in this first year.”

Scholarship students are eligible for up to $8,000 of academic assistance per year for full-time study during their junior and senior years, a 10-week, paid ($650/week) internship during the intervening summer, housing subsidy during the internship, round-trip travel to the internship site, and travel expenses to the Hollings scholarship program conference in Silver Spring.

To be eligible, students must be U.S. citizens, full-time juniors in an accredited college or university within the United States.