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College Qualified Leaders (CQL) matches practicing DoD scientists with talented undergraduate 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 may participate year-round or for the summer only. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

You'll Get To...

  • receive a stipend based on your experience and education level
  • work personally with scientists or engineers doing real life research
  • conduct research in Department of Defense laboratories
  • have the opportunity to present your research to your peers

Eligibility

  • Undergraduate students

More Information

This program is for commuting students only. Students are required to travel to and from the program site daily. In addition, the program does not supply an allowance for housing, meals or travel reimbursement. To find CQL programs in your area, use the map below or download this list of locations.

Important Dates

Open all year
Open Year Round for Non-summer Applications

November 1
Summer Program Applications Open

*February 15 - Midnight EST
*AMRDEC Summer Program Applications Close

February 28
Summer Program Applications Close

March 1 - March 31
Applications Reviewed

April 1 - April 31
AAS notified by universities and labs of confirmed participants

May 1
Notification process of selections & non-selections to students begin

May 1 - May 31
Welcome letters to students, mentors & lab coordinators

June - August
Summer Apprenticeships - Weekly notices to students, mentors/directors/lab coordinators

Interested in this program?

If you are interested in this program email us. We'd love to hear from you!

  • Dr. Taylor and Victoria Van

    FEATURED STUDENT

    Dr. Taylor and Victoria Van

    Science and Engineering Apprentice Program (SEAP) – Summer 2015 and College Qualified Leaders (CQL) – Summer 2016

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    Program Locations

    Click a highlighted state to find a location near you

    Redstone, AL
    U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Research, Development & Engineering Center
    Field of Study: Aerodynamics/Aeromechanics, Aviation, Systems Engineering, Modeling/Simulation
    2019 Program Dates: May 29 – July 26, 2019

    Forest Park, GA
    Defense Forensic Science Center
    Field of Study: DNA/Serology, Trace Evidence, Combined DNA Indexing System (CODIS), Latent Prints, Firearms and Toolmarks, Digital Evidence, Drug Chemistry and Forensic Documents
    2019 Program Dates: Year Round

    Champaign, IL
    U.S. Army Engineer Research & Development Center – Construction Engineering Research Laboratory
    Field of Study: Resilient Facilities and Infrastructure , Smart sustainable Materials,
    2019 Program Dates: June 10 – August 9, 2019

    Rock Island Arsenal, IL
    U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center
    Field of Study: Biochemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Microbiology, Physics, Physical Science
    2019 Program Dates: June 17 – August 9, 2019

    Chicago, IL
    Army Research Laboratory-Central/University of Chicago
    Field of Study: Materials, Mechanisms, & Computing- Impact physics, quantum science, high performance computing, materials for weapons and protection.
    2019 Program Dates: May 1 – August 30, 2019

    Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
    U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center
    Field of Study: Biochemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Microbiology, Physics, Physical Science
    2019 Program Dates: June 24 – August 16, 2019

    U.S. Army Research Laboratory
    Field of Study: Materials Research, Manufacturing Science,Information Sciences,Computer Science, Army Air and Ground Vehicle Technologies,Robotics,Human Sciences
    2019 Program Dates: May 1 – August 30, 2019

    Adelphi, MD
    U.S. Army Research Laboratory
    Field of Study: Sensors and Electronics Research,Power and Energy, Robotics,Information Sciences, Synthetic Biology,Cyber, Computer Science
    2019 Program Dates: May 1 – August 30, 2019

    Fort Detrick, MD
    U.S. Army Center for Environmental Health Research
    Field of Study: Global Transcriptomics, Epigenomics, Proteomics, Metabolomics and Microbiomics
    2019 Program Dates: May 28 – August 16, 2019

    U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases
    Field of Study: Clinical and Veterinary Medicine, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Pathology, Toxicology, Molecular Biology, Immunology, and Virology
    2019 Program Dates: June 24 – August 16, 2019

    Silver Spring, MD
    U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command – Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
    Field of Study: Biomedical Sciences, Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Entomology, Veterinary Sciences
    2019 Program Dates: May 15 – August 30, 2019

    Vicksburg, MS
    U.S. Army Engineer Research & Development Center
    Field of Study: Engineering and Environmental Sciences
    2019 Program Dates: May 13 – August 9, 2019

    West Point, NY
    Army Cyber Institute
    Fields of Study: Cybersecurity, Electronic Warfare, Computer Science, Computational Linguistics
    Program Dates: June 3 – August 16, 2019; 1 October 2019 – 8 May 2020

    Alexandria, VA
    U.S. Army Research & Development Center Geospatial Research Laboratory
    Field of Study: Human Geography, Geospatial Intelligence, Geo-Enabled Computing Environments
    Program Dates: May 13 – August 23, 2019

    Playa Vista, CA
    Army Research Laboratory-West/University of Southern California
    Fields of Study: Human Information Interaction- How humans generate & interact with data to effectively and efficiently make decisions
    2019 Program Dates: May 1 – August 30, 2019

    Austin, TX
    Army Research Laboratory-South/University of Texas, Austin
    Fields of Study:  Materials & Manufacturing- Additive manufacturing, biosciences, energy & power, energetic materials, cyber science
    2019 Program Dates: May 1 – August 30, 2019

     

    Boston, MA
    Army Research Laboratory-Northeast/Northeastern University
    Field of Study: Materials & Manufacturing- Materials Science, Nanotechnology, Additive manufacturing
    2019 Program Dates: May 1 – August 30, 2019

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