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Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS)

The USAARL Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS) program is an extracurricular, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education program that enables participants to engage in hands-on experiments, which are age- and grade-appropriate, and to focus on STEM career fields.

GEMS program participants learn numerous math and science concepts; practice the scientific method, problem solving, and speaking in a public forum; gain exposure to a laboratory setting; and interact with military and civilian technicians, clinicians, scientists, and engineers.

The program is organized such that college-aged students, called near-peer mentors, teach the GEMS experiments and serve as role models to the participants by promoting science and math courses and by acting as expert resources concerning college life and career pathways. The mentors, who are close in age to the GEMS participants, create a relaxed atmosphere ideal for learning.

  GEMS Programs  

Physical Science, Forensics & Neuroscience GEMS (5th-6th grade)

Physical Science & Forensics-students investigate problem solving, estimation, water properties, engineering, physics/force of motion, and forensics techniques.

Neuroscience- students explore the five senses to help them learn more about the brain and neurological process.

Robotics & Biochemistry GEMS (7th and 8th grade)

Robotics- students build and program a robot to maneuver and conquer different tasks.

Biochemistry- students conduct science and math experiments focused primarily on chemistry, biology, and biochemistry.

For more information, contact the GEMS Program Coordinator 334-255-6906 /

  Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education  

The ORISE program is operated by Oak Ridge Associated Universities to provide government agencies with opportunities for members of the academic community (college students and post-graduates) to participate in an appropriate STEM program, project, or activity.

USAARL’s ORISE program components include:

The Student Research Participation Program provides students in good standing at an accredited U.S. college, university, or technical institute with an opportunity to receive formal education and training with various organizations/facilities associated with DOD entities and other Federal agencies.

The Postgraduate Research Participation Program provides recent college graduates (Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, or Doctorate) in an appropriate STEM related field the opportunity to participate in research initiatives with DOD organizations and other Federal agencies. This program is intended to provide participants with experience and give them an opportunity to make a research contribution in their field of study.

The Knowledge Preservation Program is designed to help a facility avoid critical shortages of institutional knowledge in STEM related fields by pairing retired Federal affiliated personnel with postdocs, junior researchers, and other staff in order to preserve their expert knowledge that is critical in meeting DOD’s current and future program commitments.

For more information, contact the ORISE Program Coordinator 334-255-6906 / or visit External Site Designator.


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