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Army STEM apprenticeships open at UAH

HUNTSVILLE – The Army Educational Outreach Program at the University of Alabama in Huntsville has announced the opening of 2023 applications for STEM apprenticeships and

This program directly benefits the mission of the U.S. Department of Defense without a requirement for military service. The deadline to apply is March 5.

The Army Educational Outreach Program offers summer, semester and year-round apprenticeships for undergraduate students throughout the country. AEOP is an Army and DoD-funded program that reaches out to high school through postdoctoral individuals interested in STEM fields to provide participants the opportunity to work alongside world-renowned scientists and engineers at facilities across the country. The program is administered through the Rochester (N.Y.) Institute of Technology and local university sites.

These paid experiences put students directly in touch with hands-on research and
innovation by working on projects they’re most passionate about in science, technology,
engineering and math. The students prepare for competitive college admissions with the opportunity to earn a stipend and connect with STEM professionals and mentors.

An apprenticeship or fellowship helps participants work on cutting-edge research in a state-of-the-art facility, learn about the culture of STEM and lab research and participate in webinars on topics relevant to their particular field.

The UAH program is open to high school students or those up to 60 months after high school graduation who have not been enrolled in an undergraduate program. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident to be eligible. Some AEOP sites are designed to focus particularly on participants from underserved groups.

An additional benefit to applying for an AEOP apprenticeship or fellowship is that it
provides the student the opportunity to be eligible for a SMART scholarship through the
DoD. These scholarships not only pay for a student’s education and education-related expenses, but also guarantees a job after graduation within the DoD on work that complements their degree or field of study.

The two AEOP projects hosted by UAH include projects in biology and chemistry. In the
biology project, participants will be studying multidrug resistant bacteria and trying to find
novel and efficient ways to prevent or treat infections caused by such bacteria. Participants
will analyze how bacteria become drug-resistant, how such pathogenic bacteria behave and
how the human microbiome interacts with these pathogens.

In the area of chemistry, UAH project participants will perform the synthesis of metal
nanoparticle porous metal organic framework composites and study their applications in
environmental remediation using both experimental and computational approaches.

For more information, email aeopapprenticeships@rit.edu, call 585-475-7177 or visit

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