HS-STEM Program Overview and Eligibility Requirements

Awards will be provided to full-time graduate students with a research focus in the visualization and data sciences and HS-STEM fields. These awards will apply to students who would like to pursue advanced degrees in the following areas:

  • computer graphics
  • computer science
  • visualization
  • visual analytics
  • human computer interaction
  • image and video processing
  • machine learning
  • advanced databases
  • knowledge management
  • cognitive psychology
  • data analytics
  • cybersecurity
  • forensics
  • decision sciences
  • information and knowledge management
  • massive and real-time data management
  • mobile computing
  • interoperability
  • statistics
  • math

Successful applicants will be expected to work under the close supervision of a VACCINE faculty member to advance the research agenda as it aligns to VACCINE's homeland security mission areas. Awards are also open to senior undergraduates applying to graduate school. Awards are contingent upon acceptance into an appropriate graduate program at Purdue University. Students must be US Citizens and have a minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA.

Basic Eligibility

Applicants Must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Be admitted and enrolled full-time into an appropriate Purdue graduate program with research focus in the visualization and data sciences and Homeland Security – STEM fields
  • Currently have and will maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher on a 4.00 scale
  • Maintain a 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale for any given semester
  • Attend the Annual DHA Scholars and Fellows Orientation Meeting in Washington, DC (expenses paid via the HS-STEM Program)
  • Make and honor the commitment to provide one year of service (one continuous year, two semesters and one summer, or four consecutive summers) at a DHS-approved STEM facility during or immediately following the term of the award


  • Financial Support – via forgivable loans for up to three years
  • Ancillary training opportunities and enrichment experiences
  • Assistance with internship application process
  • Career Development Speaker Series
  • Participation in center-wide VACCINE Center activities
  • All-expense paid conference: Career Development Grant Summit (Washington, DC)
  • Research Assistant in the VACCINE Lab

Apply Today

  • Applications are currently being accepted for Spring 2017.
  • Application Deadline: Tuesday January 3, 2017.
  • Download the application
  • For more information, contact Jen Christopher at (765)494-7344 or christ81@purdue.edu

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