The Details
Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU),
Oak Ridge, TN
Two-week residential program for high school students and high school teachers:  July 6-19
One-week residential program for middle school students:  July 13-19
  • Transportation to attend the programs
  • Full room and board
  • All expenses related to lab work and field trips
  • Teachers also receive a $1,000 stipend.
See the program flyer for more info.
How to Apply
Apply by March 29!
See the links below for complete application info.

Applications are now closed for 2019. Please check back in January 2020 for Summer 2020 Institute information.

Calling Appalachian students and teachers for an all-expenses-paid summer STEM learning opportunity!

The ARC/ORNL Summer STEM Program is a residential, hands-on learning experience for Appalachia's high school and middle school students, as well as high school teachers in STEM-related fields. Hosted by Oak Ridge Associated Universities in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, this program is a gateway to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in the Appalachian Region. Many participants come from economically distressed counties and often gain their first exposure to applied science and STEM education through this experience.

All participants work with award-winning scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, one of the largest U.S. Department of Energy research facilities in the United States. High school and middle school students conduct guided group science, math, and computer science technology research projects, while high school teachers work with science practitioners to develop STEM-related curriculum.

The program culminates in a graduation ceremony where participants showcase their work.

For more information about the program and how to apply, download this flyer. Application forms are available for download in the "How to Apply" section of this page. Applications are due to state program managers by March 29! Some states may have earlier deadlines, so please confirm with your ARC state program manager.

To learn about the program's impact on the Appalachian Region, check out this infographic.

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