Research & Engineering Apprenticeship Program (REAP) is 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. Through this program 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.
Eligibility and Applicant Requirements:
REAP students must be from groups that are underserved and underrepresented in STEM. To qualify, students must be located within community distance of a REAP mentor (see program locations for a list), have demonstrated an interest in STEM research and demonstrated a potential for a successful career in STEM. Additionally, they self-identify as meeting two or more of the following criteria:
- Student self-identifies as qualifying for free or reduced lunch.
- Student self-identifies as a minority historically underrepresented in STEM (Alaskan Native, Native American, Black or African American, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander)
- Student is a female pursuing research in physical science, computer science, mathematics, or engineering.
- Student receives special education services.
- Student has a disability.
- English is a second language for the student.
- Student is a potential first-generation college student (parents did not attend college).
General Program Milestones:
January: Student application opens
April: Applications due April 30
April-June: Selected students notified
July: Students participate in REAP program
Program Locations in the DMV area:
- Johns Hopkins University (MD)
- University of Maryland-Baltimore (MD)