Building America’s Future Homeland Security
Science and Engineering Workforce
The Department of Homeland Security's Office of University Programs builds a diverse, highly capable, technical workforce for the homeland security enterprise through the Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) Program.
The DHS Office of University Programs (OUP) strongly supports the participation of MSIs in the DHS Centers of Excellence (COE) Program as partners and as lead institutions. OUP’s MSI Program is building a cadre of university students and faculty who are well-qualified, diverse and ready to enter the homeland security science and engineering workforce. The three MSI Program initiatives, which are closely linked with the DHS COEs, provide the homeland security community with a more diverse pool of high achieving students who bring valuable insight and understanding to complex homeland security challenges.
The DHS Scientific Leadership Awards supports the development of homeland security science and engineering teaching initiatives, curriculum development, and scholarships within MSI communities, which include Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities. Each Scientific Leadership Award recipient is required to partner with a DHS S&T COE.
The DHS Summer Research Team Program engages early career faculty, undergraduate and graduate students in research at the DHS S&T COEs, providing opportunities to enhance the scientific leadership at MSIs in DHS-relevant research areas. Read the 2013 Annual Report.
Each DHS COE is composed of a network of partners, including MSIs. The MSI Faculty Exchange Program provides opportunities for faculty from MSI partners to reside at a COE lead institution for up to eight months and collaborate on cutting edge research.
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