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Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS) is an Army-sponsored, summer STEM enrichment program for middle and high school students that takes place in participating Army research laboratories and engineering centers. GEMS’ mission is to interest young people, who might not otherwise give serious thought to becoming scientists or engineers, in STEM careers early enough that they have the time to attain the appropriate academic training. The program is based on a multi-disciplinary educational curriculum, and is focused on age and grade-appropriate hands-on activities, in areas such as science, engineering, mathematics, computational sciences, computational biology, biomedical sciences, chemistry and biology.

You'll Get To...

  • work with other students your age to explore STEM topics that are related to current, cutting-edge U.S. Army research
  • work beside college students that are pursuing STEM careers
  • learn about STEM in a hands-on, lab-based environment – no textbooks
  • there’s no fee to participate, and we issue a small stipend to cover some of your costs
  • meet students, teachers, scientists and engineers who live and work near you

Eligibility

  • Rising 5th through 12th graders are eligible.
  • Participants must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent legal residents.

More Information

All students who are selected and successfully participate in GEMS qualify for an educational stipend ($100 per week) to offset any cost to the student or family to participate (travel and food).

Information for Volunteers

GEMS relies heavily on U.S. Army Scientists and Engineers to enhance curriculum, promote STEM careers and interact with students. If you have an interest in volunteering, please contact your local program coordinator or contact aeopgems@nsta.org for help finding a program near you.

GEMS recruits local teachers to guide curriculum, manipulate research areas into grade-appropriate topics, and represent educational standards for student safety, health and behavior. Apply to participate as a Resource Teacher (RT) using the map below. RT participants receive a fixed-rate stipend based on experience and education level.

GEMS recruits college and high-school students of STEM to guide student discussion and serve as role models. Apply to participate as a Near-peer Mentor (NPM) using the map below. NPM are offered a fixed-rate stipend based on experience and education level.

Important Dates

November - December
Near Peer Mentor (NPM) and Resource Teacher (RT) applications open

January
Near Peer Mentors and Resource Teachers interview and begin security clearance process

January - February
Student participants application opens (exact dates vary by site)

March – April
Student application deadline

April – May
Applications reviewed & participants selected

May
Selected students notified

June – August
Students participate in GEMS program (length and dates vary by location)

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!

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    Program Locations

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    Ft. Rucker, AL
    Fort Rucker, AL
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    U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Research, Development & Engineering Center
    Huntsville, AL
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    Yuma Proving Ground, AZ
    Yuma, AZ
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    Playa Vista, CA
    Playa Vista, CA
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    Orlando, FL
    Orlando, FL
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    Champaign, IL
    Champaign, IL
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    Frederick, MD
    Frederick, MD
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    Silver Spring, MD
    Silver Spring, MD
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    Adelphi, MD
    Adelphi, MD
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    Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
    Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
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    Natick, MA
    Natick, MA
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    Vicksburg, MS
    Vicksburg, MS
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    Picatinny, NJ
    Picatinny, NJ
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    White Sands Missile Range, NM
    New Mexico, NM
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    San Antonio, TX
    San Antonio, TX
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