Central to the Center's mission is the transfer of its research into maritime security-centric college-level education, professional development programs, seminars and workshops.
The MSC offers the following educational programs and professional development opportunities:
Undergraduate and Graduate-Level Programs:
Summer Research Institute
The Summer Research Institute (SRI) is an eight-week intensive research program for undergraduate and graduate-level STEM students. The program provides a unique opportunity for homeland security career-focused students to engage in hands-on research in conjunction with MSC research PIs, Stevens Institute of Technology faculty and the Center's DHS stakeholders. Student research projects tackle critical issues in maritime domain awareness, emergency response and maritime system resilience to name a few.
To learn more about the SRI, please visit the following web link: Summer Research Institute.
MSC undergraduate and graduate-level research assistantships are available on a case-by-case basis and are contingent upon Center funding. Assistantships are generally one-year awards that include tuition support and a stipend. Qualified students are recruited from within Stevens Institute of Technology's School of Engineering and Science and are required to complete research assignments in conjunction with the Center's research primary investigators (PIs) and affiliate Stevens Institute of Technology faculty.
Maritime Systems Master's Degree Fellowship Program
Stevens Institute of Technology in collaboration with MSC have been awarded three consecutive DHS Career Development Grants. The DHS Career Development Grants provide for full-tuition support and generous monthly stipends high-potential engineering students entering Stevens Institute of Technology's Master's Degree program in Maritime Systems.
The objective of the fellowship program is to enhance the knowledge base, technical skills, and leadership capabilities of the nation's future maritime security workforce and to provide greater access and support for U.S. students pursuing a homeland security focused Master's Degree in Maritime Systems. This fellowship program provides enhanced experiential opportunities and direct pathways for highly skilled students to obtain technical leadership positions in the maritime security domain.
Doctoral Fellowships in Maritime Security
The Maritime Security Doctoral Fellowship is a three-year fellowship for high-potential, academically talented students interested in conducting cutting edge research and advanced academic study in the fields of Maritime and Homeland Security. The research-oriented fellowship program provides full tuition support, a monthly stipend and other paid fees for individuals of superior caliber who will make original contributions to the theory and practice in the field of Maritime Security. The three-year accelerated Doctoral Fellowship is supported through funding by a Department of Homeland Security Career Development Grant (CDG).
The mission of the Fellowship program is to provide a strong foundation for solving critical national and global challenges in the maritime domain and Marine Transportation System (MTS) through the use of state-of-the-art technologies and scientific approaches.
Professional Development Programs:
Discussion-Based Tabletop Exercises
MSC Research PI Brant Mitchell, Director, Stephenson Disaster Management Institute (SDMI) at Louisiana State University led the Center's efforts to develop discussion-based tabletop exercises to support port facility emergency response and preparedness capabilities. The objective of the Center’s work in this area was to build a web-based repository of scenarios and exercise templates that can be used and customized by the USCG and port facility operators across the country. Please visit the following link to review the Exercise Development Kits developed by SDMI: https://www.stevens.edu/research-entrepreneurship/research-centers-labs/maritime-security-center/education-training/tabletop-exercise-development-kits