Application Information

Required Documents and Information

To complete the application, applicants will need to provide the following documents and information. 

  • The name and email of your school guidance counselor (or equivalent) and the teacher who will be completing your teacher recommendation form.
  • The name and proof of acceptance (acceptance letter/email or equivalent) to the college/university you are committed to attending for Fall 2024.
  • Answers to three essay prompts:
    • 1) Why do you want to participate in the Geosciences Bridge Program (300-500 words)? 
    • 2) Complete this thought: If I were to participate in the 2024 Program, at the end of the summer I will be satisfied with the program if… 
    • 3) Describe your dream job (100-300 words)

If applicants have any emotional, physical or learning needs that may require special or prearranged accommodations, please plan to explain/describe as necessary. Student health information is used only to ensure UMES and program staff are prepared to accommodate student needs. This information does not impact a student’s acceptance to the program.

General Information for Applicants

  • Create a free account through Formsite. This will allow you to save your application and return at a later date.
  • Speak to your counselor and teacher for permission to list them on your application. An email will be sent to your teacher, counselor and parent (if under 18) using the email address you provide on the application. Once the corresponding forms are completed, you will receive an email confirmation.
  • Draft responses to the essay questions in a word processing application (Word, Google Docs, etc.) before entering them into the application’s text boxes.
  • Essay Writing Resources


To be eligible, participants must be graduating high school seniors, US Citizens or Permanent Residents and should plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree in a geoscience discipline, such as: atmospheric science, engineering (civil, electrical, environmental, ocean), environmental science, geography, marine biology, marine chemistry/biogeochemistry, marine geology, marine science, meteorology, physical oceanography, remote sensing/GIS, etc.

Please note that preference will be given to students entering the following institutions. These institutions are our NOAA Cooperative Science Centers collaborators. Learn more about the Centers

NOAA Center for Earth System Sciences and Remote Sensing Technologies

Lead institution: The City College of The City University of New York 


NOAA Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystem

Lead institution: Florida A&M University 


NOAA Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center

Lead institution: University of Maryland Eastern Shore 


NOAA Center for Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology

Lead institution: Howard University (Washington, DC)


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