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Junior Solar Sprint (JSS)

Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) is a free educational program for 5th through 8th grade students where students design, build and race solar powered cars using hands-on engineering skills and principles of science and math. Students develop teamwork and problem solving abilities, investigate environmental issues, and gain hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills to create the fastest, most interesting, and best crafted vehicle possible. JSS is designed to support the instruction of STEM in categories such as alternative fuels, engineering design, and aerodynamics. Students who are part of a registered Technology Student Association (TSA) chapter or who compete at an approved Army host site are eligible to compete in JSS. Teams must follow the official TSA middle school competition rules when competing in JSS.

The competition has been managed by the AEOP for more than 10 years, and has been administered by TSA since 2011. JSS is now an official middle school level TSA competitive event.

USAMRDC supports a variety of JSS events across the country. To get started at your school for free, click the "learn more" button below.

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Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS)

Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS) is an extracurricular summer STEM education program, which enables students to experience science in a real laboratory setting. The program is based on a multi-disciplinary educational curriculum, and is focused on age- and grade-appropriate hands-on activities, in areas such as science, engineering, mathematics, computational sciences, computational biology, biomedical sciences, chemistry and biology. The GEMS program is a free educational opportunity for students currently in 4th-11th grade (age requirements vary by site).

Applications typically open in January of each year and close mid-Spring.

Each USAMRDC Subordinate Command hosts a different GEMS program that focuses on their commands strengths and expertise. Use the links below to learn more about each program and apply.

USAMRDC's Ft. Detrick's Program - Frederick, MD
WRAIR - Silver Spring, MD
USAARL - Fort Rucker, AL
USARIEM - Natick, MA
USAMRICD - Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
USAISR - Fort Sam Houston, TX

Camp Invention

For kindergarten through sixth graders, Camp Invention is an exciting, week-long summer adventure with activities that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Throughout the week, children rotate through various modules that encourage them to work together, seek solutions to real-world problems and sharpen critical 21st century skills. Camps are held at local schools all across the country. To find a location near you, click the "learn more" button below.

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Junior Solar Sprint (JSS)

Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) is a free educational program for 5th through 8th grade students where students design, build and race solar powered cars using hands-on engineering skills and principles of science and math. Students develop teamwork and problem solving abilities, investigate environmental issues, and gain hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills to create the fastest, most interesting, and best crafted vehicle possible. JSS is designed to support the instruction of STEM in categories such as alternative fuels, engineering design, and aerodynamics. Students who are part of a registered Technology Student Association (TSA) chapter or who compete at an approved Army host site are eligible to compete in JSS. Teams must follow the official TSA middle school competition rules when competing in JSS.

The competition has been managed by the AEOP for more than 10 years, and has been administered by TSA since 2011. JSS is now an official middle school level TSA competitive event.

USAMRDC supports a variety of JSS events across the country. To get started at your school for free, click the "learn more" button below.

Learn more

Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS)

Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS) is an extracurricular summer STEM education program, which enables students to experience science in a real laboratory setting. The program is based on a multi-disciplinary educational curriculum, and is focused on age- and grade-appropriate hands-on activities, in areas such as science, engineering, mathematics, computational sciences, computational biology, biomedical sciences, chemistry and biology. The GEMS program is a free educational opportunity for students currently in 4th-11th grade (age requirements vary by site).

Applications typically open in January of each year and close mid-Spring.

Each USAMRDC Subordinate Command hosts a different GEMS program that focuses on their commands strengths and expertise. Use the links below to learn more about each program and apply.

USAMRDC's Ft. Detrick's Program - Frederick, MD
WRAIR - Silver Spring, MD
USAARL - Fort Rucker, AL
USARIEM - Natick, MA
USAMRICD - Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
USAISR - Fort Sam Houston, TX

eCybermission

For sixth to ninth grade students, eCYBERMISSION is a web-based STEM competition that enables all students to recognize real-life applications of STEM. Teams of three or four students are instructed to ask questions (for science) or define problems (for engineering), and then construct explanations (for science) or design solutions (for engineering) based on identified problems in their community. Students compete for State, Regional, and National awards.

How to Compete

  • Create Your Team
  • Identify a Problem in Your Community
  • Work Together to Explore the Problem
  • Share Your Findings & Win Prizes

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Science and Engineering Apprentice Program (SEAP)

The Science and Engineering Apprentice Program (SEAP) matches practicing DoD scientists with talented high school students in grades 10th, 11th, and 12th, creating a direct mentor-student relationship that provides students with training that is unparalleled at most high schools. SEAP participants receive first-hand research experience and exposure to Department of Defense laboratories. SEAP fosters desire in its participants to pursue further training and careers in STEM.

SEAP students work with their mentors, Army scientists and engineers, to gain "hands-on" experience in a professional research setting – where students are treated as research assistants rather than teenagers. SEAP provides students with the opportunity to learn how STEM research can benefit the Army as well as the civilian community. Students gain a broader view of their STEM field of interest and learn what kind of work awaits them in their future career. At the end of the SEAP apprenticeship, students prepare and present final reports based on their research experience. All SEAP students who successfully complete their apprenticeship are awarded an educational stipend.

The following USAMRDC Subordinate Commands will host SEAP students for the summer of 2020. Applications open November 2020, for the following summer.

U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases- Fort Detrick, MD
Walter Reed Army Institute of Research - Silver Spring, MD
U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense - Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD

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The Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS)

The Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) is a national research competition that promotes research and experimentation in science, engineering and mathematics at the high school level. The program is designed to inform, encourage and support future scientists and engineers. High school students may apply to compete for scholarships and recognition by presenting the results of their STEM projects before a panel of judges and an audience of their peers. Opportunities for hands-on workshops, panel discussions, career exploration, research lab visits and networking benefit participating students. JSHS regional symposia are held at 48 nationwide university campuses and serve students in the 50 states, Puerto Rico, DoDEA Dependent Schools Pacific and Europe, and the DoD Dependents Schools, Europe and the Pacific.

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Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS)

Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS) is an extracurricular summer STEM education program, which enables students to experience science in a real laboratory setting. The program is based on a multi-disciplinary educational curriculum, and is focused on age- and grade-appropriate hands-on activities, in areas such as science, engineering, mathematics, computational sciences, computational biology, biomedical sciences, chemistry and biology. The GEMS program is a free educational opportunity for students currently in 4th-11th grade (age requirements vary by site).

Applications typically open in January of each year and close mid-Spring.

Each USAMRDC Subordinate Command hosts a different GEMS program that focuses on their commands strengths and expertise. Use the links below to learn more about each program and apply.

USAMRDC's Ft. Detrick's Program - Frederick, MD
WRAIR - Silver Spring, MD
USAARL - Fort Rucker, AL
USARIEM - Natick, MA
USAMRICD - Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
USAISR - Fort Sam Houston, TX

Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS) Assistant Near Peer

GEMS Assistant Near Peers are students in grades 11th and 12th who have successfully completed at least one of the upper level GEMS courses and/or are enrolled in specialized biomedical or STEM technical curriculum via their high school.

GEMS Assistant Near Peers, assist college students (Near Peers) during a 4 week internship (length of time may vary by location). Assistant Near Peers (ANPs) are expected to be leaders in their classroom that can demonstrate responsibility, organization and presentation skills. ANPs will participate in a training week along with the Near Peer Mentors and Army Scientists and Engineers. Throughout the week, they will hone their laboratory techniques and learn new curriculum. ANPs are expected to be able to teach/ assist with curriculum as well as prep labs for the day without major supervision.

ANPs should be familiar with one or more of the following topics:

  • DNA Analysis
  • Robotics
  • Block Coding
  • Python
  • Blood Typing
  • Micro Pipetting
  • Electrophoresis

Applications typically open in October of each year and close mid-December. Selected applicants will be interviewed by the Lab Coordinator.

Each USAMRDC Subordinate Command hosts a different GEMS program that focuses on their commands strengths and expertise. Use the links below to learn more about each program and apply.

USAMRDC's Ft. Detrick's Program - Frederick, MD
WRAIR - Silver Spring, MD
USAARL - Fort Rucker, AL
USARIEM - Natick, MA
USAMRICD - Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
USAISR - Fort Sam Houston, TX

Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Serving Institutions (HBCU/MI) Summer Research Program

The DoD HBCU/MI Summer Research Program aims to increase the number of minority scientists and engineers throughout the Department of Defense. The initiative encourages students in STEM disciplines, guides them toward advanced studies, and prepares them for careers in science and engineering fields important to the defense mission. Motivated students, both undergraduate and graduate, are placed for a 10-week research experience at DoD facilities across the nation. Under the supervision of DoD scientists and engineers, students conduct research relevant to the defense mission.

The following USAMRDC Subordinate Commands will host HBCU/MI students for the summer of 2020, starting June 1st. Applications for summer only internships open October 2020, for the following summer.

  • U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases ( USAMRIID) - Fort Detrick, MD
  • Walter Reed Army Institute of Research ( WRAIR) - Silver Spring, MD
  • U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense ( USAMRICD) - Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
  • U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory ( USAARL) - Fort Rucker, AL
  • U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine ( USARIEM) - Natick, MA
  • U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research (USAISR) - Fort Sam Houston, TX

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Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)

The Strategic Planning Office also serves as a facilitator for the Command on utilization of the Department of Energy, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) partnership to support science education and research. ORISE facilitates collaboration between academia and DOE to advance scientific research and education, coordination, and execution of cooperative research jointly funded by DOE and universities or industry allowing university faculty, students, and industrial researchers to conduct research at and with the unique scientific facilities of DOE or others.

To search for USAMRDC specific opportunities, simply type "MRMC" into the search bar. Internship application dates vary widely by laboratory, so check back often.

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College Qualified Leaders (CQL)

College Qualified Leaders (CQL) matches practicing DoD scientists with talented undergraduate students creating a direct mentor-student relationship, providing participants with training that is unparalleled at most colleges. CQL students receive firsthand research experience and exposure to DoD laboratories. CQL fosters desire in its participants to pursue further training and careers in STEM. Selected participants may participate year-round or for the summer only.

The following USAMRDC Subordinate Commands will host CQL students for the summer of 2020. Applications for summer only internships open November 2020, for the following summer.
  • U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases - Fort Detrick, MD
  • Walter Reed Army Institute of Research - Silver Spring, MD
  • U.S. Army Center for Environmental Health Research - Silver Spring and Fort Detrick, MD
  • U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense - Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD

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Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS) Near Peer Mentor

Looking for a summer internship opportunity that allows you to work alongside Army Research Scientists and make amazing career connections while giving back to your community? Apply to be a GEMS Near Peer Mentor.

Near-Peer Mentors work collaboratively with resource teachers, USAMRDC scientists, and engineers to provide instruction and to engage with students in inquiry-based, hands-on lab activities. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Prior to the scheduled day camps, Near-Peer Mentors will receive training and collaborate with the primary instructors. During the day camp, Near-Peer Mentors will interact with middle and high school participants full time by assisting and/or leading task assignments to include: laboratory experiments, coding, and robotics.

Near Peer Mentors should be STEM or education majors that are familiar with one or more of the following topics:

  • DNA Analysis
  • Robotics
  • Block Coding
  • Python
  • Blood Typing
  • Micro Pipetting
  • Electrophoresis
  • Experience tutoring, working as a camp counselor, babysitting, troop leader, sports coach, etc is preferred

Applications typically open in October of each year and close mid-December. Selected applicants will be interviewed by the Lab Coordinator and receive a stipend based on experience and grade level in college.

Each USAMRDC Subordinate Command hosts a different GEMS program that focuses on their commands strengths and expertise. Use the links below to learn more about each program and apply.

USAMRDC's Ft. Detrick's Program - Frederick, MD
WRAIR - Silver Spring, MD
USAARL - Fort Rucker, AL
USARIEM - Natick, MA
USAMRICD - Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
USAISR - Fort Sam Houston, TX

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Junior Solar Sprint (JSS)

Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) is a free educational program for 5th through 8th grade students where students design, build and race solar powered cars using hands-on engineering skills and principles of science and math. Students develop teamwork and problem solving abilities, investigate environmental issues, and gain hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills to create the fastest, most interesting, and best crafted vehicle possible. JSS is designed to support the instruction of STEM in categories such as alternative fuels, engineering design, and aerodynamics. Students who are part of a registered Technology Student Association (TSA) chapter or who compete at an approved Army host site are eligible to compete in JSS. Teams must follow the official TSA middle school competition rules when competing in JSS.

The competition has been managed by the AEOP for more than 10 years, and has been administered by TSA since 2011. JSS is now an official middle school level TSA competitive event.

USAMRDC supports a variety of JSS events across the country. To get started at your school for free, click the "learn more" button below.

Learn more

Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS)

Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS) is an extracurricular summer STEM education program, which enables students to experience science in a real laboratory setting. The program is based on a multi-disciplinary educational curriculum, and is focused on age- and grade-appropriate hands-on activities, in areas such as science, engineering, mathematics, computational sciences, computational biology, biomedical sciences, chemistry and biology. The GEMS program is a free educational opportunity for students currently in 4th-11th grade (age requirements vary by site).

Applications typically open in January of each year and close mid-Spring.

Each USAMRDC Subordinate Command hosts a different GEMS program that focuses on their commands strengths and expertise. Use the links below to learn more about each program and apply.

USAMRDC's Ft. Detrick's Program - Frederick, MD
WRAIR - Silver Spring, MD
USAARL - Fort Rucker, AL
USARIEM - Natick, MA
USAMRICD - Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
USAISR - Fort Sam Houston, TX

Camp Invention

For kindergarten through sixth graders, Camp Invention is an exciting, week-long summer adventure with activities that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Throughout the week, children rotate through various modules that encourage them to work together, seek solutions to real-world problems and sharpen critical 21st century skills. Camps are held at local schools all across the country. To find a location near you, click the "learn more" button below.

Learn more

Last Modified Date: 3 April 2020