Oak Ridge STEM Competition Announcement

Feb 09, 2018

Applications Available for Appalachian Students!

2018 Appalachian Regional Commission/Oak Ridge National Laboratory



Calling Appalachian students and teachers for a unique, all-expenses-paid summer STEM learning opportunity!

ARC and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) will hold two hands-on STEM learning programs in July 2018: A high school math-science-technology institute, which is a two-week residential program for students and teachers; and a middle school science academy, which is a one-week residential program just for students.

Both programs offer the opportunity to work with world-class scientists at ORNL's facilities in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. High school and middle school students will conduct guided group science, math, and computer science technology research projects, while high school teachers will work with science practitioners to develop STEM-related curriculum. Activities include lab time and visits to nearby industries, universities, and museums to experience real-world applications of science, math, and technology. Each program culminates in a graduation ceremony showcasing participants' work.

Each year the Governor's Office of Appalachia and the Appalachian Regional Commission send two middle school and two high school students as well as two high school teachers to the Appalachian Regional Commission/Oak Ridge National Laboratory Summer Math-Science-Technology Institute and Summer Science Academy in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The 2018 sessions will take place from July 7 to July 20, 2018 for high school students and teachers; and from July 15 to July 20, 2018 for middle school students. 

Who's Eligible

Middle and high school students and high school teachers from a public school in one of Ohio's 32 Appalachian counties are eligible. To be eligible:

  • High school students must be 16 years of age by July 7, 2018.
  • Middle school students must be between 12 and 14 years old on July 14, 2018.
  • High school teachers (grades 9-12) must plan to teach in the math, science and technology disciplines for the 2017-2018 school year.

What's Included?

  • 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

To apply for the program, students and teachers must complete the required application and return it via mail or delivery to the Governor's Office of Appalachia on or before March 16, 2018. Applications received or postmarked after this date or submitted electronically will not be considered for the program.

Mailed or delivered to the attention of the Governor's Office of Appalachia at: 

Julia Hinten, Appalachia Program Manager
Community Services Division
Ohio Development Services Agency
77 South High Street, 26th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215

 Local Development District Letter of Support

To receive a letter of support from your Eastgate Local Development District contact:

Kathy M Zook
ARC Program Manager

Please make sure you are available to attend the summer institute during the designated dates before submitting your application. For an application to be considered it must be complete and meet the mandatory requirements along with the requirements in the "other considerations" criteria.

Information and Application


  • Learn more about the programs and how to apply in the Summer STEM Programs flyer. Application forms are available for download in the "How to Apply" section of this page. Applications are due March 16


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