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2018 Appalachian Regional Commission/Oak Ridge National Laboratory Summer STEM Programs

 

Overview

For more information about the program, contact:

Julia Hinten
Governor’s Office of Appalachia
(614) 728-4878
Julia.Hinten@development.ohio.gov

Each year the Governor’s Office of Appalachia and the Appalachian Regional Commission send two middle school and two high school students as well as two high school teachers to the Appalachian Regional Commission/Oak Ridge National Laboratory Summer STEM Program in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The free program provides Ohio Appalachian students the opportunity to work in teams with scientists from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and use their science and math skills on real-world projects.

The 2018 sessions will take place from July 7 to July 20, 2018 for high school students and teachers; and from July 15 to July 20, 2018 for middle school students.  Both sessions will be held at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Oak Ridge Associated Universities in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Students will be chaperoned 24 hours a day during the program and it will cover all major expenses, including meals, lodging and transportation. High school teachers in the program will receive a stipend for their participation.

Who’s Eligible

Middle and high school students and high school teachers from a public school in one of Ohio’s 32 Appalachian counties are eligible. To be eligible:

  • High school students must be 16 years of age by July 6, 2018.
  • Middle school students must be between 12 and 14 years old on July 14, 2018.
  • High school teachers (grades 9-12) must plan to teach in the math, science and technology disciplines for the 2018-2019 school year.

How to Apply

To apply for the program, students and teachers must complete the required application and return it via mail or delivery to the Governor’s Office of Appalachia on or before March 16, 2018. Applications received or postmarked after this date or submitted electronically will not be considered for the program.

Applications should be mailed or delivered to the attention of the Governor’s Office of Appalachia at:

Ohio Development Services Agency
Governor's Office of Appalachia
c/o Oak Ridge Summer Institute
77 South High Street, 26th Floor
Columbus, Ohio, 43215

Please make sure you are available to attend the summer institute during the designated dates before submitting your application. For an application to be considered it must be complete and meet the mandatory requirements along with the requirements in the "other considerations" criteria.

Do not mail or fax your completed applications to the Appalachian Regional Commission in Washington D.C.


Frequently Asked Questions

July 15-20, 2018 for middle school students and July 7-20, 2018 for high school students and teachers.

All participants must be U.S. citizens and attend a public school in one of Ohio’s 32 Appalachian counties.

Middle school participants must be between 12 and 14 years old on July 14, 2018. High school participants must be at least 16 years old by July 7, 2018. All teacher participants must plan to teach math, science, and/or technology (e.g. Web design, computer programming) in the ninth grade or higher in a public school in a designated Appalachian county for the 2018-2019 school year.

All application materials must be submitted to the Governor’s Office of Appalachia on or before March 16, 2018. Application materials received or postmarked after this date or submitted electronically will not be considered for the program.

Applications should be mailed or delivered to the attention of the Governor’s Office of Appalachia at:

Ohio Development Services Agency
Governor's Office of Appalachia
c/o Oak Ridge Summer Institute
77 South High Street, 26th Floor
Columbus, Ohio, 43215

Please make sure you are available to attend the summer institute during the designated dates before submitting your application. For an application to be considered it must be complete and meet the mandatory requirements along with the requirements in the "other considerations" criteria.

Appalachian Ohio is a 32-county region that spans eastern, southeastern, and southern Ohio. For a complete list of the Appalachian counties in Ohio, visit arc.gov/counties.

Some of the things middle school participants will do during the institute are tour Oak Ridge National Laboratory research facilities, use a variety of technologies to solve problems in the Oak Ridge Associated Universities learning center, and participate in field trips to nearby industries, universities, and museums.

High school student and teacher participants will spend most days in one of several Oak Ridge National Laboratory research laboratories, but they will also participate in field trips to nearby industries, universities, and museums.

For examples of research projects from previous summer institutes, visit arc.gov/summerSTEM.

The Institute will be held at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Participants will stay at a hotel in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, near Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Oak Ridge Associated Universities facilities. Student participants will be chaperoned 24 hours a day by experienced teachers. Teacher participants will not be asked to chaperone.

Middle school students from the same school will be given priority in the selection process. High school student and teacher participants may be selected from different school districts.

All major expenses, including meals, lodging, transportation to and from the participant’s home, and local transportation, will be covered for all participants. Teacher participants will receive a stipend.