The GEMS Summer Program in San Antonio provides students who are going into 6th through 12th grades in 2019 the opportunity to learn more about Army medical science 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 San Antonio!

About the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research

The United States Army Institute of Surgical Research will be hosting our 8th year of Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS): Science Camp for Middle and High School this summer. Yes — High School.  We will be hosting our 5th year of GEMS II Intermediate, formerly known as Advanced. This will be our 2nd year conducting a GEMS III (The New Advanced for 11th and 12th Grade students). Every program is laboratory-based and provides every student with an opportunity to participate in scientific experiments, and exposes students to classic experiments and trains them in laboratory, teamwork, and leadership skills. It is a four-day camp with three sessions to choose from.

Beginner Course

Students that will be entering the GEMS I Beginner are those entering the 6-8th grades and are welcome to apply for this GEMS program. This program offers students the opportunity to explore new pursuits in the life sciences and expand upon their current interests with unique hands-on experiences.

Intermediate Course

A new Intermediate course, formerly the Advanced Course is for High School rising- 9th and 10th graders. This program offers students the opportunity to explore new pursuits in the life sciences and expand upon their current interests with unique hands-on experiences.

Advanced Course

The New Advanced Course if for High School 11th and 12th Graders. This program offers students the opportunity to expand on their current interests with unique hands-on experiences initiated by the students themselves.  The course will incorporate teamwork and leadership skills as well as educational and career strategies.

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 USAISR’s research areas. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Experience working with students is preferred.

Important Dates

April 30
Registration Deadline

June 17-20
Session 1, All courses

June 24-27
Session 2, All courses

July 8-11
Session 3 All courses

More Information

Potential applicants should start now in seeking out their 2 letters of recommendation from their teachers and or counselors. Each letter should be descriptive of the students’ academic attributes, noting their GPA. Send the letters of recommendation to the local program coordinator by 30 APR via email.

The projected deadline is 30 APR 2019. Ensure that all Letters of Recommendations are sent by this date to email address:

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 $100 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!