Harris Receives SMART Scholarship From Department of Defense

April 15, 2019

Brian Harris posing with his project poster.BATON ROUGE, LA – Brian Harris, a PhD student in LSU’s Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, was recently awarded the SMART Scholarship by the Department of Defense.

The SMART—or Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation—Scholarship-for-Service Program was established as an effort by the DOD to “enhance the workforce with talented, innovative, and brilliant scientists, engineers, and researchers.” It offers scholarships for bachelors, masters, and PhD students pursuing degrees in STEM-related fields. While in school, students receive full tuition, monthly stipends, health insurance, and book allowances, as well as summer internships that range from eight to 12 weeks. Upon degree completion, scholars work as a civilian within their sponsoring facility.

Harris, a native of Morristown, Tenn., is working under LSU Civil & Environmental Engineering Assistant Professor Navid Jafari, focusing on the resiliency of natural and restored coastal infrastructure in Louisiana.

“I am so thankful for this opportunity,” Harris said. “This scholarship allows me to work in one of the nation’s top research laboratories, alongside the scientists I have looked up to throughout my studies at LSU.”


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