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Welcome to the Joint Science and Technology Institute (JSTI)

In summer 2016, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency will host three Joint Science and Technology Institutes in Edgewood, Maryland:

1. Joint Science and Technology Institute for High School Students, July 23 – August 5, 2016

2. Joint Science and Technology Institute for High School Teachers, July 23 – August 5, 2016

3. Joint Science and Technology Institute for Middle School Students (JSTI-MS), July 31 – August 5, 2016 (pilot program)

Applications are open now for all three Institutes.

High School Student Information

The Joint Science and Technology Institute for Students is a two-week, all expenses paid, residential program for current high school students in the United States. Students will participate in research projects mentored by Department of Defense research scientists. The purpose of the program is to expose students to scientific research through hands-on projects, to enable students to work with real-world scientists, and to increase studentsí awareness of career opportunities in related fields.

Teacher Information

The Joint Science and Technology Institute for Teachers is a two-week, residential program for current high school STEM teachers. JSTI provides teachers with world–class laboratory research experiences with research scientists. Teachers will learn to integrate research experiences into their classroom, experience the interdisciplinary nature of research, and increase the teachers’ awareness of career opportunities in related fields.

Middle School Students

The Joint Science and Technology Institute for Middle School Students (JSTI-MS) is a one-week residential STEM challenge program that provides middle school students the opportunity to solve and complete projects in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The purpose of the program is to provide students with an opportunity to solve STEM challenges while working as a member of a small team. The hands-on projects provide students with access to real-world scientists and serve as a way to increase students’ interest in STEM and awareness of career opportunities in related fields.

Follow the Institutes

Here, you can access daily news, learn something about the participants in this summer’s program, review information about the projects and find pictures of participants “in action.”

Information will be updated frequently, so check back soon for more!

Eligibility Requirements for 2016 JSTI

Eligibility for high school students:

  • Student must be 15 by July 1, 2016
  • Student must be a U.S. citizen
  • Student must be a high school student in the 10th, 11th, or 12th grades next year (2016-2017 school year)
  • Student must have a teacher recommendation
  • Student must be willing to work cooperatively in a group and follow instructions

Eligibility for middle school students:

  • Middle school student must be 11 by July 1, 2016
  • Middle school student must be a U. S. citizen
  • Middle school student must be in the 6th, 7th, or 8th grade NEXT year (2016-2017 academic year)
  • Middle school student must have a teacher recommendation
  • Middle school student must be willing to work cooperatively in a group and follow instructions
  • Middle school students must be in schools located in Virginia, Maryland, or Washington, D.C.

Eligibility for teachers:

  • Current high school teacher of science or math
  • Plan to continue as a classroom teacher of science or math during the 2016-2017 academic year
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Available to participate in all program activities

Application

Applications are now closed for 2016.

Contact Information

Marie Westfall
Marie.Westfall@orau.org
(865) 576-3425

Frequently Asked Questions

See our list of frequently asked questions for answers to the most commonly asked questions from JSTI applicants.

Participants

For the 2016 Institute, 10 teachers and 60 students will be selected.

Research Projects

Here you can read about the different projects in which the teachers and students participated.

Activities

In addition to the research projects, tours and other activities are included in the JSTI. Check these out!