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.

*NOTE: There will be no stipends for students who participate in GEMS virtually in summer 2021. 

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

Coming soon
Application Timeline

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!