The GEMS program at the U.S. Army Engineer Research & Development Center (ERDC) Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) in Champaign, IL is open to the public for rising 7th-11th graders. All participants must be United States Citizens or U.S. Permanent Legal Residents. All participants are eligible for an educational stipend. ERDC GEMS programs are hosted at the beginning (GEMS I) and intermediate (GEMS II) levels.
The ERDC-CERL GEMS program utilizes Near-Peer Mentors (NPM) and Resource Teachers (RT). Interested applicants must be available during all GEMS sessions and potentially for additional paid training days.
2015 Program Dates
GEMS I (rising 7th & 8th grade)
GEMS II (rising 9th, 10th & 11th grade)
Near-Peer Mentor Program
Jun 1-Jul 17
Resource Teacher Program
Jun 1-Jul 17
Participants must apply during the application windows specified below:
Near-Peer Mentor Program (Dec 19, 2014 Mar 1, 2015) Apply here
Resource Teacher Program (Dec 19, 2014 Mar 1, 2015) Apply here
GEMS Student Program (Jan 20, 2015 Feb 28, 2015) Apply here
The U.S. Army Engineer Research & Development Center - Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (ERDC-CERL) directs its research efforts toward increasing the Armys ability to more efficiently design, construct, operate and maintain its installations and contingency bases and to ensure environmental quality and safety at a reduced life-cycle cost. ERDC-CERL researchers work in collaboration with other ERDC labs and with partners in government, industry and academia. While the ERDC-CERL program centers on sustainable military installation infrastructure and environment, additional focus areas include enhancing socio-cultural understanding in theater operations and improving civil works facilities and infrastructure.