Summer Opportunities at GEMS and SEAP

Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS) is an extracurricular science education program, which enables students to experience science in a real laboratory setting.

The program is based on a multi-disciplinary educational curriculum, and is focused on age- and grade-appropriate hands-on activities, in areas such as science, engineering, mathematics, computational sciences, computational biology, biomedical sciences, chemistry and biology.

Students receive a stipend to participate in one week-, two week- and four-week long programs, depending on student grade and program site. Programs offered at different sites are unique. Please take the time to explore these programs, offered at the sites listed below.

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The Science and Engineering Apprentice Program (SEAP), sponsored by George Washington University and the Department of Defense, is an eight week summer program for high school students. SEAP is designed so that students can apprentice in fields of their choice with experienced scientists and engineers. This opportunity provides students with valuable experience needed to make informed career decisions. Students apprentice with their mentors on mutually agreed upon projects. At Army Research facilities, the students apprentice in a professional research laboratory setting and learn how their research can benefit the Army as well as the civilian community. Because of the setting, students are treated as research assistants rather than just teenagers. First year participants are awarded an educational stipend of $2000.

The students contribute to the research of the laboratory while learning research techniques in the process. This “hands-on” experience gives students a broader view of their fields of interest and shows students what kind of work awaits them in their future career. The students also attend demonstrations and go on field trips to learn more about the inner workings of an Army Research Laboratory. At the end of the summer, the students prepare final reports and present their research at a final seminar.

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NIH is sponsoring a summer research program for the Office of Research on Women’s Health.

If you are interested in applying, look here:

AND see Ms. Bergman for instructions on applying!

Applications are due Friday, January 7th, 2011. You have to complete an online application, a nomination from the head of the SWW Science Department (Ms. Bergman), and send in an official transcript.

You MUST be at least 16 years old and have completed your junior or senior year by next summer.

Come to the SWW-American Medical Student Association Conference!

Attention students! Are you an aspiring doctor/nurse?

Come to the SWW-American Medical Student Association Conference!

Students will participate in a weekend conference hosted by AMSA.The conference will provide training for students interested in going to medical school, nursing school, etc. Students will stay at the Hotel Sheraton at Reston and commute via shuttle to AMSA Headquarters each day. The event is weekend-long: Students must participate in all conference events.

When: November 19-21, 2010

Where: Reston, VA

Cost: FREE

Interest meeting: October 7th. Room 12. 12:30pm.

Application deadline: October 12, 2010


See Ms. Bergman or for more details!

Chaperon Contact Info

Interested in chaperoning on SWW field trips?

Click here for the contact information form!


The SWW-AMSA Program’s website may be found here:


The School Without Walls – American Medical Student Association (AMSA) program is for students interested in entering a medical profession (doctor, nurse, physical therapist, researcher, public health policy maker, psychologist, physical therapist, health professional, etc.) who wish to pursue independent research projects as part of their high school careers.

The program would provide training, funding, and mentoring for students interested in pursuing medical and/or health-related careers.

Students would participate in a weekend conference hosted by AMSA in fall 2010, have weekly meetings, and team together to work on science fair projects guided by working scientist mentors. The program would require approximately 10 hours per week of students’ time.

The deadline to apply is TUESDAY, JUNE 1st at 11:59pm.

For more information or for any questions, contact Ms. Bergman at

Click here for the application!

Extra Credit Opportunities

Students interested in extra credit have one of two options:

  • Play Pandemic 2:
    • Design a virus, bacterium, or parasite and release it on the world.
    • To get extra credit, you must infect MADAGASCAR successfully. Your disease cannot begin in Madagascar.
    • To prove you’ve done this, print/screencap a copy of the “world menu.”
    • This is worth 5 HW/prep points.
  • Read “The Tragedy of the Commons” by Garrett Hardin:
    • Prepare a 5-minute oral summary (give me a head’s up on this) of the essay to present to the class.
    • Other readings will be posted if someone presents this in class.

Survey Link

I’m interested in students’ eating habits – and getting more fruits and vegetables available in schools. Click on the link below to complete the survey! If you bring in the last page of the survey printed out (the one with the bears question), you can get 4 points extra credit!
Click Here to Take Survey!


Environmental Film Festival

Most screenings of the films are free. YOU NEED TO RESERVE TICKETS IN ADVANCE!

Sally Ride Science Fair at GMU

Join the fun at George Mason University for the Sally Ride Science Festival!

Place: George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Date: Saturday, April 18, 2009
Time: 11:00am to 4:15pm

The Science Festival, sponsored by ExxonMobil, includes
• An inspiring talk by cosmochemist Laurie Leshin
• Workshops for girls, which can be given by local veterinarians, astronomers, microbiologists and more
• Workshops for parents and teachers on ways to support girls’ interests in science
• A street fair with booths, hands-on activities, food, and music

Don’t miss out—sign up now!

Register by March 22, 2009 for only $15 per person
Registration increases to $20 per person on March 23.

Call: 1.800.561.5161 for more information
Advance registration is required.

If you’d like to help spread the word about the Science Festival, we’d be happy to mail you flyers and posters. You can also send this email to your friends.

See you there!
Sally Ride Science

P.S. While our festivals are primarily focused on encouraging girls to pursue their interests in science, everyone is welcome to attend!