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Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science

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                      Near-Peer Mentors & Resource Teachers

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Many GEMS sites utilize Near-Peer Mentors and Resource Teachers to provide instruction and mentorship to program participants.

Near-Peer Mentors
Near-Peer Mentors (NPM) help to develop, explain, and execute each teaching module in the GEMS Program. NPM are college students from all STEM fields and education-related majors. These mentors are closer in age than the traditional teacher and create a more relaxed atmosphere for learning. The responsibilities of a NPM are to be role models to the students, promote interest in high-level science and math classes, and act as expert resources concerning college life and career pathways. NPMs are selected for their technical experience, attitude and teaching skills. Their inclusion in the GEMS program is integral to enhancing each and every GEMS participant’s learning and achievement.

NPMs are utilized at the following sites.


2014 GEMS NPM Sites

• U.S. Armed Forces Medical Examiner System (AFMES) – Dover Air Force Base, DE
• U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory (USAARL) – Fort Rucker, AL
• U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Research, Development & Engineering Center (AMRDEC) – Redstone Arsenal, AL
• U.S. Army Engineer Research & Development Center (ERDC) - Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) – Champaign, IL
• U.S. Army Engineer Research & Development Center (ERDC) - Vicksburg, MS
• U.S. Army Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM) – Natick, MA
• U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research (USAISR) – San Antonio, TX
• U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) - Fort Detrick – Fort Detrick, MD
• U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC)- Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) – Silver Spring, MD
• U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (USAMRICD) – Aberdeen Proving Grounds-Edgewood, MD
• U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) – Adelphi, MD
• U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) – White Sands Missile Range, NM


Resource Teachers
Current K-12 Teachers may apply for a GEMS Resource Teacher (RT) internship. Typically RTs are licensed teachers within the public school/state system that currently teaches middle or high school students in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. RTs are responsible for daily supervision of the NPMs, students and the maintenance of the lab. They provide guidance on all experimental activities and need to be present for the duration of the program.

RTs are utilized at the following sites. Program dates (subject to change) and application information are noted.

2014 GEMS RT Sites
• U.S. Armed Forces Medical Examiner System (AFMES) – Dover Air Force Base, DE
• U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory (USAARL) – Fort Rucker, AL
• U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Research, Development & Engineering Center (AMRDEC) – Redstone Arsenal, AL
• U.S. Army Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM) – Natick, MA
• U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research (USAISR) – San Antonio, TX
• U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) - Fort Detrick – Fort Detrick, MD
• U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) - Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) – Silver Spring, MD
• U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (USAMRICD) – Aberdeen Proving Grounds-Edgewood, MD
• U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) – Adelphi, MD
• U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) – White Sands Missile Range, NM


Questions about the GEMS Near-Peer Mentor or Resource Teacher positions should be directed to the Army GEMS Help-Desk by email armygems@asee.org or by toll-free phone at 855-592-3556.