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Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education

ORISE PROGRAM

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Overview

In 2006, USAARL began utilizing, through an interagency agreement between the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command (USAMRMC) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the DOE’s Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Research Participation Program (RPP). The ORISE RPP, which is operated by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), provides opportunities for students (high school through graduate school), postgraduates (Doctoral, Master, Bachelor, and Associate degree recipients), faculty members, visiting scientists, and retired federal affiliated personnel to participate in a STEM program, project, or activity at federal agencies, like USAARL. USAARL’s ORISE program components are as follows.

ORISE INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The Student Research Participation Program provides high school juniors or seniors, undergraduate students, and graduate students the opportunity to participate in research and development activities. This program is intended to enhance the students’ educational development by providing practical research experiences closely related to their academic pursuits.

The Postgraduate Research Participation Program provides individuals with an associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate, or post-doctorate degree in an appropriate STEM discipline the opportunity to participate in applied research activities. This program is intended to enhance the participants’ background and experience and allow them to make a research contribution in their chosen field of study.

The Faculty Participation Program provides research opportunities to precollege STEM educators as well as college and university STEM faculty.

Application Instructions:
To learn about the eligibility requirements for the ORISE RPPs, open internship opportunities at USAARL, and to apply to an open internship opportunity at USAARL visit the ORISE Department of Defense Internship & Fellowship Programs website.

USAARL ORISE CONTACT

USAARL ORISE Program Coordinator
334-255-6906
usarmy.rucker.medcom-usaarl.list.sic@mail.mil


The U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory’s involvement in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education outreach is a result of Executive Order (EO) 12821 - Improving Mathematics and Science Education in Support of the National Education Goals. The STEM programs offered at USAARL — the Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science program and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education program — support the advancement of STEM-related initiatives and disciplines to achieve National Education Goals.

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GEMS PROGRAM

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Overview

The USAARL Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS) program is an extracurricular, STEM education program that enables students from the Wiregrass region of southeast Alabama to engage in hands-on experiments, which are age- and grade-appropriate, and to focus on STEM career fields. GEMS program students 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. GEMS aims to reach students who are underserved or historically underrepresented in STEM.

The program is organized such that college-age students, called Near-Peer Mentors, lead the GEMS modules and serve as role models to the students by promoting science and math concepts and by acting as expert resources concerning college life and career pathways. The mentors, who are close in age to the GEMS students, create a relaxed atmosphere ideal for learning. The program is strengthened by resource teachers who are knowledgeable in STEM education, train the mentors, and oversee the day-to-day operations of GEMS.

Since 2011, the USAARL GEMS program has provided STEM education to over 1000 students from Fort Rucker, Enterprise, Ozark, Daleville, Dothan, and other local communities. Each year the program has grown in both the modules offered and the number of students who complete the program.

GEMS STUDENT OPPORTUNITY

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GEMS is offered at no cost to the participant. Students who complete each day of the program, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, earn an educational stipend. Students may complete one session of GEMS per summer. Eligibility is based on grade level during 2021-2022 school year.

Additional information will be available at a later date.

Please e-mail usarmy.rucker.medcom-usaarl.mbx.stem@mail.mil if you would like to be added to the distribution list for the 2021 USAARL GEMS program.


Please email usarmy.rucker.medcom-usaarl.mbx.stem@mail.mil if you would like to be added to the distribution list for the 2021 USAARL GEMS program.


GEMS LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Near-Peer Mentors

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Eligibility:
Students who are enrolled in the 11th or 12th grade during the 2020-2021 school year (i.e., rising 12th graders or rising college freshman for the 2021-2022 school year) or students who are currently enrolled in a STEM- or education-related college degree program are eligible to apply for the Near-Peer Mentor (NPM) opportunity. Mentors are selected, via a competitive application and interview process, for their technical expertise, attitude, and teaching ability.

Additional information will be available at a later date.

Please e-mail usarmy.rucker.medcom-usaarl.mbx.stem@mail.mil if you would like to be added to the distribution list for the 2021 GEMS program!

Description:
The mentors are thoroughly trained in the conduct of the GEMS modules and in basic methods and practices of teaching. The mentors teach the experiments to the students and serve as role models to the students by promoting science and math courses and by acting as expert resources concerning college life and career pathways. Mentors serve as role models for GEMS students and prepare materials for implementing STEM experiments. Mentor candidates selected for program participation will undergo a security clearance/background investigation. Mentors earn an educational stipend.

Responsibilities:
Mentors are responsible for learning experiment protocols, preparing materials for the experiments, teaching experiments, implementing safety procedures, engaging and supervising students, mentoring students, maintaining ethical behavior, documenting the program through photography and film, and completing other assigned tasks.

Resource Teachers

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Eligibility:
The Resource Teachers are typically certified elementary, junior high, or high school teachers with experience teaching STEM-related concepts and lessons. The Resource Teachers are selected via a competitive interview process, for their technical expertise, attitude, and teaching and managerial skills.

Additional information will be available at a later date.

Please e-mail usarmy.rucker.medcom-usaarl.mbx.stem@mail.mil if you would like to be added to the distribution list for the 2021 GEMS program!

Description:
The Resource Teachers oversee the GEMS mentors who are eager to have a positive impact on the education and lives of GEMS students, teach STEM experiments to GEMS students who are motivated to learn, encourage GEMS students to pursue STEM-related careers, build a relationship with Department of Defense STEM professionals, and enhance their own STEM-related teaching skills. The selected candidates will undergo a security clearance/background investigation. The Resource Teachers earn an educational stipend.

Responsibilities:
The Resource Teachers are primarily responsible for implementing the GEMS program according to the curricula, training and overseeing the activities of the Near-Peer Mentors, providing to GEMS mentors and students guidance related to STEM experiments, preparing supplies and materials, managing the day-to-day operations of GEMS, ensuring the safety of GEMS students and mentors, and leading regular after action review meetings with staff. The Resource Teachers are expected to be present for the duration of the GEMS modules for which they are selected.


USAARL GEMS CONTACT

USAARL GEMS Program Coordinator
334-255-6907
usarmy.rucker.medcom-usaarl.mbx.stem@mail.mil


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