Do you know a high school junior or senior that is interested in science, technology, engineering, or math? Do they have a week available this summer? The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease Fort Detrick Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Sciences program is accepting applications for Assistant Near-Peer mentors. Assistant Near-Peers serve as aides to the resource teacher and to the near-peer mentors. They function as a mentor and collaborator, and will gain valuable skills in presentation, lesson-planning, networking, and laboratory techniques.
The USAMRIID Fort Detrick GEMS Program is located in Frederick County at Hood College, and in Washington County at Hagerstown Community College. The program will be held June 10 through August 16, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.
The GEMS program aims to broaden students’ interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and to inspire them to consider careers in these fields. The Assistant Near-Peer mentor will complete training prior to the start of the program. The training session will teach the mentor how to relate to students, present experiments, and practice the planned curriculum. High school juniors and seniors are eligible to apply for Assistant Near-Peer mentor internship positions. These positions are one-week internships.
Responsibilities of a GEMS Assistant Near-Peer mentor will include supervising students, preparing laboratory materials, learning protocols and procedures, helping students foster positive attitudes toward education, maintaining ethical behavior at all times, and acting as a role model and mentor for the GEMS student interns.
Assistant Near-Peers receive a $100 stipend for five full days of work. However, students may forgo payment to receive meritorious service learning credit, if needed.
Completed applications for the Assistant Near-Peer mentor program are due February 1, 2012. If you have any questions regarding the GEMS program, or to obtain an application, contact Lauren Beeson at 301-619-7942 or firstname.lastname@example.org.