The USAARL GEMS program engages rising 4th through 11th grade students in hands‐on, inquiry‐based experiments and nurtures students’ interest in STEM career fields. USAARL’s GEMS program aims to reach students who are from southeast Alabama and who are historically underserved or underrepresented in STEM.


Since 2011, the USAARL GEMS program has provided STEM education to over 1000 students from Fort Rucker, Enterprise, Ozark, Daleville, Dothan, and other local communities. Each year the program has grown in both the modules offered and the number of students who complete the program.


Planetary — investigation of the fields of geology, oceanography, and meteorology (4th-5th graders)

Neuroscience — exploration of the five senses (hearing, sight, taste, smell, and touch) to learn about the brain and neurological processes (6th-7th graders)

Biochemistry — experimentation in challenging chemistry, biology, and biochemistry (8th-9th graders)

Nanotechnology — creation, examination, and manipulation of materials and matter on an atomic, molecular, and supramolecular scale (10th-11th graders)

Important Dates

November 14, 2019
Near-Peer Mentor and Resource Teacher Application opens

December 6, 2019
Near-Peer Mentor and Resource Teacher Application deadline

Mid-January 2020
Student Application Opens

March 14, 2020
Student Application Deadline

April 30, 2020
Waitlist Application Deadline

June 15 - 19, 2020
Session 1

June 22 - 26, 2020
Session 2

July 6 - 10, 2020
Session 3

July 13 - 17, 2020
Session 4

More Information

Sessions are Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 3:30.

Recommendation and essay forms can be found at

Interested in this program?

If you are interested in this program email us or call 1-334-255-6907 or 1-334-255-6067. We'd love to hear from you!