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The U.S. National Science Foundation and the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) have initiated a joint research training opportunity through the NSF INTERN program. Two DEVCOM organizations are participating: the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) and the Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC). 

The NSF INTERN program (formally known as Non-Academic Research Internships for Graduate Students) provides graduate students with six-month experiential learning opportunities through research internships where they acquire core professional competencies and skills.  

“We are excited to partner with the U.S. Army DEVCOM to introduce a new research training opportunity for graduate students in science and engineering, aimed at equipping students with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive professionally,” said NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan. “By offering real-world research experiences, we are shaping the next generation of STEM leaders and preparing students from diverse backgrounds, including veterans and persons with disabilities, for successful careers in STEM. This initiative underscores NSF’s commitment to maintaining U.S. leadership in STEM and fostering a diverse, skilled workforce for the future.”  

The NSF-DEVCOM INTERN opportunity will support research experiences at DEVCOM that align with ARL and GVSC research competencies. These include biotechnology, energy and fuels, extreme materials, propulsion and robotics, among others. The opportunity will fund approximately 10 internships in Fiscal Year 2024, providing up to $55,000 per student for a six-month period. 

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