Scholars Shine at DoD SMART Symposium

Scholars Shine at DoD SMART Symposium

scholars represent diverse pool of superior technical talent

A select group of Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) scholars from across the Department of Defense (DoD) Science & Technology Enterprise presented innovative and cutting-edge research at the annual 2018 SMART Symposium on July 25, 2018 at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory located in Adelphi, Maryland. These scholars represented a diverse pool of superior technical talent who are helping the DoD maintain the Nation’s economic growth by providing the building blocks and tools for understanding and enhancing technology to strengthen its economy and meet its scientific challenges.

SMART is a scholarship-for-service program that provides full tuition and other financial benefits to individuals in exchange for a period of post-graduation civilian service in a DoD facility. Another benefit of the program comes in the form of internships that allow for broadly relevant hands-on research and work experiences in DoD facilities, thereby enhancing their educational experience. The SMART Scholarship Program represents a critical DoD investment in attracting the best and brightest of minds whose technical expertise will help execute the Department's mission.

Scholars selected to attend the symposium were given the opportunity to interact and present specific projects they have worked on during their service commitment period at DoD labs and facilities to senior leadership from the Services. Some of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines that were represented by the scholars included cognitive psychology, engineering, ecological sciences, and computer science. Senior leaders spoke to these individuals and stressed the importance of mobilizing for excellence in the areas of mathematics and science because new technologies emerge every day, with engineering, scientific and technological innovations becoming increasingly important. They explained how the future economic prosperity of the United States depends on innovators and researchers, such as the SMART scholars, developing cutting-edge technology solutions addressing the Nation’s most critical challenges. Additionally, senior leaders urged them to continue supporting the Department’s enduring mission to provide combat-credible military forces needed to deter war and protect the security of the United States.

To learn more about the SMART program and to apply, please visit the DoD SMART website:

By Emily Tully