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.
- 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.
- Demonstrated interest in STEM research
- Demonstrated potential for a successful career in STEM
- Must be located within community distance of a REAP mentor
- 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
- 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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