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Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science

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About GEMS

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Welcome to the Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS) Program, funded by the Army Educational Outreach Program!

GEMS is an extracurricular science education program, which enables youth (rising 5th graders through high school graduates – depending on the location) to experience science in a real laboratory setting. The program is based on a multi-disciplinary educational curriculum, and is focused on age and grade-appropriate hands-on activities, in areas such as science, engineering, mathematics, computational sciences, computational biology, biomedical sciences, chemistry and biology.

GEMS is offered at various Army Laboratory locations throughout the country. Click here to explore the site-specific offerings at a location near you

All students who are selected and successfully participate in GEMS qualify for an educational stipend ($100 per week). Participants must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent legal residents.


The GEMS programs utilize near-peer mentors (college students in STEM fields) and resource teachers (licensed k-12 teachers) to provide instruction and mentorship to program participants. Near-peer mentor and resource teacher stipends are determined based on prior research and work experience. Near-peer mentors and resource teachers must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent legal residents.