College Qualified Leaders

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

cql programThe College Qualified Leaders (CQL) program matches practicing DoD scientists with talented college and graduate students creating a direct mentor-student relationship, providing participants with training that is unparalleled at most colleges. CQL students receive firsthand research experience and exposure to DoD laboratories. CQL fosters desire in its participants to pursue further training and careers in STEM. Selected participants receive a stipend based on education and experience and may participate year-round.

I very much enjoyed my internship…I became an ‘expert’ in a specific topic, and was able to present my findings to other colleagues and scientists in the field.

 

  • CQL internship is primarily designed for greater than 6 month work-study internships.
  • CQL internships are available year round and for the summer only.
  • Applications are accepted throughout the year- there is no application deadline for this program. Any exception to this is noted in the Program Locations section of this page.

For students interested in 8-12 week summer internships, please reference GEMS Near-Peer Mentorship Opportunities.

 

Program Goals

  • Afford program mentors the opportunity to have fully trained students return to their laboratory during their college years for longer term internships and research opportunities.
  • Mentors have the opportunity to share their passion for science with talented undergraduates.
  • Give CQL students the opportunity to continue their research and training.
  • Establish a pool of students preparing for careers in science and engineering with a view toward potential government service.
  • Undergraduates and graduates learn the research process in an active laboratory.
  • Prepare a new generation of scientists to be mentors.



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PROGRAM LOCATIONS

ALABAMA

U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Research, Development & Engineering Center – Redstone, AL

The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC), a major component laboratory of the Army’s Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM), is the Army’s focal point for research, development, engineering technology and services for aviation and missile platforms. In addition to conducting research and advanced development, AMRDEC provides one-stop life cycle engineering and scientific support for aviation systems, missile systems, and unmanned aerial platforms. AMRDEC has an extensive history of providing world-class aviation and missile systems to the Warfighter. At present, more than 3,000 employees work at the AMRDEC, of which approximately 2,600 are scientists and engineers. AMRDEC conducts operations in approximately 1.7 million square feet of facilities. AMRDEC provides a wide array of technologies, hardware and software applications, and products and services that run the gamut from game-changing technologies to detect and destroy threats, enhance performance, lethality, survivability and reliability of aviation and missile systems, along with programs to miniaturize missile and aircraft components, provide modeling and simulation applications for these technologies and systems, and the associated training applications.

2015 DATES / GRADE LEVEL
Jun 1 – Aug 7 / College, Graduate and Onward

 


 

GEORGIA

U.S. Army Research Laboratory – Forest Park, GA

Details coming soon!

 


 

ILLINOIS

U.S. Army Engineer Research & Development Center – Construction Engineering Research Laboratory – – Champaign, IL

The U.S. Army Engineer Research & Development Center – Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (ERDC-CERL), Champaign, IL. ERDC-CERL directs its research efforts toward increasing the Army’s ability to more efficiently design, construct, operate and maintain its installations and contingency bases and to ensure environmental quality and safety at a reduced life-cycle cost. ERDC-CERL researchers work in collaboration with other ERDC labs and with partners in government, industry and academia. This helps CERL develop technologies for the Army’s current and future force while also benefitting the private and public sectors where no similar applications and capabilities exist. While ERDC-CERL program centers on sustainable military installation infrastructure and environment, additional focus areas include enhancing socio-cultural understanding in theater operations and improving civil works facilities and infrastructure.

2015 DATES / GRADE LEVEL
Details coming soon!


 

MARYLAND

U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense – Aberdeen Proving Ground/Edgewood, MD

The United States Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (USAMRICD), located at Aberdeen Proving Ground, is the nation’s center of excellence for medical chemical defense. The Institute’s mission is to discover and develop medical products and knowledge solutions against chemical threats via research, education and training, and consultation. USAMRICD protects the warfighter through the development of antidote therapy, pretreatment measures, analytical methods, and improved management of casualties. USAMRICD also has responsibility for training health care professionals in the medical management of chemical casualties and for providing consultation services on all medical aspects of chemical warfare agents.

2015 DATES / GRADE LEVEL
Ongoing / College

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U.S. Army Center for Environmental Health Research – Fort Detrick, MD

The Integrative Systems Biology Program is house at the U.S. Army Center for Environmental Health Research (USACEHR), Fort Detrick, MD. The research efforts focus on problems of extreme military importance and apply global approaches to obtain an overarching view of the problem. Our studies integrate exhaustive clinical findings with immune function, pathophysiology and global multi-molecular (omic) studies. As a result, our internships focus on global transcriptomics, epigenomics, proteomics, metabolomics and microbiomics using a range of state-of-art technologies. Key is our integration teams which develop and apply bioinformatics tools. SEAP and CQL Interns include graduate students, post-bac, college students and exceptional senior high school students.

2015 DATES / GRADE LEVEL
Ongoing / College, Graduate and Onward

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U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases – Fort Detrick, MD

Since its inception in 1969, USAMRIID has spearheaded research to develop medical solutions—vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, and information—to protect our military service members from biological threats. USAMRIID’s specialized capabilities include Biosafety Level 3 and Level 4 laboratories, world-class expertise in the generation of biological aerosols for testing candidate vaccines and therapeutics, and fully accredited animal research facilities.

The outstanding national reputation of USAMRIID has been built over the years by numerous scientists and technical staff working to protect both military personnel and civilians from the threat of infectious diseases. USAMRIID participates in support of emerging disease investigations, working alongside colleagues from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. As a reference laboratory for the Department of Defense, USAMRIID sets the standard for identification of biological agents. Customers in the Army and the Department of Defense know USAMRIID as a “tech base” organization that has produced some 20 candidate medical products over the past decade. Still others recognize the impressive scientific credentials of the USAMRIID workforce, which represents some of the top infectious disease and biological defense experts in the Nation—indeed, in the world.

2015 DATES / GRADE LEVEL
Jun 22- Aug 14 (dates are flexible based on each student) / College

*Application deadline for this program location is April 15, 2015.

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U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command – Walter Reed Army Institute of Research – Silver Spring, MD

Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) has developed two modern Centers of Excellence—Infectious Disease Research and Military Psychiatry and Neuroscience Research. World-renowned scientists with expertise in comprehensive soldier fitness, brain injury, and sleep management make up the Center for Military Psychiatry and Neuroscience Research. The Center for Military Infectious Disease Research combines expertise in the development of vaccines and drugs for prevention and treatment of such diseases as malaria, HIV/AIDS, dengue fever, wound infections, leishmaniasis, enteric diseases and others.

2015 DATES / GRADE LEVEL
Ongoing / College

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U.S. Army Research Laboratory – Aberdeen Proving, MD

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s (ARL) portfolio is focused on maturing technologies for transition principally to the Research, Development, and Engineering Centers (RDECs), but also to other partners in the Army Transformation Program Executive Office/Program Managers (PEOs/PMs), the Army Test and Evaluation Center (ATEC), the Training & Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Battle Labs, the other services, and the private sector.

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U.S. Army Research Laboratory – Adelphi, MD

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s (ARL) portfolio is focused on maturing technologies for transition principally to the Research, Development, and Engineering Centers (RDECs), but also to other partners in the Army Transformation Program Executive Office/Program Managers (PEOs/PMs), the Army Test and Evaluation Center (ATEC), the Training & Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Battle Labs, the other services, and the private sector.

 


 

MISSISSIPPI

U.S. Army Engineer Research & Development Center – Vicksburg, MS

The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, MS helps solve the nation’s most challenging problems in civil and military engineering, geospatial sciences, water resources, and environmental sciences for the Army, Department of Defense, civilian agencies, and our Nation’s public good. ERDC’s vision is to become the world’s premier public engineering and environmental sciences research and development organization.

As one of the most diverse engineering and scientific research organizations in the world, ERDC conducts research and development in support of the Soldier, military installations, and the Corps of Engineers’ civil works mission, as well as for other federal agencies, state and municipal authorities, and with U.S. industries through innovative work agreements. ERDC has a staff of approximately 2,500 federal employees and contractors, and an annual research program exceeding $1.6 billion in FY11.

2015 DATES / GRADE LEVEL
Jun 8 – Aug 7 / College, Graduate and Onward

 


 

VIRGINIA

U.S. Army Research & Development Center Topographic Engineering Center – Alexandria, VA

The U.S. Army Engineer Research & Development Center – Topographic Engineering Center (ERDC-GRL), Alexandria, VA areas of focus are Terrain Analysis for Signal and Sensor Phenomenology, Geospatial Temporal Information Structure and Framework, GeoEnabled Mission Command, Geospatial Reasoning, Imagery and GeoData Sciences.

2015 DATES / GRADE LEVEL
Ongoing / College

CONTACT

For general program inquiries, contact:
Army CQL Help-Desk
Email: armycql@asee.org
Phone: 855-592-3558