The GEMS Summer Program in Vicksburg-HQ provides students who are going into 8th through 11th grade in 2020 the opportunity to learn more about 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 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 1 at ERDC Headquarters

Students entering 8th to 9th grade in the 2020 school year may attend this one week program in an Army laboratory to learn science and engineering technical skills. GEMS 1 at HQ builds on the experiences the students have at GEMS 1, AOI. Topics include hydrology, chemistry, robotics, and geo sciences.

GEMS 2 at ERDC Headquarters

Students entering 9th to 11th attend for one week in an 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.

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.

Important Dates

February 18, 2020
Students, NPMS and RTs registration opens

April 30, 2020
Students, NPMS and RTs registration closes

June 8-12, 2020
GEMS I: ERDC- Vicksburg

June 15-19, 2020
GEM II: ERDC- NEW Additive Materials/3D Printing

July 6-10, 2020
GEMS II: ERDC- NEW Deep Dive: Biology and Forensic Science

July 13-17, 2020
GEMS II: ERDC- Vicksburg

More Information

Students will receive a $125 stipend for their participation upon completion of the program.

Interested in this program?

If you are interested in this program call Ginny Dickerson at 601-634-4261. We'd love to hear from you!

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