The Network Contagion Lab at Rutgers University (NC Lab at Rutgers) is a newly established, cyber-social threat identification and forecasting center developed through a partnership between the Network Contagion Research Institute (NCRI), Rutgers’ Miller Center on Policing and Community Resilience, and Rutgers’ Center for Critical Intelligence Studies.

The NC Lab at Rutgers provides an immersive training program in which students are prepared to participate as active members of a multidisciplinary research team. Students of varying backgrounds, from literature, to psychology, to mathematics and computer science, learn by observing, integrating, and modeling the latest cutting-edge techniques and skills essential for deriving intelligence from open sources. The Lab acts as a center for identifying and forecasting cyber-social threats and focuses on protecting vulnerable communities from threats ranging from Islamophobia and anti-Black hate to Hinduphobia and antisemitism.

Learn more about the contributions of Rutgers IC CAE students to the NC Lab at Rutgers here.

Rutgers IC CAE Research Fellowship Program with the NC Lab at Rutgers

Selected students will join a multidisciplinary team of scholars and analysts to help profile and report on emerging threats of extremism and terror forming on social media. Ideal candidates possess a background in computer science or statistics and have some understanding of working with large data sets, or alternatively, experience in OSINT (open source intelligence gathering). Students will be expected to meet virtually several times a week both independently with individual senior scholars and analysts to carry out specific research tasks and collectively on occasion with the larger working team to present findings. Depending on participation, students will have the opportunity to participate and obtain authorship on high quality and data-driven intelligence reports on emerging extremist threats.

Students will provide approximately 15 hours of research assistance per week on a project that will take place remotely for the duration of the fellowship. IC CAE Research Fellows must be United States Citizens. In order to participate, students must enroll in a 3-credit independent study or internship course at their respective institutions. Students from all academic disciplines with a minimum 3.0 GPA are invited to apply.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Selected Rutgers students must register for 01:790:484:03 (in-person section of Research in Critical Intelligence Studies) with a special permission number for Fall 2024. Students selected for this opportunity, whether from Rutgers or another college/university, must be available for a weekly team meeting on Wednesdays from 10am-1pm.

 APPLY HERE [Students from Rutgers, NJCU, CCNY, BMCC, and all IC CAE colleges/universities are eligible to participate]


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