Fort Detrick
GEMS Program

Phone: 301-619-9658

GEMS Program

The Fort Detrick GEMS Program is an Army-sponsored summer extracurricular science, technology, engineering and math education program that places students in a real laboratory setting to prepare them to be the next generation of scientists. The program is based on a multi-disciplinary educational curriculum, and is focused on age and grade-appropriate hands-on activities in areas such as science, engineering, mathematics, computational sciences, computational biology, biomedical sciences, and chemistry. Student interns are instructed by older students who have achieved success in STEM classes in high school and college. The near-peer mentors serve as role models for their younger peers. GEMS lasts for four consecutive days and the program hours are 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Applications for the Fort Detrick GEMS program open in the late winter of each calendar year. Please email to be made aware of when the application process officially begins each year. Acceptance to the GEMS program is competitive and based on the quality and originality of a student essay and a written recommendation provided by the student's teacher or community leader. To be eligible for the GEMS program, students must be a U.S. citizen and 9-years-old or older to be considered for participation (grades 4-11 during the current school year.) The GEMS program is offered at no cost to participants.

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