STEM Summer Programs for Teachers & Students: Apply before March 4, 2022

Published on: Wednesday January 26th, 2022

ARC Accepting Applications for Summer Study Programs in Entrepreneurship and STEM for Region’s Middle and High School Students

New York State (NYS), the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) invites STEM teachers and eligible HS & MS students to apply for 2022’s ARC & ORNL Summer STEM Program.

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is now accepting applications for two summer opportunities: the Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy (AEA) and the ARC/Oak Ridge Summer STEM Program in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Both programs are free intensive learning experiences specifically for the Region’s high school and/or middle school students. sponsoring two all-expense paid, mid-summer, residential hands-on learning programs at the nation’s prestigious Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), located 25 miles from Knoxville, Tennessee, for selected STEM teachers and high school and middle school students.

Students and STEM teachers are eligible to apply from NYS’s ARC Region  -- Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, and Tompkins counties.

The Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy (AEA), developed in partnership with Appalachian State University, EntreEd, and STEM West, prepares the next generation of regional entrepreneurial leaders and thinkers. High school students from across Appalachia will be selected to participate in an intensive learning curriculum designed to cultivate creativity, sharpen business acumen, and develop skills essential for entrepreneurial success. AEA will be held from July 9-23, 2022. If COVID restrictions allow, the program will be held in person at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. More information and application materials are available at

The Appalachian STEM Academy is a hands-on learning experience for Appalachia’s middle and high 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. Working with award-winning scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 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. Many students gain their first exposure to applied science and STEM education through this experience. This program will be held from July 9-22, 2022, for high school students and teachers and July 16-22, 2022, for middle school students. If COVID restrictions allow, the program will be held in person in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. More information and application materials are available at

Applications for both opportunities are due March 4, 2022.

All applicants must be US citizens. Preference may be shown to applicants from schools in economically distressed communities or schools with high free-or-reduced-lunch eligibility.

Recent scholarships: 

Broome County (4 students, 2 teacher) & Chenango County (2 students, 2 teachers) & Cortland County (6 students, 2 teachers) & Delaware County (3 students, 1 teacher) Otsego County (6 students) & Schoharie County (3 students) & Tioga County (1 student, 2 teachers) & Tompkins County (2 students).