The UMass Lowell Center for Terrorism and Security Studies (CTSS) leads and facilitates scientific research, education and training to help understand and respond to the evolution, convergence and complexity of domestic and foreign security challenges.

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  • 200+

    Interns trained

  • 4,655,000

    Funding for CTSS research

  • 150+

    Books, articles and chapters published.

Meet Our Students

Neil Shortland, left, and the P2P team in Washington, from left, Jamie Keenan, Danielle Thibodeau, Nicolette San Clemente, Jonas Pierribia and Tyler Cote. A team of five students — mostly criminal justice majors — who created a website that educates students, parents and teachers about terrorist recruitment methods won an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in January after advancing to the final round of an international contest.  The Peer to Peer: Challenging Extremism (P2P) competition, sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security and Facebook, taps college students’ social media skills to counter the influence of extremists and terrorists in their own communities, from white supremacists in the U.S. to ISIS and homegrown terrorist cells in troubled countries.
Nicolette San Clemente
CTSS Intern/International Business Major, 2018

Through her internship with CTSS, Nicolette and 4 others students developed and launched an award-winning non-profit Countering Violent Extremism program.

I don’t think I’ve ever been more fully immersed in a work style experience that involved collaborating with others to solve a problem and that was really fascinating and I learned a lot about terrorism.
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