Science and Engineering Apprentice Program

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

seap programThe Science and Engineering Apprentice Program (SEAP) matches practicing DoD scientists with talented high school students creating a direct mentor-student relationship that provides students with training that is unparalleled at most high schools. SEAP participants receive first-hand research experience and exposure to Department of Defense laboratories. SEAP fosters desire in its participants to pursue further training and careers in STEM.

I feel that I have grown as a student and researcher as a result of my involvement with the [SEAP] program. The most valuable part of the experience was, by far, the real-world research laboratory experience…


SEAP students work with their mentors, Army scientists and engineers, to gain “hands-on” experience in a professional research setting – where students are treated as research assistants rather than teenagers. SEAP provides students with the opportunity to learn how STEM research can benefit the Army as well as the civilian community. Students gain a broader view of their STEM field of interest and learn what kind of work awaits them in their future career.

At the end of the SEAP apprenticeship, students prepare and present final reports based on their research experience. All SEAP students who successfully complete their apprenticeship are awarded an educational stipend.

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Program Goals

  • Acquaint qualified high school students with the activities of Department of Defense laboratories through summer research and engineering experiences.
  • Provide students with opportunities in and exposure to scientific and engineering practices and personnel not available in their school environment.
  • Expose those students to DoD research and engineering activities and goals in a way that encourages a positive image and supportive attitude toward our defense community.
  • Establish a pool of students preparing for careers in science and engineering with a view toward potential government service.
  • Prepare these students to serve as positive role models for their peers thereby encouraging other high school students to take more science and math courses.
  • Involve a larger percentage of students from previously underrepresented segments of our population, such as women, African-Americans, and Hispanics, in pursuing science and engineering careers. SEAP apprenticeships are open to US citizens and US permanent legal residents. (NOTE: some sites are restricted to US citizens due to security guidelines.)

 

Eligibility Information

Students must be in High School to participate. Students must be US citizens or permanent legal residents to be eligible to apply. Additional age requirements may be specified by location. Please read the application carefully.

Parents/students are responsible for arranging travel to/from SEAP. SEAP is a non-residential program. Students coming to the SEAP program from out-of-state need to arrange their own housing. The SEAP program is considered a ‘local’ program so there is no locality or housing benefit given to the student in addition to a stipend.

GENERAL PROGRAM MILESTONES

Dec-Jan: Student application period (varies by site)
Application deadlines – vary by location-
Apr-May: Applications reviewed & participants selected
May: Selected students notified
Jun-Aug: Students participate in SEAP program (dates vary by location)

 

 

PROGRAM LOCATIONS

 

ALABAMA

U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Research, Development & Engineering Center – Redstone, AL

The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC), a major component laboratory of the Army’s Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM), is the Army’s focal point for research, development, engineering technology and services for aviation and missile platforms. In addition to conducting research and advanced development, AMRDEC provides one-stop life cycle engineering and scientific support for aviation systems, missile systems, and unmanned aerial platforms. AMRDEC has an extensive history of providing world-class aviation and missile systems to the Warfighter. At present, more than 3,000 employees work at the AMRDEC, of which approximately 2,600 are scientists and engineers. AMRDEC conducts operations in approximately 1.7 million square feet of facilities. AMRDEC provides a wide array of technologies, hardware and software applications, and products and services that run the gamut from game-changing technologies to detect and destroy threats, enhance performance, lethality, survivability and reliability of aviation and missile systems, along with programs to miniaturize missile and aircraft components, provide modeling and simulation applications for these technologies and systems, and the associated training applications.

 

2016 DATES GRADE LEVEL
June 1 – July 29 High school or graduating 12th grade students, who must be at least 17 years of age on or before June 1 (with U.S. citizenry and a valid SSN)

APPLICATION WINDOW:
The AMRDEC SEAP application will be available January 1, 2016 – March 31, 2016.

The 2016 application is now CLOSED


 

ILLINOIS 

U.S. Army Engineer Research & Development Center – Construction Engineering Research Laboratory – Champaign, IL

The U.S. Army Engineer Research & Development Center – Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (ERDC-CERL), Champaign, IL. ERDC-CERL directs its research efforts toward increasing the Army’s 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. This helps CERL develop technologies for the Army’s current and future force while also benefitting the private and public sectors where no similar applications and capabilities exist. While 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.

 

2016 DATES GRADE LEVEL
June 6 – August 5 Rising 11th – graduating 12th

APPLICATION WINDOW:
The AERDC-CERL SEAP application will be available January 1, 2016 – March 31, 2016.

The 2016 application is now CLOSED

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U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center – Rock Island Arsenal, IL

The Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) located in Rock Island, IL, is an organizational element of the ECBC Home Base, which is part of the Army’s Research, Development and Engineering Command, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD.  ECBC fosters research, development, testing, and application of technologies for protecting our military from chemical-biological warfare.  ECBC’s missions include engineering support for agent detectors and warning systems, decontamination technologies, protective masks, and services in support of the nation’s demilitarization and homeland defense initiatives. ECBC performs functions that sustain the quality, reliability, and efficiency standards of products and services.  ECBC also performs industrial base program assessments and market research of critical sectors of national technology throughout the Department of Defense.

2016 DATES GRADE LEVEL
June 6 – July 29 Rising 9th – graduating 12th

APPLICATION WINDOW:
The ECBC-RI SEAP application will be available March 22, 2016 – April 8, 2016.

The 2016 application is now CLOSED.

 


 

MARYLAND

U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center – Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD

The Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC), located at Aberdeen Proving Ground, is the nation’s principle research, development and engineering center for non-medical chemical and biological defense.  The Center develops technology in the areas of detection, protection, and decontamination and provides support from basic research through technology development, engineering design, equipment evaluation, product support, sustainment, field operations and disposal.

The center’s mission is to be the nation’s provider of innovative solutions to counter weapons of mass destruction (WMD) threats with a vision of working toward a world free of WMD.

 

2016 DATES GRADE LEVEL
June 20 – August 12 Rising 9th – graduating 12th

APPLICATION WINDOW:

The ECBC-APG SEAP application will be available January 1, 2016 – March 31, 2016.

The 2016 application is now CLOSED

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U.S. Army Research Laboratory – Aberdeen Proving, MD

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s (ARL) portfolio is focused on maturing technologies for transition principally to the Research, Development, and Engineering Centers (RDECs), but also to other partners in the Army Transformation Program Executive Office/Program Managers (PEOs/PMs), the Army Test and Evaluation Center (ATEC), the Training & Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Battle Labs, the other services, and the private sector.

 

2016 DATES GRADE LEVEL
June 20 – August 12 Rising 9th – graduating 12th

APPLICATION WINDOW:
The ARL-APG SEAP application will be available January 1, 2016 – March 31, 2016.

The 2016 application is now CLOSED

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U.S. Army Research Laboratory – Adelphi, MD

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s (ARL) portfolio is focused on maturing technologies for transition principally to the Research, Development, and Engineering Centers (RDECs), but also to other partners in the Army Transformation Program Executive Office/Program Managers (PEOs/PMs), the Army Test and Evaluation Center (ATEC), the Training & Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Battle Labs, the other services, and the private sector.

 

2016 DATES GRADE LEVEL
June 20 – August 12 Rising 9th – graduating 12th

APPLICATION WINDOW:
The ARL-Adelphi SEAP application will be available January 1, 2016 – March 31, 2016.

The 2016 application is now CLOSED

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U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense – Aberdeen Proving Ground/Edgewood, MD

The United States Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (USAMRICD), located at Aberdeen Proving Ground, is the nation’s center of excellence for medical chemical defense. The Institute’s mission is to discover and develop medical products and knowledge solutions against chemical threats via research, education and training, and consultation. USAMRICD protects the warfighter through the development of antidote therapy, pretreatment measures, analytical methods, and improved management of casualties. USAMRICD also has responsibility for training health care professionals in the medical management of chemical casualties and for providing consultation services on all medical aspects of chemical warfare agents.

 

2016 DATES GRADE LEVEL
June 20- August 12 Rising 9th – graduating 12th

APPLICATION WINDOW:
The USAMRICD SEAP application will be available January 1, 2016 – March 31, 2016.

The 2016 application is now CLOSED

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U.S. Army Center for Environmental Health Medicine – Fort Detrick, MD

The Integrative Systems Biology Program is housed at the U.S. Army Center for Environmental Health Research (USACEHR), Fort Detrick, MD. The research efforts focus on problems of extreme military importance and apply global approaches to obtain an overarching view of the problem.   Our studies integrate exhaustive clinical findings with immune function, pathophysiology and global multi-molecular (omic) studies. As a result, our internships focus on global transcriptomics, epigenomics, proteomics, metabolomics and microbiomics using a range of state-of-art technologies.   Key is our integration teams which develop and apply bioinformatics tools. We exceptional senior high school students for participation in this program.

 

2016 DATES GRADE LEVEL
June 20 – August 12 Rising 10th – graduating 12th

APPLICATION WINDOW:
The USACEHR SEAP application will be available January 1, 2016 – March 31, 2016.

The 2016 application is now CLOSED

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U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases – Fort Detrick, MD

Since its inception in 1969, USAMRIID has spearheaded research to develop medical solutions—vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, and information—to protect our military service members from biological threats. USAMRIID’s specialized capabilities include Biosafety Level 3 and Level 4 laboratories, world-class expertise in the generation of biological aerosols for testing candidate vaccines and therapeutics, and fully accredited animal research facilities.

The outstanding national reputation of USAMRIID has been built over the years by numerous scientists and technical staff working to protect both military personnel and civilians from the threat of infectious diseases. USAMRIID participates in support of emerging disease investigations, working alongside colleagues from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. As a reference laboratory for the Department of Defense, USAMRIID sets the standard for identification of biological agents. Customers in the Army and the Department of Defense know USAMRIID as a “tech base” organization that has produced some 20 candidate medical products over the past decade. Still others recognize the impressive scientific credentials of the USAMRIID workforce, which represents some of the top infectious disease and biological defense experts in the nation—indeed, in the world.

 

2016 DATES GRADE LEVEL
June 20 – August 12 Rising 11th – graduating 12th (must be 17 years old by start date)

APPLICATION WINDOW:
The USAMRIID SEAP application will be available December 15, 2015 – March 15, 2016.

The 2016 application is now CLOSED


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U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command – Walter Reed Army Institute of Research – Silver Spring, MD

Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) has developed two modern Centers of Excellence—Infectious Disease Research and Military Psychiatry and Neuroscience Research. World-renowned scientists with expertise in comprehensive soldier fitness, brain injury, and sleep management make up the Center for Military Psychiatry and Neuroscience Research. The Center for Military Infectious Disease Research combines expertise in the development of vaccines and drugs for prevention and treatment of such diseases as malaria, HIV/AIDS, dengue fever, wound infections, leishmaniasis, enteric diseases and others.

 

2016 DATES GRADE LEVEL
June 20 – August 12 Rising 10th – graduating 12th

APPLICATION WINDOW:
The WRAIR SEAP application will be available December 15, 2015 – March 31, 2016.

The 2016 application is now CLOSED



 

MISSISSIPPI

U.S. Army Engineer Research & Development Center – Vicksburg, MS

The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, MS helps solve the nation’s most challenging problems in civil and military engineering, geospatial sciences, water resources, and environmental sciences for the Army, Department of Defense, civilian agencies, and our Nation’s public good. ERDC’s vision is to become the world’s premier public engineering and environmental sciences research and development organization.

As one of the most diverse engineering and scientific research organizations in the world, ERDC conducts research and development in support of the Soldier, military installations, and the Corps of Engineers’ civil works mission, as well as for other federal agencies, state and municipal authorities, and with U.S. industries through innovative work agreements. ERDC has a staff of approximately 2,500 federal employees and contractors, and an annual research program exceeding $1.6 billion in FY11.

 

2016 DATES GRADE LEVEL
June 6 – August 8 Rising 11th – graduating 12th

APPLICATION WINDOW:
The ERDC-MS SEAP application will be available January 1, 2016 – March 31, 2016.

The 2016 application is now CLOSED


 

VIRGINIA

U.S. Army Engineer Research & Development Center – Geospatial Research Laboratory – Alexandria, VA

The U.S. Army Engineer Research & Development Center – Topographic Engineering Center (ERDC-GRL), Alexandria, VA areas of focus are Terrain Analysis for Signal and Sensor Phenomenology, Geospatial Temporal Information Structure and Framework, GeoEnabled Mission Command, Geospatial Reasoning, Imagery and GeoData Sciences.

2016 DATES GRADE LEVEL
June 27 – August 12 Rising 11th – graduating 12th

APPLICATION WINDOW:
The ERDC-GRL SEAP application will be available January 1, 2016 – March 31, 2016.

The 2016 application is now CLOSED


 

CONTACT

For general program inquiries, contact:
The AEOP SEAP Team
Email: savery@aas-world.org
Phone: 603-228-4530