The Summer Research Institute (SRI) is a maritime security-focused research program for undergraduate and graduate-level STEM students.  The eight-week intensive program emphasizes critical thinking and multidisciplinary research to generate innovative ideas and solutions to address complex maritime and homeland security issues.  Click here to download a copy of the SRI 2020 Program Brochure and on the following link to review descriptions of this summer's anticipated student research projects. (SRI 2020 student projects)

Since the program's inception in 2010, 187 students representing more than 30 U.S. universities have participated.  To learn more about past student research projects (SRI 2010 - 2019), please click on the
SRI program links in the right hand navigation.

Program Highlights
  • Students engage in seminars and guest lectures by homeland security practitioners. 
  • Participate in 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.
  • Collaborate 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 team work, 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 and free on-campus housing.

Program Dates

The SRI 2020 program will be held June 1 - July 24, 2020.

Application Requirements 

Applicants must complete the SRI application webform and submit one letter of recommendation from a current faculty member/advisor. Students maybe asked to submit copies of their college transcripts on a case-by-case basis.   


The deadline to apply has passed.  The MSC is no longer accepting applications for the 2020 summer research program.

Stipend and Housing

Admitted students will receive a summer stipend, on-campus housing and travel reimbursement, unless stated otherwise in the admission letter.  Exceptions may apply.  

Program Location

Due to the COVID19 crisis, this summer's SRI will be held remotely.

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]