ALERT and Gordon-CenSSIS Scholars

The ALERT and Gordon-CenSSIS Scholars Program is designed to provide freshmen engineering students the opportunity to get involved in ALERT and Gordon-CenSSIS research projects, K-12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) outreach programs, and professional development training and seminars, such as Leadership Skills, Research Ethics, and Presentation and Poster Building Skills.

This year’s program runs from October, 2015 – April, 2016.

The application period for the 2015-2016 program has closed.  The page will be updated with next year’s program information in summer 2016.

View available research projects and descriptions: Research Project Descriptions.

The Scholars Flyer can be downloaded here: Scholars Flyer.

Selected ALERT and Gordon-CenSSIS Scholars are expected to complete the following program requirements:

  • 20+ Hours of Research per Semester (on average, most students do research for 5-8 hours per week).
  • 5+ Hours of K-12 STEM Outreach per Semester (both one-time, and on-going programs are available).
  • Attend and Participate in Program Meeting, Seminars and Field Trips.
  • Give a Final Research Presentation at the end of the program in late-April, early-May.

ALERT and Gordon-CenSSIS Scholars who complete the program requirements receive an NU Bookstore Voucher for $1,000. Those who are accepted from the NU-in program will participate during only the spring semester, and receive a $500 book voucher.

Please contact Melanie Smith for questions regarding the program.

Melanie Smith, email at:, or phone: 617-373-2976. Campus address: 302 Stearns Center.

The program is hosted and sponsored by the Awareness and Localization of Explosives-Related Threats (ALERT) Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence, and the Bernard M. Gordon Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems (Gordon-CenSSIS), a Graduated National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center.

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