National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration PIFSC Young Scientist Opportunity

The PIFSC Young Scientist Opportunity (PYSO) is a collaborative program between Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center and the Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (JIMAR) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. This program offers qualified participants professional scientific research experience and formal training opportunities tailored to meet their educational and professional goals and interests.

PYSO enables participants to work under the guidance of talented staff of the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (including JIMAR staff at PIFSC) who will provide challenging work opportunities and one-to-one mentoring in the participant's field of study.

Participants will have the opportunity to work with a mentor on a project that draws from a variety of topics including, but not limited to: fish ecology, protected species, oceanography, fishery economics, stock assessment, coral reef ecology, ecosystem studies, climate studies, marine ecology, environmental monitoring, and social sciences. One participant will be selected for each of the projects being offered each summer.


  • United States citizens, nationals, and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR). Employer-sponsored/petitioned work visas/employment authorizations will not be provided.
  • Full-time status as a degree-seeking college student with no fewer than 24 credit hours earned at an accredited college or university, and who will not be graduating until after fall quarter/semester (i.e. sophomores, juniors, and non-graduating seniors)
  • Cumulative and semester/quarter GPA of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) in all completed undergraduate courses and in the major field of study
  • Majoring in a discipline or study area related to marine or atmospheric science, research, technology, or education, and supportive of NOAA/JIMAR's programs and mission (for example, biological, social or physical sciences; mathematics; engineering; computer and information sciences; and teacher education)
  • Ability to obtain post-job offer security clearance to work in a federal facility including fingerprinting and background check. The participant will be working at NOAA's IRC, which is located on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, an active military base.

Period of Study

The PYSO is a paid, summer-long (8-12 week) program that combines on-the-job training, formal research experience, one-to-one mentoring, and developmental assignments.


Prospective participants are required to submit the following materials via email to at any time between January and February. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The application should be a single PDF file attached to the email. Components are available on the NOAA PYSO website.



Additional information and materials are available on the NOAA PIFSC website




Class Year

  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior


  • Education
  • Social Sciences
  • STEM
  • Multiple


  • English


  • Summer

Program Type

  • Professional
  • Research
  • Undergraduate


  • North America

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GWU Endorsement Required?