STEM Programs

Advanced Course in Cyber Security Bootcamp

Advanced Course in Cyber Security Bootcamp (ACE) seeks to produce the next-generation cyber security leaders from the top students at US colleges and universities, targeting the best in computer engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, mathematics and physics. ACE develops students into problem solvers, original thinkers and technical leaders. A 10-week tradecraft curriculum and a capstone exercise provide the forum for the cadets to put into practice the educational concepts learned in the course, to test state-of-the-art tools and to gather data for use in ongoing activities.

Military Branch or Component: 
Air Force
Location: 
Rome Research Site, Rome, NY

AEOP - College Qualified Leaders

The College Qualified Leaders (CQL) program matches practicing DoD scientists with talented college 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. Selected participants receive a stipend based on education and experience and may participate year-round. The CQL internship is primarily designed for greater than six-month work-study internships and are available year round or just during the summer.

Military Branch or Component: 
Army

AEOP - eCYBERMISSION

eCYBERMISSION is a web-based science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) competition for students in grades six through nine that promotes self-discovery and enables all students to recognize the 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. The U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program is committed to answering the Nation’s need for increased national STEM literacy and to expanding STEM education opportunities across the country to open doors to new career paths for American students that lead to a brighter tomorrow.

Military Branch or Component: 
Army

AEOP - Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science

GEMS’ mission is to interest young people in STEM careers early enough that they have the time to attain the appropriate academic training. These summer STEM enrichment programs for middle and high school students are located at Army laboratories, and focused on age and grade-appropriate hands-on activities in multi-disciplinary educational curriculum areas, such as science, engineering, mathematics, computational sciences, computational biology, biomedical sciences, chemistry and biology.

Military Branch or Component: 
Army

AEOP - High School Apprenticeship Program

The High School Apprenticeship Program (HSAP) provides high school juniors and seniors with an authentic science and engineering research experience alongside university researchers sponsored by the Army. Students will develop skills in critical science and engineering research areas in a university lab setting to prepare them for the next steps of their educational and professional career. Students receive an educational stipend equivalent to $10 per hour, and are allowed to work up to 300 hours total. The students contribute to the Army’s research in the laboratory while learning research methods, using advanced research equipment and becoming a part of an active research group. 

Military Branch or Component: 
Army

AEOP - Junior Solar Sprint

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. 

Military Branch or Component: 
Army
Location: 
National

AEOP - Research Engineering Apprenticeship Program

The Research & Engineering Apprenticeship Program (REAP) is a summer STEM program that places talented high school students, from groups historically underrepresented and underserved in STEM, in research apprenticeships at area colleges and universities. REAP apprentices work under the direct supervision of a mentor on a hands-on research project. REAP apprentices are exposed to the real world of research, gain valuable mentorship, and learn about education and career opportunities in STEM. REAP apprenticeships are five to eight weeks long (minimum of 200 hours) and apprentices receive a stipend.

Military Branch or Component: 
Army

AEOP - Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program

The Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP) provides undergraduate students with an authentic science and engineering research experience alongside university researchers sponsored by the Army. Through this commuter program, students will develop skills in critical science and engineering research areas in a university lab setting to prepare them for the next steps of their educational and professional career. The students contribute to the Army’s research in the laboratory while learning research methods, using advanced research equipment and becoming a part of an active research group. 

Military Branch or Component: 
Army

AEOP - Unite

UNITE is a four-to-six week, pre-collegiate summer experience for talented high school students from groups historically underrepresented and underserved in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Held at higher education institutions across the country, UNITE encourages students to pursue college majors and careers in engineering and other STEM-related fields through a program of focused hands-on rigorous academics, enrichment, and career exploration. 

Military Branch or Component: 
Army
Location: 
Selected Universities through an RFP

AFRL Scholars

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Scholars Program offers stipend-paid summer internship opportunities to undergraduate and graduate level university students pursuing STEM degrees, as well as upper-level high school students; select locations also offer internships to university students pursuing education-related degrees and K-12 professional educators. The selected interns gain valuable hands-on experiences working with full-time AFRL scientists and engineers on cutting-edge research and technology and are able to contribute to unique, research-based projects. 

Military Branch or Component: 
Air Force