Defense Science Study Group (DSSG) is looking for faculty members to contribute to assisting with challenges facing national security

November 18, 2022

The Defense Science Study Group (DSSG) is a program of education and study that introduces outstanding science and engineering professors to the United States’ security challenges and encourages them to apply their talents to these issues. The program is directed by the nonprofit Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) and is sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

Ball State has the opportunity to nominate two faculty to this two-year program that requires their members to devote approximately 20 days per year to DSSG activities. These sessions are broken up into two week-long sessions in the summer and two 3-day sessions each academic year. These sessions focus on defense policy, related research and development, and the systems, missions, and operations of the armed forces and the intelligence community. For more information on specifics of each session, please visit the DSSG website.

Selection is based on academic excellence, breadth of interests, references, consideration of discipline, and geographic distribution. Members of STEM and social and behavioral science are encouraged to apply.

Selection criteria are as follows:

  • A faculty member in science (including social & behavioral), engineering, or related discipline
  • Outstanding academic accomplishments and likely a future leader in their field
  • Preferably within 15 years of their Ph.D.
  • Must be a US Citizen in order to acquire security clearance

If you are interested in learning about, and becoming involved in, the capabilities and challenges related to the country’s national security and want to be considered for Ball State’s nominee, please send your CV and a brief statement of interest to Jackie Davis at by Friday, December 9.

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