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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, 2020
Summer Program Applications Open

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

February 28, 2020
Summer Program Applications Close

March - April 2020
Applications Reviewed and Selection Made

June - August
On Site Summer Apprenticeship

Interested in this program?

If you are interested in this program email us or call 585-475-2566. 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 Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center (CCDC AvMC)
    Field of Study: Aerodynamics/Aeromechanics, Aviation, Systems Engineering, Modeling/Simulation
    2020 Program Dates coming soon.

    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
    2020 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,
    2020 Program Dates coming soon.

    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
    2020 Program Dates coming soon.

    Chicago, IL
    U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command – Army Research Laboratory (CCDC-ARL)-Central/University of Chicago
    Field of Study: Materials, Mechanisms, & Computing- Impact physics, quantum science, high performance computing, materials for weapons and protection.
    2020 Program Dates coming soon.

    Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
    U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command – Biological Chemical Center (CCDC-CBC)
    Field of Study: Biochemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Microbiology, Physics, Physical Science
    2020 Program Dates coming soon.

    U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command – Army Research Laboratory (CCDC-ARL)
    Field of Study: Materials Research, Manufacturing Science,Information Sciences,Computer Science, Army Air and Ground Vehicle Technologies,Robotics,Human Sciences
    2020 Program Dates coming soon.

    Adelphi, MD
    U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command – Army Research Laboratory (CCDC-ARL)
    Field of Study: Sensors and Electronics Research,Power and Energy, Robotics,Information Sciences, Synthetic Biology,Cyber, Computer Science
    2020 Program Dates coming soon.

    Fort Detrick, MD
    U.S. Army Center for Environmental Health Research
    Field of Study: Global Transcriptomics, Epigenomics, Proteomics, Metabolomics and Microbiomics
    2020 Program Dates coming soon.

    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
    2020 Program Dates coming soon.

    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
    2020 Program Dates coming soon.

    Vicksburg, MS
    U.S. Army Engineer Research & Development Center
    Field of Study: Engineering and Environmental Sciences
    2020 Program Dates coming soon.

    Picatinny, NJ
    U.S. Combat Capabilities Development Command – Armaments Center  (CCDC-AC)
    Field of Study: Engineering and Environmental Sciences
    2020 Program Dates: December 1 – August 30, 2020

    West Point, NY
    Army Cyber Institute
    Fields of Study: Cybersecurity, Electronic Warfare, Computer Science, Computational Linguistics
    Program Dates: 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
    2020 Program Dates coming soon.

    Playa Vista, CA
    U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command – Army Research Laboratory (CCDC-ARL)-West/University of Southern California
    Fields of Study: Human Information Interaction- How humans generate & interact with data to effectively and efficiently make decisions
    2020 Program Dates coming soon.

    Austin, TX
    U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command – Army Research Laboratory (CCDC-ARL)-South/University of Texas, Austin
    Fields of Study:  Materials & Manufacturing- Additive manufacturing, biosciences, energy & power, energetic materials, cyber science
    2020 Program Dates coming soon.

     

    Boston, MA
    U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command – Army Research Laboratory (CCDC-ARL)-Northeast/Northeastern University
    Field of Study: Materials & Manufacturing- Materials Science, Nanotechnology, Additive manufacturing
    2020 Program Dates coming soon.

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