Volunteer and Support

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The Need

The need for STEM literacy – the ability to understand and apply concepts from science, technology, engineering and mathematics in order to solve our nation's most complex problems – is growing exponentially. STEM literacy goes beyond the traditional occupations of scientist, engineer and mathematician. Ultimately, the continuous development of innovative solutions help protect our soldiers, and our nation, against current and emerging threats. Your time makes our work possible.

How to Get Involved

There are a variety of ways to get involved, no matter whether you're a research scientist or an interested parent.

As a Junior Science and Humanities Symposium Regional Volunteer

Volunteers are essential to a successful JSHS program. Students enjoy networking with local leaders from academia, industry, and other organizations who encourage them and provide valuable insight into STEM careers. There are many ways to get in involved; no matter your background or availability, there is a role for you.

You can directly participate and support your Regional JSHS by:

  • Mentoring a student through a research project
  • Judging Speaking at the symposium
  • Helping at the event
  • Hosting a tour of your laboratory or STEM organization
  • Sponsoring additional awards or scholarships

The National JSHS is a tri-service - U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force - program that brings together 230 high school students who qualify for attendance by submitting and presenting original scientific research papers in regional symposia held at universities nationwide. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams/Released) To volunteer for your local Regional JSHS, please contact staff in your area by searching for your region. You are welcome to learn about volunteering for the National JSHS too.

As a Mentor

Mentors are scientists, engineers or STEM professionals who provide guidance, support and professional input to STEM focused students through a variety of activities, including

  • Classroom Presentations
  • Key Note Speakers
  • STEM Competition Mentoring & Project Judging
  • Subject Matter Expert for GEMS

As a Key Note Speakers/ Career Talks

Career Talks provide an opportunity for scientists and engineers to give short 10-15 minute talks held on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings starting at 9:00 am at Hood College. Volunteers can bring props or slides and talk about their current role, how they got there, and answer a few questions from the students. These short speeches are a valuable part of the GEMS experience and really help connect the learning of the program to building the Army STEM bench of future scientists and engineers.

The dates for these talks at Fort Detrick- Frederick, MD are: July 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 28, 29 August 4, 11, and 12.

As a Subject Matter Expert for GEMS

Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) are integral to the success of the GEMS program. SMEs assist the Near Peer Mentors (college students) in learning valuable techniques such as DNA analysis, PCR, electrophoresis, suturing, dissection skills, coding, water testing, animal behavior, and engineering skills. SMEs also provide an avenue for the Near Peer Mentors to talk with professionals in the field they may be studying and to make valuable professional connections. SMEs typically spend 1-2 hours with the college students during the GEMS program training week. All materials are provided.

As a CyberGuide for eCYBERMISSION

CyberGuides provide online assistance to eCYBERMISSION Teams via online discussion forums, chat rooms and monthly Live CyberGuide chats. CyberGuides can also serve as Ambassadors and promote the eCYBERMISSION program in their local communities.

As a Virtual Judge for eCYBERMISSION

Student Virtual Judges are college or university students studying STEM and must be at least 18-years-old. The Student Virtual Judge Program gives students an opportunity to gain experience in critical thinking and provide constructive criticism in science and engineering. Student Virtual Judges volunteer virtually through the eCYBERMISSION Website.

As a Leadership intern at Camp Invention

The National Inventors Hall of Fame offers a volunteer Leadership Intern program for high school and college level students, and would welcome AEOP alumni to participate. Participants get hands-on leadership experience, gain valuable communication skills and can earn up to 40 volunteer hours.

For more information contact Wendy Merket at wmerkert@invent.org

Find an Opportunity to Support STEM Education

Our opportunities cover a wide range of ages, STEM activities and locations. Time commitments vary from as little as 15 minutes to mentoring a student for an entire summer or more. If you are interested in supporting USAMRDC STEM education please complete a STEM support form and email it to USArmy.Detrick.MEDCOM-USAMRMC.Other.Educational-Outreach@mail.mil.


Last Modified Date: 25 July 2022