WRAIR GEMS offers middle and high school students exciting opportunities to engage in hands-on STEM activities alongside college-age mentors, called near-peer mentors, in a professional laboratory environment.


The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research

Headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland, the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) is the oldest and most mission diverse biomedical research laboratory in the Department of Defense. WRAIR provides unique research capabilities and innovative solutions to a range of force health and readiness challenges currently facing U.S. Service Members, along with threats anticipated during future operations. With comprehensive research units in Africa, Asia, and the Caucasus region, WRAIR is comprised of two Centers of Excellence, the Center for Infectious Disease Research and the Center for Military Psychiatry and Neuroscience.



Information for Students

During the one-week sessions free of charge our students gain exposure to the diversity of STEM fields and careers.

Students can apply for a one-week session between June 10 – August 16, 2019 in our biomedical or engineering programs at one of the following levels (Fall 2019 Grade Levels):

  • Beginning (7th-8thgrade)
  • Intermediate (9th-10thgrade)
  • Advanced (11th-12thgrade)

Upon completion of the week-long session, students earn a $100 stipend for their participation.

(Information on sessions offered will be available in January).

Information for Near-Peer Mentor

The GEMS near-peer mentor is typically a college-age mentor currently pursuing a career in a STEM field. Closer in age to our students, near-peer mentors share their scientific interests with the students, guide students in a hands-on exploration of science concepts, and develop meaningful connections throughout the week. In addition to a strong understanding of their science, near-peer mentors offer guidance in choosing high school courses, applying to college and scholarships, and adjusting to college-level academics.


Completing the application and consents (including Terms and Conditions) DOES NOT guarantee acceptance.

Important Dates

Near-Peer Mentors and Resource Teachers application is now open

January 18, 2019
Student Application Opens

February 15, 2019
Near-Peer Mentors and Resource Teachers application Closes

Interested in this program?

If you are interested in this program email us or call 301-319-7129. We'd love to hear from you!