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.

Program Information

View the 2017 – 2018 research projects and descriptions here: Research Project Descriptions.

The 2017-2018 Scholars Flyer can be downloaded here: Scholars Flyer.

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

  • ~4-8 hours of Research per Week (minimum of 20 hours per semester).
  • 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 (1-2/month on Wed. or Fri. 12:00 – 1:oopm).
  • 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 at the end of the program. Those who are accepted from the NU-in program will participate during only the spring semester, and receive a $500 book voucher. Students who discontinue the program early, or do not complete the program requirements, are not eligible to receive the book voucher.

Mentor Information

Mentors are required to participate in at least 5 hours of K-12 Outreach per semester, attend 2 mentor workshops, and must meet with their Scholar Mentee(s) at least 1 time per month. Mentors who complete the program requirement receive an NU Bookstore Voucher for $500 at the end of the program.

The Mentor Application Form can be downloaded here: Application Form.


Please contact Kristin Hicks for questions regarding the program.
Phone: 617-373-5384. 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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