Minorities Striving and Pursuing Higher Degrees of Success in Earth System Science

Status Report From: NASA Education Office
Posted: Saturday, August 11, 2012

image The Minorities Striving and Pursuing Higher Degrees of Success in Earth System Science, or MS PHD'S, initiative was developed by and for underrepresented minorities to facilitate increased participation in earth system science. Each year, the initiative engages approximately 25 minority undergraduate and graduate students in a series of activities.

The project starts with orientation and a broad earth system science and engineering exposure during MS PHD'S community-building activities at the American Geophysical Union fall meeting in San Francisco, Calif.

Participants will engage in additional professional development activities at one of the MS PHD'S organizational partners' meetings. These activities could include attending meetings of the American Meteorological Society, the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, the National Association of Black Geologists and Geophysicists, and the Ecological Society of America, among others. Each participant will attend the meeting that most closely aligns with his or her specific academic and professional interests.

The final phase will occur at the National Academies in Washington, D.C., where participants will visit government agencies and engage in dialogs with professional society and foundation representatives. Each student will also receive a scholarship award of up to $1,000 and participate in a tour of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

The deadline for submitting the online application is Aug. 31, 2012.

For more information about the MS PHD'S initiative and how to apply, visit

Questions about this opportunity should be emailed to

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