Student Opportunities

Grades 6-8:

eCYBERMISSION is a web-based science, math and technology competition for 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade teams. The team proposes a solution to a real problem in their local community and competes for regional and national awards. eCYBERMISSION challenges students to explore how science, math and technology work in our world. To learn more about eCYBERMISSION visit

Science, Technology and Research Students (STARS), a program for junior high school students', seeks to identify academically promising, usually minority students, who might not otherwise choose careers in science and engineering, and acquaint them with opportunities in the science and engineering fields. The program also encourages students to take math and science courses in high school. STARS consists of many components: a series of field trips which include lectures and hands-on learning activities, three-day workshops in which students construct an electronic device or mechanical model, such as a solar powered car or hovercraft, or participate in an actual science enrichment course work given on campus at the George Washington University. For more information visit

Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS) Students spend at least one week during the summer at U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Adelphi or Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), Maryland, and receive $100 for each week attended. Over 105 middle school students participate in summer programs in robotics, solar car, composite materials, polymer science and computer science. For more information or to register online, visit

Grades 9-12:

Science and Engineering Apprentice Program (SEAP) is a Department of Defense sponsored summer Science and Engineering Apprentice Program that provides students with invaluable experience and exposure to the world of scientific research. The program offers apprenticeships to high school students interested in science and engineering. The students are assigned to a participating laboratory to pursue scientific experiences with a scientist or engineer who serves as mentor to the apprentice for eight continuous weeks. Students will be selected on the basis of grades, science and mathematics courses taken, scores on national standardized tests, hobbies, areas of interest, teacher recommendations, and personal student statement. To learn more about SEAP visit

Research and Engineering Apprentice Program (REAP) This high school initiative places particular emphasis on students from historically under represented groups, and motivates students toward a career in science, mathematics, or technology by providing them with challenging science experiences that are not readily available in high school. Students receive hands-on experience during the summer months in an actual research environment at a local university with research investigators. Approximately 40 universities are involved in REAP and 95 high school internships are awarded through ARL. For more information or to apply online, go to

Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) is an annual high school science competition designed to encourage and develop oral presentation skills and the ethical conduct of original research. JSHS awards scholarships to highly talented students from across the nation. ARL scientists and engineers serve as judges in the Maryland regional competition, provide students with mission related research topics, and provide national winners with summer internships. To learn more, visit the JSHS website at

Uninitiates’ Introduction to Engineering (UNITE) Program provides high school students with the opportunity to participate in college-structured summer courses that feature hands-on applications, participation in lectures, problem solving techniques, and tours of private and governmental laboratory and engineering facilities. Students receive classroom instruction in courses such as chemistry, physics, algebra, and calculus. They are introduced to math and science applications and how these applications are applied to real-world situations. The students are also shown how these applications are related to careers in engineering and technology. The UNITE program is designed to support social and economically disadvantaged high school students. For more information visit UNITE website at

For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) is a high school robotics team competition that combines the spirit of an athletic competition with an engineering challenge to help high school students discover how interesting and rewarding the life of engineers and researchers can be. Teams plan, design, prototype and build a robot and then compete in an engineering challenge that looks like a high-tech sporting event. For more information, visit the FIRST website at

Materials World Modules (MWM) activity encourages students to apply science and math concepts in the context of real-world application and provides innovative science, mathematics, and engineering instructional tools for teachers. Educational kits are provided to teachers in Harford County, MD, and Washington, DC. ARL scientists and engineers mentor teachers and assist in kit use and curriculum development. For more information, contact the ARL Outreach Program Manager at

College Students:

Science and Engineering Apprentice Program - College Qualified Leaders (SEAP-CQL) is a Department of Defense sponsored summer Science and Engineering Apprentice Program that provides students with invaluable experience and exposure to the world of scientific research. The objective of this program is to give SEAP mentors the opportunity to continue their association with the same SEAP student during the student's college years. The program also allows for undergraduate students with no prior experience in SEAP to participate in the program. Participants also serve as "guides" during the summer to the high school apprentices at the same facility and participate in the closing session at the University. To learn more about SEAP-CQL visit

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) - Undergraduate, graduate and doctorate students. Enhances professional development in science, mathematics and engineering. Primary participating agencies at Aberdeen Proving Ground include US Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventative Medicine (USACHPPM), US Army Medical Research Institute and Chemical Defense (USAMRICD) and US Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (USARDECOM). Most hiring occurs in the spring of the year. For more information call (410) 436-4883/4878

Career Related Experience in Science and Technology (CREST) is a program to recruit student engineers & scientists as future leaders in areas of military importance by providing summer and/or part-time employment (to include employment during school breaks), and an opportunity for an engineer or scientist position in the Army Intern Program. Full time students will be provided with an Army sponsor who will work with them to develop a work schedule in their area of interest which will not interfere with academic performance. The sponsor will also establish personalized objectives and will review the student performance annually. To learn more about CREST visit

Science, Mathematics, And Research for Transformation (SMART) is part of a concentrated effort to improve the flow of new, highly skilled technical labor into Department of Defense (DoD) laboratories and agencies and to enhance the technical skills of the workforce already in place. The DoD offers scholarship to undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students who have demonstrated ability and special aptitude for training and education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Students are also provided opportunities to continue their research in civil service roles following graduation. For more information and to apply for SMART visit:

Minority College Relations Program (MRCP) – Under the auspices of the Equal Employment Opportunity Office, Outreach and Special Emphasis Program, the MCRP develop and administer aggressive outreach strategies that promote mutually beneficial collaborative partnerships and relationships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and Hispanic Servicing Institutions, strengthen their viability and promote their participation in and benefit from Army programs and opportunities, thus enhancing the Army’s future readiness. To access the MCRP summer internship application, visit:

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