CAESCIR HS-STEM scholarships are funded by the US Department of Homeland Security under grant award number 2018-ST-062-000002.
Florida International University’s Center for Advancing Education and Studies on Critical Infrastructures Resilience (CAESCIR) is funded by a Scientific Leadership Award granted by the United States Department of Homeland Security. CAESCIR aims to improve our nation’s critical infrastructures security and resilience via an integrated research and education framework that covers Homeland Security Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (HS- STEM) areas of interest in computer science, information technology, and cybersecurity.
The Center will provide scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students specialized in HS-STEM areas and provide them with proactive advising, peer mentoring, career guidance, as well as assistance in internship opportunities in our research labs, at industry/government labs, and at our partner DHS COE, the Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute (CIRI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC).
CAESCIR HS-STEM Scholars agree to work with CAESCIR Faculty Members in research of mutual interest, to maintain their GPAs, to engage in summer internships, to agree to post-graduation employment requirements, and to share their progress with the CAESCIR program after they graduate.
All HS-STEM Scholars must meet or agree to meet the following requirements:
- Must be seeking a BS, MS, or Ph.D. degree in Computer Science or Information Technology at Florida International University
- Must be a US Citizen
- Must have and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale
- Must participate in at least one summer internship; CAESCIR will help facilitate such internships
- Must engage in one year of professional employment within the homeland security enterprise starting within one year after graduation. Such employment may include US Department of Homeland Security Centers of Excellence, federal research facilities, foreign partners, foreign research institutions, and industry; CAESCIR will help facilitate such placements. This requirement will be waived for any undergraduate student who attends graduate school in an HS-STEM related field immediately after receiving their bachelor’s degree. This requirement will be waived for any master’s degree student who has been accepted to a Ph.D. program. The requirement will also be waived for anyone entering active duty in the United States armed forces, United States Coast Guard, or U.S. Public Health Service.
- Must agree to share personal information with their academic institutions that will allow their institution to track their progress toward a career in HS-STEM research and development: specifically, their graduation with a bachelor’s degree and their enrollment in, and graduation from, an HS-STEM related graduate degree, and their initial employment.