Source: ORISE | Release | December 14, 2017

eshete.jpgORISE is currently accepting applications for the 2018 U.S. Department of Homeland Security Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions (MSI).

The purpose of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Summer Research Team (SRT) Program is to increase and enhance the scientific leadership at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) in research areas that support the mission and goals of DHS. The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) administers this program through an interagency agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. ORISE is managed by ORAU for DOE.

This program provides faculty and student research teams with the opportunity to conduct research at university-based DHS Centers of Excellence (DHS Centers). The DHS Centers network is an extended consortium of hundreds of universities generating ground-breaking ideas for new technologies and critical knowledge, while also relying on each other’s capabilities to serve the Department’s many mission needs. The Centers research portfolio is a mix of basic and applied research addressing both short and long term needs. The DHS Centers organize leading experts and researchers to conduct multidisciplinary homeland security research and education. Each Center is university-led or co-led in collaboration with partners from other institutions, agencies, national laboratories, think tanks and the private sector. The SRT Program and DHS Centers are sponsored by the DHS Science and Technology Directorate Office of University Programs.

Faculty members currently teaching at a MSI and students currently enrolled at a MSI in a discipline, major or concentration directly related to a homeland security, science, technology, engineering and mathematics Research Area are encouraged to apply. Accepted faculty members will identify up to two students to apply. All applicants must be U.S. citizens, and each team must be comprised of one faculty member and up to two students (undergraduate and/or graduate level).

Being selected as part of the DHS Summer Research Team Program offers the following benefits:

  • Contribute to the advancement of research important to DHS
  • Opportunities to learn from top scientists and subject matter experts
  • Faculty receive a $1,200 weekly stipend and are encouraged to apply for up to $50,000 in follow-on funding at the end of their appointment.
  • Graduate students receive a $700 weekly stipend.
  • Undergraduate students receive a $600 weekly stipend.
  • All participants may be eligible to receive housing and travel allowances.

DHS Summer Research Team Program applications are due by December 29, 2017, 11:59 pm EST. For application information visit additional questions, contact Beth White at

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DHS has partnered with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) to manage this program.

Former participants of this program

Learn how chemistry student Kayla Bailey and Associate Professor Matthewos Eshete, Ph.D., spent their summer at Kansas State University in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Summer Research Team Program. They studied biodegradable nanoparticles’ interactions with proteins in the body to help design more effective vaccines and drug delivery systems, among other applications.