Walter Reed Army Institute of Research

About Walter Reed Army Institute of Research

WRAIR's Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS) program offers middle and high school students an exciting platform to engage in hands-on STEM activities that are designed to stimulate inquiry-based thinking, scientific skills, and interest in STEM careers. Rising 7th – 12th graders will have the opportunity to explore STEM -- either in a sophisticated laboratory setting or online -- and learn about STEM careers under the guidance of Near-Peer Mentors (NPMs).

NPMs are typically college undergraduates or HS seniors. Closer in age to our students, NPMs share their STEM interests with the students, guide students in a hands-on exploration of STEM concepts, and develop meaningful connections throughout the week. In addition to a strong understanding of the STEM content, NPMs offer guidance in choosing high school courses, applying to college and scholarships, and adjusting to college-level academics. NPMs receive competitive stipends based on their educational level and experience.

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Near peer mentor

June 2020 - August 2020 Silver Spring, MD
“The leadership was very friendly and easy to talk to.”
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