GEMS 2024 Summer Program
The Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS) Summer Program hosted by the U.S. Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory at the University of San Antonio (UTSA) in San Antonio, TX, provides rising 9th – 12th grade students the opportunity to interact with scientists and engineers to explore essential research areas related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and careers.  If you enjoy hands-on activities and want to learn more about STEM topics and careers, apply to GEMS-UTSA!

ARL-UTSA GEMS participants will engage in hands-on activities, work in collaborative groups and interact with scientists and engineers to explore electronics warfare and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) careers.


GEMS III: Students entering grades 9th – 12th will delve into the realm of electronic warfare in a one-week interactive STEM program.  Join us for an exhilarating week of hands-on learning, where participants will delve into the essentials of Cybersecurity, Military Information Systems, and participate in real-world simulations. Students will learn to master cutting-edge tools and collaborate with STEM experts to improve their skills.

More Information

  1. GEMS is free of charge.
  2. Student Session: One-Week, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (ET)
  3. Students must attend the whole program week to receive the educational stipend. No exceptions.

Information for Volunteers

Near-Peer Mentors
Near-Peer Mentors work collaboratively with teachers, scientists, and engineers to provide instruction and engage students in inquiry-based, hands-on lab activities related to ARL’s and UTSA’s essential research programs. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and at be least 16 years old to apply. Experience working with students is preferred.

More Information: 

  1. Near-Peer Mentor Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (ET)
  2. Near-Peer Mentors must attend the mandatory orientation and the entire program week. No exceptions.

Important Dates

February 27, 2024
Student, Near-Peer Mentor, and Teacher Applications Open

June 3, 2024
Teacher Applications Close

June 10, 2024
Student and Near-Peer Mentor Applications Close

June 3- 7, 2024
Staff Orientation

June 10 - 14, 2024
GEMS Program for High School Students

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!