Stockton University Research and Engineering Apprenticeship Program

Program Overview

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Stockton University's Chemistry Program has been accepted to participate in the Army Research and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (REAP). REAP is a summer STEM program that provides the opportunity for a rising-senior high school student, from an underrepresented population, to work directly with a mentor on a research project at Stockton University. 

The selected student will work on a project in the areas of inorganic chemistry and catalysis. The student will synthesize and characterize new transition metal compounds and evaluate these compounds as catalysts. The student will gain experience in synthetic chemistry and learn a variety of experimental and analytical techniques using state-of-the-art equipment and instrumentation. Once the student is selected to participate in the program, a specific project will be chosen after consultation between the student and Dr. Kalman. 

The accepted scholar must be able to conduct 6-8 weeks (200 hours) of research. Tentatively, REAP at Stockton University will run from June 25 until August 17. Specific dates will be arranged in consultation with program mentor, Dr. Kalman, and the selected student. At the completion of the apprenticeship, the student will be awarded a $1,500 stipend.


Image of high school students working in the Chemistry Lab during a summer session at Stockton University

  • To provide high-school students from groups historically under-represented and underserved in STEM, including alumni of the AEOP’s UNITE program, with an authentic science and engineering research experience.
  • To introduce students to the Army’s interest in science and engineering research and the associated opportunities offered through the AEOP.
  • To provide participants with mentorship from a scientist or engineer for professional and academic development purposes.
  • To develop participants’ skills to prepare them for competitive entry into science and engineering undergraduate programs.


Eligibility and Applicant Requirements

Applicants must be from groups that are underserved and underrepresented in the STEM community. In order to qualify, applicants must be located within commuting distance of Stockton University, have demonstrated an interest in STEM research and demonstrated a potential for a successful career in STEM. Additionally, they must identify meeting two or more of the following criteria:

  • Student self-identifies as qualifying for free or reduced lunch.
  • Student self-identifies as a minority historically underrepresented in STEM (Alaskan Native, Native
  • American, Black or African American, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander)
    Student is a female pursuing research in physical science, computer science, mathematics, or engineering.
  • Student receives special education services.
  • Student has a disability.
  • English is a second language for the student.
  • Student is a potential first-generation college student (parents did not attend college).

Program Milestones


November - February

Student application open

March - April

Selection process


Selected student notified

June - August

Summer apprenticeship



Additional Information

For additional information about the Stockton University Research program, please feel free to contact Dr. Steven Kalman, 609-652-4946.



Applications are submitted through the Army Educational Outreach Program website starting November 1, 2017.