Silver Spring, MD


WRAIR GEMS invites middle and high school students to work alongside college-age mentors, called near-peer mentors, in a professional laboratory environment. During 10, one-week sessions free of charge, our students participate in a hands-on learning experience and gain exposure to the diversity of STEM fields and careers. Para español, haz clic aquí.

Students can apply for a one-week session during the summer in our biomedical or engineering programs at one of the following levels (Fall 2017 Grade Levels):

  • Beginning (7th-8th grade)
  • Intermediate (9th-10th grade)
  • Advanced (11th-12th grade)

Upon completion of the program, students earn a $100 stipend for their participation.

 Program Goals

The mission of GEMS is:

  • To increase interest, engagement, and performance in STEM for student participants.
  • To support STEM undergraduates and recent graduates in a research and education internship.
  • To bring experiential learning and mentorship to middle and high school students from underrepresented populations in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.


The Near-Peer Mentors

The GEMS near-peer mentor is typically a college-age mentor currently pursuing a career in a STEM field. Closer in age to our students, near-peer mentors share their scientific interests with the students, guide students in a hands-on exploration of science concepts, and develop meaningful connections throughout the week. In addition to a strong understanding of their science, near-peer mentors offer guidance in choosing high school courses, applying to college and scholarships, and adjusting to college-level academics.


The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research

Headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland, the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) is the oldest and most mission diverse biomedical research laboratory in the Department of Defense. WRAIR provides unique research capabilities and innovative solutions to a range of force health and readiness challenges currently facing U.S. Service Members, along with threats anticipated during future operations. With comprehensive research units in Africa, Asia, and the Caucasus region, WRAIR is comprised of two Centers of Excellence, the Center for Infectious Disease Research and the Center for Military Psychiatry and Neuroscience.


Apply Here! (Deadline is 15 February, 2018)



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