ALERT and Gordon-CenSSIS Scholars

The ALERT and Gordon-CenSSIS Scholars Program is now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 Program!

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.

The program dates are: October, 2014 – April, 2015.

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.
  • Enroll in the High Tech Tools and Toys Section of GE 1111 for the Fall, 2014 or Spring, 2015 Semester.
  • Give a Final Research Presentation at the end of the program in late-April, early-May.

Bookstore Voucher: All ALERT and Gordon-CenSSIS Scholars who complete the program requirements will receive a NU Bookstore Voucher for $1,000 at the end of the program.

Info Session*: An ALERT and Gordon-CenSSIS Scholar Info Session will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 17th, from 12:00 – 1:00pm in 431 Stearns. Interested students will hear from our ALERT and Gordon-CenSSIS research faculty members and K-12 STEM Outreach coordinators about available projects and programs.
*Please RSVP to Melanie Smith at, if you plan to attend.

Applications are due Tuesday, September 30th, by 5:00pm, and should be submitted to Melanie Smith via email at, or fax at 617-373-8627, or dropped off at 302 Stearns Center, Northeastern University.

All applications must include a completed Application Form (linked below).

As stated in the application form, applicants must include a 1/2 page Statement of Interest with their application.

Click here for more information on each of the available projects.

Click here to download a copy of the application form.

Please contact Melanie Smith for questions regarding the program.

Melanie Smith
302 Stearns Center
Ph: 617.373.2976

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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