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UTSA research teams needed for DHS projects

By Marianne McBride Lewis
Associate Director of Public Affairs

(March 22, 2006)--The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is looking for a few good teams, 15 to be exact, for the DHS Summer Research Team Program for Minority-Serving Institutions.

Successful teams will receive compensation to work full-time on collaborative research of mutual interest with DHS for 10-12 weeks at one of six DHS centers.

Lead university DHS centers are at the University of Southern California, University of Minnesota, Texas A&M University, University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University and Drexel University.

UTSA faculty are responsible for identifying up to two qualified students with whom they will work and submit a joint application. If selected, each team will co-author a research proposal during the summer that identifies a potential collaborative research opportunity between the team's institution and the DHS center. The application deadline is March 27. For more information, visit http://www.orau.gov/dhsfaculty/.

Jeffrey Kantor, UTSA associate vice president for research, encourages UTSA faculty and student research teams in technology, engineering, mathematics or any science discipline to apply, and says UTSA teams will be very competitive.

"This is a great opportunity for UTSA faculty and students to participate in cutting-edge research alongside some of the best and brightest scientists and engineers in the country," said Kantor. "Besides the obvious career benefits, research teams will learn how to write grant proposals for additional DHS funding -- something that is very valuable for both individual researchers and for the university as a whole."

The intent of the DHS Summer Research Team Program for Minority-Serving Institutions is to provide research opportunities to diverse and highly talented individuals in order to increase and enhance the scientific leadership at minority-serving institutions in research areas that support the mission and goals of DHS.

Additionally, the program is designed to engage early-career faculty, along with undergraduate and graduate students, in research that will provide them opportunities to understand the mission and research needs of DHS and advance research areas of importance to DHS, while strengthening the talent pool of scientists and engineers.

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