The MSC is now accepting applications for the SRI 2021!  

The Summer Research Institute (SRI) is a maritime security-focused research program for undergraduate and graduate-level STEM students.  The program emphasizes critical thinking and multidisciplinary research to generate innovative ideas and solutions to address complex maritime and homeland security issues. 

Since the program's inception in 2010, 210 students representing more than 30 U.S. universities have participated in the summer research program.  To learn more about past programs and student research projects (2010 - 2020), please click on the SRI program links in the right-hand navigation of this webpage.

SRI Program Highlights
  • Students engage in seminars and guest lectures by homeland security practitioners. 
  • Participate in multidisciplinary hands-on research, through modeling and simulation projects, data collection, and real-time analysis.
  • Attend field-visits to port facilities and homeland security operational environments.
  • Work as part of a motivated student team to address timely and relevant homeland security concerns and present research outcomes to MSC researchers and DHS officials.
Student Benefits 
  • Students learn to conduct research under the mentorship of MSC research investigators and Stevens faculty members.
  • Students enhance their professional development through multidisciplinary teamwork, networking opportunities with homeland security practitioners, and weekly research presentations.
  • SRI student alumni have been afforded unique opportunities to participate in field-based internships with DHS component agencies and have been competitively selected to receive fully-funded fellowships to pursue advanced academic study.
  • Many SRI alumni are now employed in careers with the U.S. Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, and the National Urban Security Technology Laboratory, among other public and private homeland security-related organizations.
Criteria for Participation
  • Undergraduate students must possess a GPA of 3.0 or above, and be currently enrolled in a STEM-focused degree program.
  • Graduate students must be currently enrolled in a STEM-focused degree program and demonstrate a GPA of 3.3 or above.

Students from underrepresented communities (women and minority students) are encouraged to apply.  Students must be US citizens to be eligible to receive a summer stipend.

Program Dates

The SRI 2021 program will be held May 15 - June 25, 2021.

Application Process 

Applicants must complete the SRI online application form, submit a copy of their resume, and provide one letter of recommendation from a current faculty member/advisor. Students may be asked to submit copies of their college transcripts on a case-by-case basis.   

Application Webform and Deadline

Please click the following link to complete the SRI APPLICATION WEBFORM.
The deadline to apply is January 29, 2021. 
Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission.

Stipend and Housing

Admitted students may be eligible to receive a stipend, on-campus housing, and reimbursement for their travel to and from the SRI program.* Award details will be communicated accordingly in the admission letter.

Program Location*

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a decision regarding the program location (on-campus at Stevens Institute of Technology or virtually via Zoom) will be made in late-February.

For more information, please contact:

Beth Austin-DeFares, Director of Education, Maritime Security Center
Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: 201.216.5362     Email: [email protected]