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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.

Important Dates

Open all year
Open Year Round for Non-summer Applications

November 1
Summer Program Applications Open

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!

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    Program Locations

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    Redstone, AL
    U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Research, Development & Engineering Center
    2018 Program Dates: May 30 – July 27, 2018

    Forest Park, GA
    Defense Forensic Science Center
    2018 Program Dates: TBD

    Champaign, IL
    U.S. Army Engineer Research & Development Center – Construction Engineering Research Laboratory
    2018 Program Dates: June 11 – August 10, 2018

    Rock Island Arsenal, IL
    U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center
    2018 Program Dates: June 11 – August 3, 2018

    Chicago, IL
    ARL-Central

    Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
    U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center – 2018 Program Dates: June 25 – August 17, 2018
    U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense
    U.S. Army Research Laboratory – 2018 Program Dates: June 4 – August 10, 2018

    Adelphi, MD
    U.S. Army Research Laboratory – 2018 Program Dates: June 4 – August 10, 2018

    Fort Detrick, MD
    U.S. Army Center for Environmental Health Research – 2018 Program Dates: June 4 – August 3, 2018
    U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases – 2018 Program Dates: June 18 – August 10, 2018

    Silver Spring, MD
    U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command – Walter Reed Army Institute of Research – 2018 Program Dates: June 18 – August 10, 2018

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

    Alexandria, VA
    U.S. Army Research & Development Center Geospatial Research Laboratory

    Playa Vista, CA
    ARL-West

    Orlando, FL
    ARL-Orlando

    Austin, TX
    ARL-South

    Boston, MA
    ARL-Northeast

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