The GEMS Summer Program in Vicksburg-HQ provides students who are going into 8th through 11th grade in 2022 the opportunity to learn more about U.S. Army engineering 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 Vicksburg!
About the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development Center
The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, MS helps solve the nation’s most challenging problems in civil and military engineering, geospatial sciences, water resources, and environmental sciences for the U.S. Army, Department of Defense, civilian agencies, and our Nation’s public good. ERDC’s vision is to become the world’s premier public engineering and environmental sciences research and development organization.
Information for Students
GEMS I at ERDC Headquarters
Students entering 8th to 9th grade in 2021 may attend this one week program in an U.S. Army laboratory to learn science and engineering technical skills. GEMS I at HQ builds on the experiences the students have at GEMS I, AOI. Topics include hydrology, chemistry, robotics, and geo sciences.
GEMS II at ERDC Headquarters
Students entering 9th to 11th in 2022 attend for one week in an U.S. Army laboratory to learn science and engineering technical skills. These students will have opportunities in future years to build upon their prior experience in the GEMS program.
*NOTE: There will be NO stipends for students who participate in GEMS HQ virtually in summer 2022.
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 ERDC’s research areas. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Experience working with students is preferred.
Near-Peer Mentor and Resource Teacher Application
Interested in This Program?
If you are interested in this program contact Ginny Dickerson by email. We'd love to hear from you!