The Homeland Security Summer Scholars Academy is a 10 week summer research institute where undergraduate students work closely with UTEP professors engaged in new or ongoing research in the domains border security and immigration. Applications from students throughout the United States are solicited, and student-scholars are identified through a competitive selection process. In addition to working with a faculty mentor, emerging scholars with a demonstrated interest in homeland security-related careers are provided the opportunity to increase their knowledge of career possibilities in homeland security through visits with homeland security related agencies and scheduled interactions with DHS personnel. Through these visits and interactions, participants develop an enhanced understanding of critical issues in border security and immigration. At the end of the 10 week program, scholars are required to present the results from their summer research projects before a panel of UTEP faculty and local homeland security stakeholders.
Agencies within our stakeholder support network for the summer program include: Customs and Border Protection, Transportation Security Administration, Immigration Customs and Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, El Paso Intelligence Center, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Division of Emergency Management, and El Paso County Sheriff’s Emergency Management Unit and their Forensic Investigative Crime Scene Unit. For the 2014 edition of our summer internship program the NCBSI is announcing the launch of a second program option involving an imbedded internship within a homeland security related agency. This program option is described below.
The fact sheet for the 2014 Homeland Security Summer Scholars Academy is available here:
The National Center for Border Security and Immigration is now accepting undergraduate applications for the 2014 Homeland Security Summer Scholars Academy. This ten week summer program established by the National Center for Border Security and Immigration, which is a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence located at the University of Texas in El Paso (UTEP) is geared towards academically inclined undergraduate students from various disciplines interested in careers within homeland security and other related industries. Academic achievers may apply to work with professors on research which correlates with their discipline and is focused on border security, immigration and other homeland security related research areas of need at UTEP. Scholars selected for this program will also experience one of the most dynamic border regions, network with other students from UTEP and universities from across the nation, and visit homeland security agencies and learn from experts in the field. Scholars are expected to apply a maximum of thirty-two hours per week on their assigned research and up to eight hours per week for the scheduled field engagements with the local homeland security stakeholders. All candidates must be an undergraduate student actively enrolled in a university degree program and must have earned by the program start date a minimum of sixty college credits. Only students with a minimum overall grade point average of 3.3 should apply. On the final day of the program scholars are expected to develop a research poster and present their research findings in a formal NCBSI sponsored symposium scheduled for the final day of the program.
Students chosen for the program will be awarded a $4,000 stipend and receive paid on-campus housing, a meal allowance, and travel reimbursement if students selected for the program do not live within a commuting distance of 100 miles. The 2014 HS Summer Scholars Academy begins on June 2nd and concludes on August 8th. Student scholars selected from outside universities must designate Monday June 2nd as their travel day and check into the on campus housing provided. On June 3rd an Academy Orientation will be held for all scholars selected for the program with the time and location to be announced after the 2014 candidates have been selected. Application deadline is March 21. Opportunities are limited.
- Policing Immigrant Neighborhoods on the Border. How do the Police & Immigrant Communities Perceive Each Other
- Psychological Factors that Influence Face Identification During Screening Procedures
- Game Theory for Border Security
- The Social Psychological Process of Radicalization
- Behavioral Game Theory Analysis of Patrolling Games
- Mental Health of Hispanics in a Border City
- Perceptions about Security Among Border Residents
- Connecting the Dots. Probabilistic Foundations
- Data Anonymization that Leads to the Most Accurate Estimates of Statistical Characteristics
- Aging & U.S. Naturalization Exam. Finding Optimal Conditions of Practice for Boosting Older Adult Learning & Recall. 2014
- The Influence of Support and Coercion on Perceptions of Injustice and Decision Making Among Immigrants
- Transnational Criminal Organizations Activity Enhanced Through the Use of Social Media in the El Paso Region
The selection of scholars for this program component will be based on their application package meeting eligibility requirements, the preferred qualifications outlined by the individual agency, and the discipline and area of expertise specified by the participating agency. The application package requirements and the program dates are identical to those outlined for project one. Select scholars will have the opportunity to work and gain experience in an actual applied environment, learn about the agency and its mission, and take the first steps into transitioning into an actual homeland security-related career. Every scholar selected for a formal internship will have either a designated UTEP faculty or NCBSI Program Manager assigned to them. This designated faculty/staff member will mentor, follow up, and evaluate the progress of the scholar throughout the internship, and directly interact with the representative designated by the hosting agency.
Scholars selected are expected to dedicate up to thirty-nine hours per week with their host agency and designate one hour weekly to meet with their designated NCBSI Program Manager or assigned faculty mentor. This program option is open to both undergraduate and master’s level graduate candidates. Undergraduate candidates must be actively enrolled in a university degree program and must have earned by the program start date a minimum of sixty college credits. Only undergraduate students with a minimum overall grade point average of 3.3 should apply. Graduate level candidates at the master’s level must be actively enrolled in a university and must have a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0. On the final day of the program scholars are expected to develop a power point presentation which describes the agency in which they completed their internship and their internship experiences in a formal NCBSI sponsored symposium scheduled for the final day of the program.
Scholar alumni selected for previous program editions are strongly encouraged to apply for this option. Students chosen for the program will be awarded a $4,000 stipend and receive paid on-campus housing, a meal allowance, and travel reimbursement if students selected for the program do not live within a commuting distance of 100 miles. Students selected for this option are strongly encouraged report for the start of their internship with their own personal mode of transportation, but it is not mandatory. The 2014 HS Summer Scholars Academy begins on June 2nd and concludes on August 8th. Student scholars selected from outside universities must designate Monday June 2nd as their travel day and check into the on campus housing provided. On June 3rd an Academy Orientation will be held for all scholars selected for the program with the time and location to be announced after the 2014 candidates have been selected. Application deadline is March 21. Opportunities are limited.
- March 21, 2014: Application Package Submission Deadline.
- April 1, 2014: The 2014 selections are announced and notified.
- June 2, 2014: Designated travel day into El Paso, Texas and check in to assigned on campus housing for out of town scholars.
- June 3, 2014: Program orientation for all interns. Time and location to be announced.
- August 8, 2014: Final day of program and NCBSI Symposium. Out of town scholars scheduled to return home in the evening.
- Formal Resume or CV.
- Completion and submission of the formal application provided. Scholars must select their program option on their applications and prioritize in order of preference their research projects or the agencies they have selected depending upon the program option they have chosen.
- Submission of official university transcripts. Only undergraduate students with a minimum of sixty college credits and a minimum overall grade point average requirement of 3.3 can apply for program option one and two and must be actively enrolled in a university degree program. Graduate level candidates at the master’s level applying for program option two must be actively enrolled in a university and must have a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0.
- Submission of a formal essay. Candidates selecting program option one must submit a formal essay describing their interest in a homeland security oriented career in either the private or public sector, justification why they should be considered for the research projects they selected, and why they consider themselves a strong candidate for the program. Candidates selecting program option two must submit a formal essay describing their strong interest in a homeland security or law enforcement related career, why the they have selected the agency, and a strong justification supporting why they believe they are a high quality candidate that should be considered by the agency they have selected.
- Two letters of recommendation from a faculty or staff member from their home institution.
Submission Option 1: Complete application packages can be mailed to:
University of Texas at El Paso
National Center for Border Security and Immigration
Vowell Hall, Room #301
500 W. University Avenue
El Paso, TX 79968
Attention: Victor Talavera
Submission Option 2: Complete application packages can be scanned and or e-mailed as an attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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