Opportunities: high schoolers

The Maryland Center for Women in Computing(MCWiC) seeks to bring extraordinary women into computing through outreach, professional development, and community building. Check out the programs below for students in middle & high school: Many different programs during the school year and the summer: https://mcwic.cs.umd.edu/programs

In 2018, the Esperanza Education Fund will again award scholarships of at least $5000 and up to $20,000 to immigrant students and students who have two immigrant parents in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia to attend public colleges and universities. Students are eligible for the scholarship regardless of ethnicity, national origin, or immigration status. For more information about the scholarship and to read more about our current scholars, please visit www.esperanzafund.org. The scholarship application is now available and can be accessed through http://www.esperanzafund.org/about-our-scholarship/. The application process is entirely electronic, and all applications are due on March 30.

QuestBridge College Prep Scholars Program. The deadline for students (11th graders) to apply is March 21, 2018.

The College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences, University of Maryland is please to once again offer Jump Start, a weeklong summer science immersion program for high school students who are currently sophomores and juniors. This summer’s Jump Start program will focus on Biomedical Science. Students spend the week conducting experiments in our state-of-the-art freshman biology laboratories and have the opportunity to meet with science faculty and students. The program fee for 2018 is $100, which helps defray the costs of instruction and materials. For more information & online application (due 3/15): http://hhmi.umd.edu/outreach/jumpstart.

The University of Maryland Physics Department is pleased to offer our Physics Summer Outreach Program. This is a free program open to all upcoming 9th, 11th and 12th graders. While the 9th grade program focuses on classical physics, the advanced program jumps into the world of modern physics. https://umdphysics.umd.edu/events/aboutus-outreach/summer-girls.html (Summer Girls 9th Grade: July 25th – 27th: For rising 9th grade. Summer Girls Advanced: July 20th – August 10th: For rising 10th grade – 12th grade) These two programs offer hands-on science activities and experiences with current research. Applicants who apply by mid-April can expect to receive a decision in early May.

These two programs offer hands-on science activities and experiences with current research. Applicants who apply by mid-April can expect to receive a decision in early May.)

Research Experiences for STEM Educators and Teachers (RESET) provides educators with summer research experience at participating Army Laboratories. The goal of this enriching program is to reinforce teachers’ content knowledge through research experience and interactions with Army and Department of Defense scientists and engineers. Selected teachers will participate in on-line learning as a cohort, with a subset of the cohort selected to conduct research on-site with a mentor Army scientist or engineer. At the completion of the program, teachers will be able to translate this knowledge and experience into enhanced science, technology, engineering and math research curricula and enriched learning for their students.

To read more about this program and to apply, visit the AEOP website, www.usaeop.com . On the home page locate Stem Enrichment Activities and select RESET.

It is time to apply to one of the AEOP STEM opportunities…

For High School Students:

REAP offers high school students a research experience in a university lab. Visit the link below to apply. (Application closes February 28, 2018)

REAP: http://www.usaeop.com/programs/apprenticeships/reap/

SEAP is a high school program that matches students with scientists in a Department of Defense Lab. Visit the link below to apply. (Application closes February 28, 2018)

SEAP: http://www.usaeop.com/programs/apprenticeships/seap/

HSAP application opens January 15 (and closes February 28, 2018)!

HSAP offers students who will be rising high school juniors and seniors during the summer of the internship a research experience alongside university researchers sponsored by the Army Research Office. (Application closes February 28, 2018) Visit the link below to apply.

HSAP: http://www.usaeop.com/programs/apprenticeships/hsap/

On November 18th, 2017 from 10am-3:30 pm the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) at the University of Maryland will be hosting a "Crash Course" event where high school students are invited to come learn more about bioengineering. We hope to help students develop an idea for what it means to be an engineer by introducing some basic skills they may need as college engineering students. There will be 3 workshops throughout the day that focus on Computer Aided Design (CAD) in conjunction with 3D printing, Coding (Python), and bioengineering lab techniques (DNA Gel Electrophoresis). This event, which will be held in the Kim Engineering Building at the University of Maryland, College Park. Lunch and Prizes will also be provided. Link for Registration: ter.ps/bmescc

For Juniors and Seniors:

Dear Parents and Students,

The 100 Black Men of Greater Washington, DC is proud to present the Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS) Program, in partnership with US Army Educational Outreach Program and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR). This is our 5th Year in Partnership and we look for this year to be even greater than last year! The one-week internship from 8:25 am to 4:00 pm is for beginners (grades 6th - 8th), intermediate (grades 9th & 10th) and advanced (grades 11th & 12th) with an interest in the sciences.

Information on the GEMS Program and an online application can be found at: http://www.usaeop.com/programs/stem-enrichment-activities/gems/

Directions to the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (not hospital) can be viewed here:


We have some reserved positions for students ranging from the 6th-12th grade. Rolling Admission begins today and all applications must be submitted by NO LATER THAN April 30th. Remember, the sooner you apply the sooner you can be considered.https://www.cvent.com/events/2016-gems-silver-spring-md/registration-0f8d65ef769f47c1b914f8e87b1a1ca0.aspx

Please apply as soon as possible and send a completed 2017 GEMS Applicant Spreadsheet attachment to our STEM Education Committee Chairman's address (education@100blackmendc.org) with the following:

Student Name:

Grade Level:

School Attending:

Parent/Guardian Name:

Parent/Guardian Contact Information (Email/Phone):

GEMS Application ID#:

Once we have the above information we will place your child on our roster, but the online application must be submitted to be fully enrolled into the program and receive the $100 stipend.

You must register online. Paper applications not accepted. Issues with the application, please contact:

Point of Contact (POC)

Ms. Swati Ramadorai (swati.b.ramadorai.ctr@mail.mil, 301-319-9259)

100 BMGWDC Point of Contact:

Mr. Kevin Walter Smith, M.S. (education@100blackmendc.org; 240.310.3410)

Students interested in attending the university of Maryland: In conjunction with the open houses that the university has for students and parent, the Materials Science department is conducting 2 open houses in the Spring that include a meeting with faculty/students and several fun activities/experiments on materials. The open house is open to HS seniors and juniors and their families.

Saturday, March 4, 2017: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and Saturday, April 1, 2017: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Attend an Upcoming Information Session to Learn More! Help Keep the World Safe–Become a Fire Protection Engineer

Current high school students, undergraduates, community college students, and their families are welcome to attend. Registration is required. Our Fall 2016 Information Session dates are:

Saturday, April 1st from 1:00pm - 3:00pm Thursday, April 13th from 3:00pm - 5:00pm Sign up at fpe.umd.edu/openhouse.

NIH: SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM IN BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH (SIP): https://www.training.nih.gov/programs/sip The application is available from mid-November to March 1.

NASA Summer internship program, https://intern.nasa.gov/:

  • U.S. citizenship, GPA: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, High School students: At least 16 years of age and a current sophomore, junior or senior
  • Summer internship applications are accepted: 10/18/2016 - 03/01/2017. Students may apply to as many as 15 postings by prospective mentors, so it is a good idea to enter a profile as early as possible. Once a recommendation has been uploaded to the system by one of the student’s references, then the applicant's profile is complete and they may advance to the application stage. Mentors continue to submit opportunities throughout the open window period, so it doesn’t hurt to hold a few of your 15 slots for later postings that may be of interest. Mentors make the selections and may contact applicants for interviews.

ASPIRE High School Mentoring Program: Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab (JHU APL) ASPIRE is a program for high school juniors and seniors to explore the real-world applications of STEM at APL. Summer internship: Apply 1/1 to 2/15/2017.

The Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) provides an opportunity for students to participate in research at a Department of Navy (DoN) laboratory during the summer. Application deadline: November 30, 2016 at 6:00 PM EST

The Science and Engineering Apprentice Program (SEAP): at Army Research Lab at Adelphi, MD

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s (ARL) portfolio is focused on maturing technologies for transition principally to the Research, Development, and Engineering Centers (RDECs), but also to other partners in the Army Transformation Program Executive Office/Program Managers (PEOs/PMs), the Army Test and Evaluation Center (ATEC), the Training & Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Battle Labs, the other services, and the private sector. The ARL-Adelphi SEAP application will be available 1 November – 31 March

2017 DATES

June 19 – August 11


Rising 9th – graduating 12th

Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science [GEMS] at Army Research Lab at Adelphi, MD

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda: USU Summer Research Training Program (USRTP) : The university offers summer internships to local high school students that are interested in careers in the biomedical sciences. The internships are part of a formal annual summer training program that gives students an opportunity to work in a biomedical laboratory and perform hypothesis-driven research. The internship includes lectures on advanced scientific concepts and a workshop on how to communicate scientific ideas. To apply for a summer internship, please complete the application form and email it with your resume to the USRTP Director of Admissions between December 1st, 2016 and February 3rd, 2017, and write “USRTP-2016” in the subject line. Please do not directly contact participating faculty.

The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR): Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP): for high school students: US citizens or permanent legal residents

Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) has developed two modern Centers of Excellence—Infectious Disease Research and Military Psychiatry and Neuroscience Research. World-renowned scientists with expertise in comprehensive soldier fitness, brain injury, and sleep management make up the Center for Military Psychiatry and Neuroscience Research. The Center for Military Infectious Disease Research combines expertise in the development of vaccines and drugs for prevention and treatment of such diseases as malaria, HIV/AIDS, dengue fever, wound infections, leishmaniasis, enteric diseases and others.

2017 DATES

June 19 – August 18


Rising 10th – graduating 12th

The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR): Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS): for ages 13-18

The second year of the Optimus Prime Spinoff and Research Challenge, or OPSPARC! The 9 – 12 grade OPSPARC Challenge focuses on the technology and Spinoffs related to the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Just like NASA engineers, you will use an Engineering Design Process to design your own Spinoff innovation from JWST technology.

Students in grades K-12 are invited to take part in the 2016 Doodle 4 Google contest, and create a doodle that tells the world “What I see for the future.” From crayons to clay, graphic design, or even food, young artists can utilize any materials to bring their creation to life. Like all Google Doodles, each doodle must incorporate the letters G-o-o-g-l-e. One national winner will also receive a $30,000 college scholarship. The contest is open for entries from September 14, 2016 to December 2, 2016.

Bank of America Student Leaders Program. Every year, through our Student Leaders program we help connect 225 community-minded high school juniors and seniors to employment, skills development and service. They’re awarded paid summer internships with local nonprofits such as Habitat for Humanity and Boys and Girls Clubs of America and participate in a national leadership summit in Washington, D.C. Applications beginning October 31, 2016 through January 27, 2017.

From UMCP Department of Fire Protection Engineering:

First, we are proud to again offer the "Introduction to Math and Physics Through Fire Dynamics" program this coming spring semester. This is a FREE program offered as if it were a 1 credit college-level seminar that runs every other Tuesdayevening from January to May with dinner provided. The purpose of this program is to expose high school students to a college-level taught program while sparking their interest in, as well as developing their knowledge of, the fundamental concepts in mathematics, physics, and chemistry needed to understand and solve engineering problems. Students should be comfortable with algebra concepts though can work with the instructor if they have concerns or questions about their math level and if the program is right for them. Interested participants should visit the website. For priority consideration, applications are due December 19, 2016. The Fall 2016 cohort of the program was SO POPULAR that the instructor offered two sections and we still could not accommodate all who applied. So, be sure to complete your application on time! For questions, please contact Nicole Hollywood at nlholly@umd.edu or the instructor Ms. Raquel Hakes at rhakes@terpmail.umd.edu.

Second, the Department of Fire Protection Engineering will offer a Terp Young Scholars Program course: ENFP102- Engineering and Testing Creative Fire Safe Building Designs from July 9-28, 2017. The purpose of the course is to teach students basic fire protection principles, mentor them through a design and build process of a two room model apartment, and then test the student’s learning by setting a small ‘house fire’ in the model apartment. The course will count for 3-credits of college-level coursework. For priority consideration, applications should be received by June 19, 2017.

Third, the Department of Fire Protection Engineering also offers Information Sessions about the Department and major. These Information Sessions are two-hour FREE events where interested students get to meet faculty, staff and students and learn about the best major they may never have known existed! Participants will be able to see exciting lab demonstrations and learn more about cutting-edge research only being conducted here at UMD!

The Jump Start Program will invite 50 rising high school juniors and seniors to participate in a week-long summer science immersion program at the University of Maryland. The program was developed through a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and is now sponsored by the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences, University of Maryland. Students considering a career in the sciences will have the opportunity to learn the tools of modern life sciences research and experience the excitement of discovery. In addition to carrying out laboratory investigations, students will participate in seminars and professional development workshops. The program is free for all participants. The theme for the Summer 2017 Jump Start program is biomedical science. Students will learn how cellular and molecular techniques are changing the way we diagnose and treat disease. http://hhmi.umd.edu/jumpstart

For Seniors Only:

The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program will provide full tuition, employment, employee benefits, fees, books, and room and board each year for up to 4 years to selected students pursuing a bachelor's degree at selected universities: http://www.outreach.usda.gov/education/1890/

HIGH SCHOOL SCIENTIFIC TRAINING AND ENRICHMENT PROGRAM 2.0 (HISTEP 2.0) AT NIH. 8 weeks: June 12th to August 10th, 2017, FULL TIME: HTTPS://WWW.TRAINING.NIH.GOV/HISTEP Application deadline: 1/4/2017

One of the directors of HISTEP and HISTEP 2.0 will come to ERHS to talk about the programs and the application processes on November 9, 2016: in room 135: 6th period for 12th graders and 7th period for 11th graders. You will need to obtain a pass to attend. More information will be provided to your RP and physics teachers.

UNCF scholarships, programs, internships and fellowships: UNCF manages various scholarship programs and each program has its own eligibility criteria, open/close dates and required documentation. To apply for a UNCF scholarship, you must apply through the on-line application process.

The Regeneron Science Talent Search is the nation’s most prestigious science competition for high school seniors, providing an important forum for original research that is recognized and reviewed by a national jury of professional scientists. Application Deadline: November 16, 2016 8:00 PM ET

QuestBridge: The National College Match connects high-achieving, low-income students with full four-year scholarships from 38 of the nation’s best colleges. Students also have a second chance of admission with QuestBridge Regular Decision, through which they can receive very generous financial aid. The free application is due on September 27, 2016.

The National Security Agency's (NSA) Gifted and Talented Program: Applications are accepted Sept. 1st - Oct. 31st of each year. Students work full time for 10 to 12 weeks during the summer following their senior year of high school.

Stokes Educational Scholarship Program (NSA):

  • Tuition and mandatory fees of up to $30,000 per year at the college of your choice + more. Program applications will be accepted between September 1st and October 31st each year.

For Juniors Only:

2017 College Prep Scholars Program. The free application is now open, and it is due on March 22, 2017. As you may know, the College Prep Scholars Program prepares high-achieving, low-income 11th graders to be admitted to the nation's best colleges, and possibly attend for free.


One of the directors of HISTEP and HISTEP 2.0 will come to ERHS to talk about the programs and the application processes on November 9, 2016: in room 135: 6th period for 12th graders and 7th period for 11th graders. You will need to obtain a pass to attend. More information will be provided to your RP and physics teachers.

Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES)

This intense six-week program immerses students in life at MIT through math and science courses, a challenging hands-on elective course, workshops, guest speakers, and social events. Students apply in the fall semester of their junior year in high school for the upcoming summer programs. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents to apply. The application is due by: February 1, 2017 at 7:59 PM Eastern Standard Time Recommendations must be received by: February 15 at 7:59 PM Eastern Standard Time

Army Research Lab at Adelphi, MD: Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS) and Science and Engineering Apprentice Program (SEAP).

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory: ASPIRE Summer Session (June–August): U.S. citizenship required.

Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America – LEDA: Each year, we recruit a new cohort of LEDA Scholars – 100 qualified high school juniors who show leadership potential but lack the exposure and support they need to attend highly selective colleges. LEDA Scholars receive leadership training, writing instruction, standardized test preparation and a year of highly personalized guidance as they navigate the application and admissions process at the most competitive colleges. Throughout college and beyond, Scholars are offered ongoing advising, career counseling, postgraduate planning and community-building support to help them succeed and lead. The application deadline is December 12, 2016.