Career Development Grant

Starting in the fall 2013 semester, BORDERS plans to support 1-3 students for 1-3 years with money from the former Career Development Grant program through the Department of Homeland Security. Eligible students must be full-time, degree seeking students and the funding may not supplant any additional support the students may be receiving.  In addition to being funded throughout the school year, the students will be employed throughout the summer months and tasked with Center research activities. Research projects run throughout the summer and students will have ample opportunity to participate in experiments and collaborate with Center researchers and staff.

These students, selected in part due to their career interest in Homeland Security, will participate in on-going career development activities that build upon and leverage the research and events supported and sponsored by BORDERS. The program will provide a supportive intellectual and research culture that exposes students to career opportunities in homeland security. These activities will emphasize analytical, multi-disciplinary thinking about security theories and practices.   

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be evaluated based on the following criteria: academic record and achievement, recommendation letters, disciplinary affiliations, writing skills, and demonstrated interest and commitment to HS-STEM related research and careers. Recipients must be U.S. citizens; have and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher on a 4.00 scale, averaged over all academic terms; and must major in a priority HS-STEM discipline. In support of the University of Arizona’s diversity statement and to address diversity in the HS-STEM field, we will seek to attract and to encourage participation of women and minority students. 

Application materials will consist of the following:

  • Verification of U.S. citizenship, and HS-STEM research areas of interest;
  • Evidence of acceptance into an appropriate HS-STEM academic program;
  • Statement of purpose (including academic, research, and professional goals related to
  • Homeland Security);
  • Letters of recommendation;
  • Resume and/or curriculum vitae; and
  • Official academic transcripts

Student Mentorship

Mentors will be assigned to students on the basis of faculty expertise and student interests. Awardees will meet with their mentors on a bi-weekly basis to discuss their research interests and academic progress. The mentors will work with the students to develop a career plan to ensure that the students will obtain HS-STEM related employment, appropriate to their degree, upon completion of the program and the one-year DHS commitment.

This mentorship process will help identify any barriers to advancement, help the student focus in detail on what he or she aims to achieve, and assist the mentors in recognizing where intervention could be brought to bear on a situation (e.g. helping student gain access to resources, recommending training that will develop needed skills).

Student Performance Metrics

One of the mentor’s responsibilities will be monitoring the progress of each award recipient.  The student mentors will measure student success through the following metrics: GPAs, research accomplishments, publications, presentations, internship experiences, and specific skill development.

Mentors will be responsible for semester performance reviews of the students’ progress. Mentors will arrange one meeting each semester to discuss their performance review with each student. 

To apply, please send above application materials to by August 23, 2013.