The WRAIR GEMS offers middle and high school students an exciting platform to engage in hands-on STEM activities that are designed to stimulate inquiry-based thinking, scientific skills, and interest in STEM careers. Rising 7th – 12th graders will have the opportunity to explore STEM in a sophisticated laboratory setting and learn about STEM careers under the guidance of college-level mentors called Near-Peer Mentors (NPMs).

*COVID-19 UPDATE: WRAIR GEMS will be on a digital platform this summer.
We are excited to offer e-GEMS for middle and high school students for the summer of 2020. Rising 7th -12th graders will have the opportunity to explore STEM from their homes and learn about STEM careers under the guidance of college-level mentors called Near-Peer Mentors (NPMs), via web-based educational modules.

Application deadline extended to May 15.

Continuing the tradition of GEMS, e-GEMS will offer an exciting platform to engage in hands-on STEM activities designed to stimulate inquiry-based thinking, scientific skills, and interest in STEM careers.

We are working on changes to the format and sessions. Please check back for updates.  We will also be sending out e-mails to all registrants once we have finalized details of e-GEMS.

There is no cost to participate in eGEMS. Upon completion, students are eligible to receive stipend of $125.

(Please note: We have not made changes to the application for eGEMS.  If you have registered for GEMS at WRAIR or Montgomery College, you do not have to re-apply. New registrants will have to choose either Biomedical at WRAIR or Biomedical or Engineering at Montgomery College at the appropriate level in order to submit the application).

Information for Near-Peer Mentor

(Applications for NPMS now open)

The GEMS NPM is typically a college undergraduate or a HS senior. Closer in age to our students, NPMs share their STEM interests with the students, guide students in a hands-on exploration of STEM concepts, and develop meaningful connections throughout the week. In addition to a strong understanding of the STEM content, NPMs offer guidance in choosing high school courses, applying to college and scholarships, and adjusting to college-level academics. NPMs receive stipends based on their educational level.

Information for Students

(Applications open January 15, 2020) *Session dates listed under Important Dates!

Students can apply for a one-week session between June 15 – August 10, 2020 in our biomedical or engineering programs at one of the following levels (Fall 2020 Grade Levels):

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

Important Dates

November 15, 2019
Near-Peer Mentor and Resource Teacher applications open

January 15, 2020
Student applications open

February 15, 2020
Near-Peer Mentor and Resource Teacher applications close

May 15, 2020
DEADLINE EXTENDED: Student application closes

June 15 - 19, 2020
Biomedical (WRAIR) Intermediate/Advanced Session

June 22-25, 2020
Biomedical (MC) Beginning/Intermediate Session
Engineering (MC) Advanced Session

June 22 - 26, 2020
Biomedical (WRAIR) Advanced Session

June 29 - July 2, 2020
Biomedical (WRAIR) Beginning Session
Biomedical (MC) Beginning/Intermediate Session
Engineering (MC) Beginning Session

July 7 - 10, 2020
*Session starts on Tuesday

Biomedical (WRAIR) Beginning Session
Biomedical (MC) Beginning/Intermediate Session
Engineering (MC) Beginning Session

July 13-16, 2020
Biomedical (MC) Beginning/Intermediate Session
Engineering (MC) Intermediate Session

July 13 - 17, 2020
Biomedical (WRAIR) Intermediate Session

July 20-23, 2020
Biomedical (MC) Beginning/Intermediate Session
Engineering (MC) Intermediate/Advanced Session

July 20 - 24, 2020
Biomedical (WRAIR) Intermediate/Advanced Session

July 27 - 30, 2020
Biomedical (WRAIR) Beginning Session
Biomedical (MC) Beginning/Intermediate Session
Engineering (MC) Beginning Session

August 3-6, 2020
Biomedical (MC) Beginning/Intermediate Session
Engineering (MC) Intermediate Session

August 3 - 7, 2020
Biomedical (WRAIR) Intermediate Session

August 10 - 13, 2020
Biomedical (WRAIR) Beginning Session
Biomedical (MC) Beginning/Intermediate Session
Engineering (MC) Advanced Session

More Information

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.

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!

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