GEMS program is a joint/collaborative effort among several organizations on APG, including the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s (CCDC) – U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command – Army Research Laboratory (CCDC-ARL), South and Army Futures Command.

The GEMS Summer Program in Austin, TX provides students who are entering 9th – 11th  grade in 2020 the opportunity to learn more about Army problems related to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for vehicles and STEM. Programs are free of charge. If you enjoy hands-on activities and want to learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and careers, apply to GEMS in Austin!

About the U.S. Army Research Laboratory-South

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory is the Army’s sole fundamental research laboratory focused on cutting-edge scientific discovery, technological innovation, and are happy to be hosting Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS) for the first time in Austin, TX!

Welcoming middle school students, our summer program exposes students to laboratory-based experiments and encourages the development of teamwork and leadership skills. It is a five day camp with hands-on experience and direct mentorship from Army researchers in the region.

Important Student Information

Beginner Course:
Students that will be entering the GEMS I Beginner are those entering 9th-11th grade and are welcome to apply for this GEMS program. This program offers students the opportunity to explore new pursuits in computer sciences and expand upon their current interests with unique hands-on experiences.

Eligibility Requirements
All participants must be United States Citizens. All participants are eligible for an educational stipend.

Information for Volunteers

Near-Peer Mentors work collaboratively with resource teachers, scientists and engineers to provide instruction and engage students in inquiry-based, hands-on lab activities related to Army’s Essential Research Programs (ERP’s). Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Experience working with students is preferred.

Important Dates

February 1, 2020
Student Application Opens

April 30, 2020
Student Application Closes

June 22-26, 2020
Program Dates

More Information

Potential applicants should start now in seeking out their two letters of recommendation from their teachers and/or counselors. Each letter should be descriptive of the students’ academic attributes. Send the letters of recommendation to the local program coordinator by April 30, 2020 via email. Ensure that all Letters of Recommendations are sent to:

Applicants will also need to prepare short essays on topics listed below. ***It is advisable to have written these essays into a word processing program so that you can cut and paste into the GEMS application.

– Please list the science activities in which you have participated; provide additional details on those you particularly enjoyed (no more than 3000 characters)

– Please describe your major academic, career and research areas of interests

Students will receive a $125 stipend for their participation upon completion of the program.

Interested in this program?

If you are interested in this program email us or call 1-800-807-9852. We'd love to hear from you!