Department of Defense HBCU/MI Summer Research Program

The Department of Defense HBCU/MI Summer Research Program is supported by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering/Research, Technology & Laboratories (OUSD(R&E)/RT&L).

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

The initiative encourages students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (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 Department of Defense facilities across the nation.

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

  1. U.S. citizen (Dual Citizenship will NOT be accepted)
  2. Eighteen (18) years of age as of December 17, 2019.
  3. Currently enrolled full-time or a recent graduate (within 6 months of degree) of a Minority-Serving Institution
  4. Enrolled in a Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) or Department of Defense (DoD)-relevant technical disciplines
  5. Cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  6. Applicants' research interests must be in line with the interests and needs of the various DoD research facilities
  7. Selected applicants are expected to conduct research at a DoD Research Laboratory or affiliated research center
  8. Successful completion of background investigation and cleared for approved access to government information systems

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

Placements are for a continuous ten (10) week period. 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 HBCU/MI Summer Research Program.

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

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

Final Reporting
Department of Defense 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, 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 research mentor and the TMT Group Program Lead.

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

Department of Defense 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 stipend levels for Summer 2020 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.

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.

Temporary housing is provided for the duration of the summer program.

Local transportation is provided during the summer program.

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Summer Research Program Dates:
June 1, 2020 - August 7, 2020
Application Deadline:
December 17th, 2019

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