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Research & Engineering Apprenticeship Program (REAP)

A summer STEM program that places talented high school students, from groups historically under-represented and underserved in STEM, in research apprenticeships at area colleges and universities. REAP apprentices work under the direct supervision of a mentor on a hands-on research project. REAP apprentices are exposed to the real world of research, they gain valuable mentorship, and they learn about education and career opportunities in STEM. REAP apprenticeships are 5-8 weeks in length (minimum of 200 hours) and apprentices receive a stipend.

Program Goals

  • To provide high-school students from groups historically under-represented and underserved in STEM, including alumni of the AEOP's UNITE program, with an authentic science and engineering research experience
  • To indroduce students to the Army's interest in science and engineering research and the associated opportunities offered through the AEOP
  • To provide participants with mentorship from a scientist or engineer for professional and academic development purposes
  • To develop participants' skills to prepare them for competitive entry into science and engineering undergraduate programs

What is the REAP apprenticeship experience?

REAP apprentices are high-school age students selected for their interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Special consideration is given to under-represented groups.

The REAP Experience is designed to:

  • Motivate students toward a career in science, mathematics, or technology.
  • Expand students' background and understanding of scientific research.
  • Engage students' active participation into the philosophy and objectives of scientific research.
  • Expose students to science experiences not readily available in high school.
  • Introduce students to the real world of research in these fields.
  • Partner students with faculty mentors to support current and forture professional growth and devleopment.


Students accepted into the program receive free services and are expected to make a serious commitment to pursuing a career in a STEM field.

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Demonstrated interest in STEM research
  2. Demonstrated potential for a successful career in STEM
  3. Must be located within community distance of a REAP mentor
  4. Member of a group historically underserved or underrepresented in STEM as defined by meeting two or more of the following criteria:
    • Qualify for free or reduce lunch
    • A minority historically underrepresented in STEM (Alaskan Native, Native American, Black or African American, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander)
    • A female pursuing research in physical science, computer science, mathematics, or engineering
    • Receives special education services
    • Have a disability
    • English is a second language student
  5. For participation at Fayetteville State University students must meet two of the criteria above and be eligible for enrollment in the Talent Search program.
    • Rising 10th-12th grader
    • A potential first generation college student and/or receive free/reduce lunch
    • Have the desire to enroll in postsecondary education
    • Have a need for assistance with Talent Search services to support school success and college enrollment

How Can I Enroll in the REAP Program?


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