The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) operates as the Navy and Marine Corps full-spectrum corporate laboratory. The lab conducts a broad range of scientific research and advanced technological development. These programs concentrate on innovative maritime materials, techniques, equipment and systems, as well as ocean, atmospheric and space science technologies. NRL is home to our nation’s best scientists and engineers. They are inspired and encouraged to pursue their passion in an environment of proven excellence, each are focused on research that yields immediate and long-range applications in the defense of the United States.

The goal of NRL’s STEM outreach is to encourage students to pursue STEM academics and careers, share the Navy’s mission with various communities, and inspire the nation’s best and brightest talent to become a part of our nation’s naval STEM workforce.

Educational Programs: NRL scientist and engineer volunteers engage the K-12 community through a set of core STEM programs, including SeaPerch, FIRST Robotics and CanSat. NRL also provides professional development to STEM educators in local school districts and systems close to our laboratories and field sites across the U.S. NRL’s volunteer force support other activities such as STEM fairs, lectures and act as tutors.

Workforce Programs: In addition to the federal Pathways Internships Program, NRL also participates in the Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP), a program aimed toward secondary students interested in STEM. Additionally, NRL engages undergraduate to post-doctoral students, with Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP).

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