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At the Department of Defense, our people are the military's most enduring advantage. DoD continually seeks to increase development of a representative, world-class STEM talent pool capable of filling our workforce needs and providing continuous access to STEM talent throughout the nation.

You don’t have to be a member of the military to work for the DoD as a STEM scientist or engineer. It is a great way to give back to your country and be a part of something bigger. With labs located across the country with innovative, diverse, and creative environments, working for the DoD means being surrounded by intelligent people who are laser focused on forwarding science and technology through innovation.

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DoD Announces 2019 Class of Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship

The Laboratory University Collaboration Initiative (LUCI), sponsored by the Basic Research Office, Office of Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (USD R&E) (, is a pilot program designed to support the DoD Laboratory researchers for their collaborations fostered between them and DoD funded university researchers on basic research projects in areas of critical interest to DoD.


White papers for the 2019 and 2020 Class LUCI Fellows are being solicited from researchers in the DoD laboratories

All technical and administrative correspondence and questions regarding this program should be sent to Dr. Jean-Luc Cambier at or Dr. David. A. Stout at


Center of Excellence for Minority Women in STEM

On 9 July, Spelman College, a Historically Black College for women, was awarded a Center of Excellence for Minority Women in STEM. Funded through the DoD Historically Black Colleges/Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions (HBCU/MI) Program, the Center is devoted to advancing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and research capabilities through faculty and student training, coursework development, and research collaborations with DoD Service Components.
The Center will promote the scholarly development of undergraduate minority women to prepare them for advanced degrees in STEM and particularly for research careers in areas that support the mission of the DoD. Research areas comprise those of critical importance to the Department to include artificial intelligence, machine learning, and cyber security, and supports the FY 2018 congressional add—by way of Senator David Perdue (R-GA)—for increasing minority women participation in STEM activities. The Center is funded at $2 million and has a four year period of performance.

For more information about the DoD HBCU/MI Program.

For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Championship.

On 25-27 April, FIRST hosted its second World Championship competition in Detroit, MI. Dr. Cantu from the Defense Laboratories Office (DLO) attended this event to meet with the FIRST teams sponsored by DoD STEM. Of the  FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) teams competing at the Detroit Championship, DoD STEM sponsored 39 from 12 states and the District of Columbia. The DoD-sponsored FRC teams advanced to their division playoffs and competed in elimination matches. Five DoD STEM-sponsored FRC teams received division-level awards. 

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