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Appalachia Regional Commission

The Details

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU),
Oak Ridge, TN


Two-week residential program for high school students and high school teachers (use the same application):  July 6-19
One-week residential program for middle school students:  July 13-19


  • Transportation to attend the programs
  • Full room and board
  • All expenses related to lab work and field trips
  • Teachers also receive a $1,000 stipend.
How to Apply
Apply by March 12!
See the links below for complete application info. The pdf must be the typed fillable version here.

HIGH SCHOOL INSTITUTE Teachers and students use the same application.


2019 Summer STEM Institute at Oak Ridge National Labs, Tennessee

Request for Participant Applications from Students and Teachers

Calling students and teachers for an all-expenses-paid summer STEM adventure!

For teachers and students from New York State's Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, and Tompkins counties.

The ARC/ORNL Summer STEM Program is a residential, hands-on learning experience for Appalachia's high school and middle school students, as well as high school teachers in STEM-related fields. Hosted by Oak Ridge Associated Universities in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, this program is a gateway to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in the Appalachian Region.

Many participants come from economically distressed counties and often gain their first exposure to applied science and STEM education through this experience. 

All participants work with award-winning scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, one of the largest U.S. Department of Energy research facilities in the United States. High school and middle school students conduct guided group science, math, and computer science technology research projects, while high school teachers work with science practitioners to develop STEM-related curriculum.

The program culminates in a graduation ceremony where participants showcase their work.

For more information about the program and how to apply, download this flyer. Application forms are available for download in the "How to Apply" section of this page. Applications are due to state program managers by March 12, email your application to

To learn about the program's impact on the Appalachian Region, check out this infographic.


►   Applications must be submitted online using the fillable .pdf form supplied via the web link to the right.

►   Applications are due no later than March 12, 2019

►   Interested? Have questions? Contact your ARC State Program Manager (518-473-3355). 

"These two weeks have been outstanding! Our careers in STEM will be enriched by this experience."- Lydia C., student

"This program has changed the way I will approach science teaching in my classroom." -Stephanie K., teacher