The High School Apprenticeship Program


volunteersThe High School Apprenticeship Program (HSAP) provides current high school juniors and seniors with an authentic science and engineering research experience alongside university researchers sponsored by the Army Research Office. Though this commuter program students will develop skills in Army critical science and engineering research areas in a university lab setting to prepare them for the next steps of their educational and professional career.

I got to apply all of the concepts I learn in the class for the first time. Being in the lab and using all the equipment was great- I’ll probably do research again in the future.

HSAP Apprentice April 8, 2015

A primary objective of the HSAP program is to provide a mechanism to expose new students to research opportunities in the sponsored laboratory. Thus persons with recent prior affiliation with a specific laboratory may not be eligible to receive an apprenticeship through this program. Prior affiliation includes direct employment, past compensated research (e.g. REU, other funded research, or research for course credit).

Please note: HSAP is for commuting students only. It is NOT an in-residence program. No housing allowance or meal plan is provided. Please be sure to apply for only university laboratories that you are able to commute to daily.

Students receive an educational stipend equivalent to $10 per hour, and are allowed to work up to 300 hours total. The students contribute to the Army’s research in the laboratory while learning research methods, using advanced research equipment and becoming a part of an active research group. This authentic experience provides exposure to science and engineering research careers.

At the end of the program students will prepare abstracts documenting the research they performed during the apprenticeship. Guidelines and deadlines will be provided to students participating in the program.

Program Goals

  • Provide authentic science and engineering research experience to high school students interested in pursuing STEM;
  • Introduce students to the Army’s interest and investment in science and engineering research and the associated educational opportunities available through the AEOP and DoD;
  • Provide participants with experience in developing and presenting scientific research;
  • Provide participants with experience to develop an independent research program in preparation for research fellowships, graduate school, and careers in science and engineering research;
  • Benefit from the expertise of a scientist or engineer as a mentor for professional and academic development purposes;
  • Develop students’ skills and background to prepare them for competitive entry to science and engineering undergraduate programs.



Jan-Feb: Student applications open and close (locations vary)
Apr 30: Students notified of selection status
Jun-Aug: Students participate in HSAP program (dates vary by location)
Jul: Participants complete research abstracts and program evaluations


For a list of the 2018 HSAP locations and project descriptions, CLICK HERE!

The 2018 HSAP application is open, CLICK HERE TO APPLY!!

*Applications will close 28 February, 2018.



For general program inquiries, contact:
Army Research Office
Phone: 919-549-4209