2020 GEMS - Fort Rucker, AL

The Army Educational Outreach Program’s (AEOP) Gains in the Education of Math and Science (GEMS) program is an extracurricular Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education program that provides rising fourth through eleventh grade students and teachers hands-on learning experiences in a U.S. Army laboratory environment. Participating students work alongside high school and college-aged Near-Peer Mentors (NPMs), Resource Teachers (RTs) and Army scientists and engineers in the summer months. NPMs and RTs serve in a mentor and educator capacity throughout the program, empowering and enabling students to conduct real-world STEM projects at a U.S. Army laboratory alongside U.S. Army scientists and engineers.

Army laboratory coordinators select program participants (students, RTs and NPMs) based on a centralized application process. All candidates must apply online in order to be considered for the program. All program participants must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Legal Residents and are eligible for an educational stipend. Participating students receive $100 per week. Selected NPMs and RTs receive a monthly summer payment based on their education and experience.

GEMS sessions (program level and topic, capacity, dates, age groups, etc.) may vary based on the Army site/location.

Please apply below and contact the U.S. Army GEMS Team at aeopgems@nsta.org with any questions about the application process.

For more information about Army-wide STEM programs and opportunities, please visit the AEOP website: http://www.usaeop.com.   


Application Details

Student Application Requirements

The USAARL GEMS Student application packet has three parts:

An Online Application
One GEMS Student Essay Form, including grade-level appropriate essay responses to two questions
One GEMS Student Recommendation Form, completed by a teacher/professor, a school administrator, a school counselor, a career counselor, an athletic coach, a troop leader, a previous employer, a professional mentor, etc.

Note: The online application, the GEMS Student Essay Form, and the GEMS Student Recommendation Form are required for all GEMS Student applicants. An application packet is not considered complete until all three components of the application are received.

  The deadline for the Student application packet is March 14, 2020. 

The online application, the GEMS Student Essay Form, and the GEMS Student Recommendation Form must be received by the application deadline, March 14, 2020. Only complete application packets received before or on March 14, 2020 are reviewed for program selection. Each applicant is given equal consideration for selection based on the individual merits of the applicant.

Application packets received after March 14, 2020 will be added to the waitlist and reviewed for program selection based on the availability of openings. Application packets will not be accepted after April 30, 2020.

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