CTSS Internships, Fall 2016 – Applications due May 1st

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UMass Lowell’s Center for Terrorism and Security Studies (CTSS) is seeking highly motivated students to become involved in the CTSS Internship. CTSS is offering one 3-credit internship (CRIM 4960) that focuses on issues of terrorism and counter-terrorism in the United States. This internship give students applied experience of collecting, coding and analyzing data on terrorist offenders and terrorist attacks.

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JM Berger visit to Lowell

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ISIS: The State of Terror, with J.M. Berger
Author’s book signing and discussion

When: April 13th, 7pm
Where: HyperText Bookstore, 107 Merrimack Street, Lowell, MA 01852

J.M. Berger is a fellow with George Washington University’s Program on Extremism. He is researcher, analyst and consultant, with a special focus on extremist activities in the U.S. and use of social media. Berger is co-author of the critically acclaimed ISIS: The State of Terror with Jessica Stern and author of Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam, the only definitive history of the U.S. jihadist movement. Berger publishes the web site Intelwire.com and has written for Politico, The Atlantic and Foreign Policy, among others. He was previously a non-resident fellow with the Brookings Institution, Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World, and an associate fellow with the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation.

Recent media appearances

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Here are some recent media appearances and quotes by CTSS team members:


Neil Shortland, interview on Al-Jazeera English (Dec. 7, 2015)

Joel Day, interview on TRI World (Nov. 19, 2015)


Neil Shortland, interview on Al-Jazeera English (Dec. 3, 2015)

James Forest, Daily Beast interview (Nov. 24, 2015)

Joel Day, Radio Interview, “Terrorism Expert Weighs In on Paris Attacks.” KGO News San Francisco (ABC), November 16, 2015.  http://www.kgoradio.com/2015/11/16/joel-day-interview-islamic-state-group-expert/

Joel Day, Television Interview, “U.S. Remains Vigilant In Investigating ISIS After Paris Attacks,” WHDH Chanel 7 News (NBC) November 16, 2015.   http://www.whdh.com/story/30532752/us-remains-vigilant-in-investigating-isis-after-paris-attacks

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Terrorist Magazines Report

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Online Terrorist Magazines:
A report from the Cyberterrorism Project (Swansea) in collaboration with UMass Lowell’s Center for Terrorism & Security Studies:

Law Enforcement Job Websites

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Here are a few links (courtesy of Dave Twomey, a Ph.D. student in the Ph.D. program, Terrorism Studies Option) for people who are interested in a career in municipal and state law enforcement. We’ll post more links and other resources here as they are sent to us via email: ctss@uml.edu.

ISSS Reception Slideshow “About the CTSS”

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Here is the Powerpoint slideshow that we presented during the CTSS-sponsored reception at the 2015 meeting of the International Security Studies Section/International Security and Arms Control in Springfield, MA.

Slideshow for ISSS-ISAC 2015

Spring 2016 Courses

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Here is a list of the undergraduate and graduate courses in terrorism and security studies offered at UMass Lowell in the Spring 2016 semester.


  • CRIM1150.201: Introduction to Homeland Security (J. Yurcak) – Mon/Wed/Fri 8-8:50am
  • CRIM1150.202: Introduction to Homeland Security (J. Yurcak) – Mon/Wed/Fri 9-9:50am
  • CRIM2130.201: Emergency Management (G. Gordon) – Mon/Wed 2-3:15pm
  • CRIM2130.202: Emergency Management (G. Gordon) – Mon/Wed 3:30-4:45pm
  • CRIM2480.201: Terrorism (International and Domestic) (J. Dmello) – Tues/Thurs 3:30-4:45pm
  • CRIM2480.202: Terrorism (International and Domestic) (O. Zmiri) – Mon/Wed/Fri 12:00-12:50pm
  • CRIM2480.301: Terrorism (International and Domestic) (J. Day) – Tues/Thurs 2:00-3:15pm
  • CRIM3120.201: Security Management (M. Beaudry) – Mon/Wed/Fri 8-8:50am

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DHS Summer Internship Opportunity

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DHS Summer Internship Opportunity for STEM majors
Application deadline is December 16, 2015

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) Disciplines. The program provides students with quality research experiences at federal research facilities located across the country and allows students the opportunity to establish connections with DHS professionals. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students in a broad spectrum of HS-STEM Disciplines and DHS mission-relevant Research Areas. The ultimate goal of the program is to engage a diverse, educated and skilled pool of scientists and engineers in HS-STEM areas and to promote long-term relationships between students, researchers, DHS and research facilities to enhance the HS-STEM workforce.

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CTSS Internship Applications Due Dec. 1

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Now Accepting Applications for Student Interns

Application deadline is December 1, 2015.

UMass Lowell’s Center for Terrorism and Security Studies (CTSS) conducts scholarly research on all aspects of terrorism, political violence and issues of domestic and international security. The Center’s work is multidisciplinary, drawing on many perspectives, research methodologies, and analytic frameworks in order to better understand the causes and consequences of new and emerging security challenges.

CTSS is seeking highly motivated students for the academic semester Spring 2016. Successful candidates will work on one of two research projects aimed at understanding the activities engaged in by members of terrorist groups. Students may identify specific interests in their applications, but this will not ensure final placement as project needs are subject to change.

Positions are unpaid. Academic credit (3 credits) is available with approval from your academic adviser and upon completion of additional requirements (see below).
Application Procedures

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