Department of Defense HBCU/MI Summer Research Program

Department of Defense (DoD) HBCU/MI Summer Research Program is supported by the Department of Defense's Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)).

The program aims to increase the number of minority scientists and engineers throughout the DoD.

The initiative encourages students in STEM disciplines, guides them toward advanced studies, and prepares them for careers in science and engineering fields important to the defense mission. Motivated students, both undergraduate and graduate, are placed for a 10 week research experience at DoD facilities across the nation.

Under the supervision of DoD scientists and engineers, students conduct research relevant to the defense mission.

  1. Be currently enrolled full-time or a recent graduate (within 6 months of degree) of an HBCU/MI*
  2. Be a U.S. citizen (Dual Citizenship will NOT be accepted)
  3. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
  4. Enrolled in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) or DoD-relevant technical discipline

Summer Research Program Dates:
June 1, 2020 - August 7, 2020

Placements are for a continuous ten (10) week period (other than federal holidays and weekends). Applicants are required to conduct their research on-site at the facility or affiliated research center.

There is no leave granted during the Department of Defense (DoD) HBCU/MI Summer Research Program.

All program participants are considered guest investigators and are subject to laboratory regulations governing visiting scientists.

Patent and Inventions Disclosure
Participants are required to furnish complete information to DoD regarding any inventions first conceived or reduced to practice while a DoD HBCU/MI Summer Research Program participant and for which a patent application is filed.

Final Reporting
DoD HBCU/MI Summer Research Program requires that all participants submit an abstract and poster at the end of their assignment. The poster, comprised of text as well as figures and references, should include major technical and scientific findings of the participant's research. The abstract and poster is to be submitted to the participant's research advisor and the DoD Program Manager.

Program Evaluation
Participants are asked to evaluate their experience at the end of the program. An online survey will be used to obtain information and recommendations for improving future programs.

DoD HBCU/MI Summer Research Program participants receive a bi-weekly stipend which is based on the academic level of the participant’s at the time of the application.

The academic levels for the FY 2020 DoD HBCU/MI Summer Research Program participants are as follows:

     • Undergraduate Student: $800/week
     • Recent Graduate: $800/week
     • Graduate Student: $900/week

Please note: Applicants should be aware that stipend payments from other federal funding sources including research grants and contracts may not be accepted during the tenure of a summer placement.

Travel expenses will be paid for travel to the lab (at the beginning) and from the lab (at the end) of the 10 week research period.

The travel may be by airplane or train.

If you choose to drive instead of travel by plane or train, reimbursement for the actual mileage driven will be reimbursed at the current government rate. The mileage reimbursement is a flat amount. No additional reimbursement for gas, tolls or other en-route expenses.

Proof of driving mileage will be required. If no proof is given, there will be no reimbursement.

A daily expense allowance will be provided to summer research program participants who have obtained a temporary residence while working at a DoD research facility.

In order to receive this allowance, the temporary residence must be located greater than a fifty-mile distance (one way by the most direct route) from the participant's current place of residence.

The daily expense allowance provided will be based on the location.

Summer Research Program Dates:
June 1, 2020 - August 7, 2020
Application Deadline:
December 15th, 2019

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