“I was very much enthusiastic that not only was I able to to increase my knowledge of microbiology, but I was able to do so with hands-on activities that stimulated my mind.” —Christopher O’Donoghue

“It is apparent that their love of science was enhanced through the program. They speak proudly of their research. These students returned to pursue engineering careers. Those that have been fortunate enough to participate have told others about their wonderful experience, therefore, I have students inquiring if such an opportunity would be available for them.” —Dawn Sturman
(high school science teacher)

"This has definitely strengthened my love for physics. I decided to take Honors Physics instead of regular physics because of this job. I think I will go on to take AP Physics and am considering it strongly as one of my career choices. I am already a step ahead of my physics class. It is pretty much summed up by our motto in the physics lab: 'Physics Rules!'" —William Lavery (apprenticed at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs)

"Without a doubt, my REAP experience has been a valuable one, and it has had a profound influence on my life." —Cyrus Monroe (apprenticed at Florida State University)

“I was pleasantly surprised by how much I learned the end of the first week alone. I expected lecture-type teaching and much busy work, and [was] surprised by the freedom we had on the projects. Due to my passion for math, I [took] a lot from this program.”
Sanjiv Goli

“The Research and Engineering Apprenticeship Program has been an awesome experience for me. I learned new concepts and skills, and relearned a few I’d forgotten, while hanging out with really cool people. It was the environment school tries to be. I’m definitely looking at a Math and Statistics major in college.” —Anthony Kuhns (apprenticed at Florida State University)

Apply for a REAP apprenticeship via the AEOP website.
After applying, contact Irene O’Mara (REAP Director) at (603) 228-4530 or email her at renie@aas-world.org.

The REAP program places apprentice students into over 50 universities around the country.

The REAP Experience

The Research and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (REAP) provides opportunities for high school students from historically underrepresented and underserved populations, as defined at: Department of Education and National Science Foundation. Students gain hands-on work experience in scientific research and development programs on a university level. REAP students are exposed to real world scientific research and are able to see themselves making a living as scientists and researchers. Selected students are awarded a stipend for their summer research experience in a university lab.

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 future professional growth and development.

On-the-Job Training

Eligible high school students accepted for apprenticeships will be paid during work periods and will work directly under a mentor scientist or engineer who will provide guidance on day-to-day job activities and be available to assist in providing information on career opportunities in science, math, engineering and technology. Entry apprentices are to be paid in accordance with student minimum wage guidelines.

Apprentices are placed in research situations appropriate to their skill level, permitting them to exert tangible efforts towards recognizable goals as participating members of a team. They contribute to the work at hand so as to understand their contribution and, in general, understand what was accomplished.

REAP Objectives:

• 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 introduce students to the Army's interest and investment 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

Apprentice Selection Process

REAP apprentices are selected through a competitive application process and spaces are limited. The minimum qualifications for REAP are as follows:

1) Demonstrated interests in STEM research;

2) Demonstrated potential for a successful career in STEM; and

3) Member of a group historically underserved or underrepresented in STEM as defined by Federal criteria found at below links:

Visit the below website to view a publication of the National Science Foundation, "Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering, 2011." The NSF report, along with critical shortages in DoD and Federal research laboratories influences the eligibility criteria for REAP applicants.

Criteria applied to the selection of disadvantaged students may be found at the Department of Education, Federal TRIO website.

Interested students apply directly on the AEOP website. After applying, contact Irene O’Mara (REAP Director) at the Academy of Applied Science (603) 228-4530 or email her at renie@aas-world.org.

MORE: We've assembled a collection of frequently asked questions about the REAP program.

If you have a strong interest in the STEM careers, a REAP apprenticeship can be a powerful, direction-defining experience. We encourage you to apply via the AEOP website.