WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced today the selection of nine teams from different Minority Serving Institutions across the United States to participate in the 2019 Summer Research Team (SRT) program.
The DHS SRT program, administered by S&T’s Office of University Programs, is a summer internship that provides quality research experiences to early career faculty members and students attending a Minority Serving Institution in the United States and the 16 U.S. territories.
The teams selected today are comprised of nine early career faculty members and 15 graduate and undergraduate students who will spend 10 weeks at a DHS Center of Excellence (COE) or partnering institutions across the country. The SRT program fosters relationships for long-term projects and enhances scientific leadership at MSIs in DHS-relevant research areas.
The 2019 teams, their projects, and their host COEs include:
Arctic Domain Awareness Center (ADAC)
- Dr. Dahwei Chang, Arizona Western College, and student Shannon Draper
Project: Thermodynamic Drivers to Predicting Sea Ice Growth/Melt and Optimization Algorithm for Arctic ICECON Calculation
Borders, Trade & Immigration Institute (BTI)
- Dr. Nursen Zanca, University of the Incarnate Word, and student Randol Nicholas
Project: The Global Terrorism Index (GTI): Methodology and Meaning
Center for Accelerated Operational Efficiency (CAOE)
- Dr. Adan Vela, University of Central Florida, and student Gabriela Coccaro
Project: Data-enabled Proactive Emergency Response
Coastal Resilience Center (CRC) – Two teams
- Dr. Michelle Dovil, Florida A&M University, and students: Tenesha Washington and Tia Maxwell
Project: The Place We Call Home: the Risk Perceptions and Place Attachments of Coastal Communities at Risk for Sea Level Rise in North Carolina
- Dr. Kulwinder Kaur, Elizabeth City State University, and students Jaida Ellis and Genesis McClain
Project: An Examination of Mental Health Effects of Hurricanes on Vulnerable Populations in Coastal North Carolina and Implications for Resilience
Criminal Investigations and Network Analysis (CINA)- Two teams
- Dr. Omar Camarillo, Eastern New Mexico University, and students Cecilia Torres and Xandra James
Project: Content Analysis of Twitter: Gangs, Cartels and Tweets
- Dr. Vernon Scott, Trinity Washington University, and student Diana Gomez
Project: Guilty by Association: How Minority Status and Community Characteristics Contribute to the Race Crime Proxy
Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute (CIRI)- Two teams
- Dr. Radian Belu, Southern University and A&M College, and students Trinity Reed and Deshon Swafford
Project: Improving the Resilience and Emergency Service Restoration in the Aftermath of an Extreme Event by Microgrids
- Dr. Sybil Rosado, Benedict College, and students Kwanza Ross and Aiyande McGill
Project: Changing the Culture of Cybersecurity Awareness Among Small Businesses
In addition to conducting research at one of the COEs, the teams will participate in the annual DHS COE Summit to be held in Arlington, VA, in July. The DHS COE Summit is a unique opportunity for SRT faculty and students to connect with DHS components; federal, state, and local stakeholders; and industry partners to present current and emerging solutions to threats and homeland security challenges.
For more information about SRTs, visit https://www.orau.gov/dhseducation/faculty/.
Information on the DHS Centers of Excellence can be found at: