Students receive SMART scholarships from Department of Defense

Author: Marissa Runkle and Julie Hail Flory


Three University of Notre Dame students have been selected to receive Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Defense Scholarships from the U.S. Department of Defense for their work in disciplines aimed at improving the nations security.

Kristina Thuy Sault, a sophomore physics major, and Patrick La Fratta and Megan Vance, both graduate students in computer science, are among some 200 students chosen this year nationwide to receive the SMART scholarships, which include full tuition, fees, books and two-year stipends ranging from $22,000 to $39,000.

The SMART program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers who work at Department of Defense laboratories. Participants are assigned to paid summer internships in laboratories and agree to work for the department after graduation – one year for each year they receive the scholarship, with the possibility of longer-term careers.

The SMART program selects top undergraduate and graduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, known as STEM disciplines, whose research interests are aimed at helping to advance the nations security.

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