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Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) / Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Appalachian STEM Academy

ARC/ORNL Appalachian STEM Academy

New York State’s Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Program and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Invite You to Apply for a Summer STEM Opportunity!

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), in collaboration with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), is sponsoring a summer residential, hands-on learning STEM academy focusing on math, science, and technology for high school students and teachers, and middle school students from New York State’s Appalachian Region (Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, and Tompkins counties). The program will be held in person in at Oak Ridge Universities in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. More information and application materials are available at For the first time in the program’s 32-year history, ARC is excited to expand the middle school STEM Academy into two separate, one-week sessions, allowing double the number of students to participate.

  • The 2024 Appalachian STEM Academy for high school students and teachers will be held from July 6 – 19, 2024. 
  • The 2024 Appalachian STEM Academy will offer TWO sessions for middle school students that will be held July 6-12 or July 13-19, 2024 .

To get specific information:

The application period ends February 2, 2024.

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.  

Participants selected will be provided:

  • Roundtrip travel to Oak Ridge, TN
  • Lodging
  • Meals
  • Supplies
  • Extracurricular Activities

New York State's Department of State will select two nominees for each teacher and student summer session. Alternatives may also be nominated to attend based on available space.

After applying please contact NYS's ARC Program personnel and at 518-473-3355. Please include: your name, name of your school and its location, your next year's grade, if you are a teacher or a student, and your contact information.