PACER Scholars Programs


The PACER Summer Scholars Program seeks to recognize students with demonstrated interest in the field of disaster preparedness and catastrophic event response who exhibit exceptional merit, leadership, and integrity.  These awards will enable students to participate in ground-breaking scientific research related to preparedness theory, practice, and training; analysis, modeling, and simulation; public health and medical surge capacity and the science of preparedness education.  The aim of the PACER Scholarship is to introduce promising students to the cutting edge of disaster preparedness and response.

The objective of this program is to foster opportunities for students to work closely with recognized top subject matter experts in conducting research that will further the science of preparedness.  It is anticipated that this program will facilitate the development of future leaders within the field of disaster preparedness and catastrophic event response as awardees are expected to establish and strengthen longer-term contacts in key scientific areas.

Broadly speaking, the objectives of the program are to:

  • Enable intellectually distinguished students to work with and learn from current leaders in the field;
  • Help students gain an understanding and appreciation of the current status of disaster preparedness in the United State;
  • Contribute to the advancement of knowledge in science of preparedness at PACER;
  • Motivate the pursuit of careers in homeland security and disaster preparedness;
  • Promote the personal and academic fulfillment of each student; and
  • Contribute to the development of educational programs in disaster response and preparedness in PACER institutions and, via graduates, throughout the US.

For more information contact Lauren Sauer: