Stockton University Research and Engineering Apprenticeship Program

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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 rising-senior and rising-junior high school students, from an underrepresented population, to work directly with a mentor on a research project at Stockton University. For summer 2020, Stockton University has funding to host two students. 

The selected students will work on projects involving the chemistry of light, such as the study of how light impacts organic reactions and the development of metal complexes for organic light emitting diodes. The students will gain experience in synthetic chemistry and learn a variety of experimental and analytical techniques using state-of-the-art equipment and instrumentation. 

The accepted scholars must be able to conduct 6-8 weeks (200 hours) of research. Tentatively, REAP at Stockton University will run from June 22 until August 7. Specific dates will be arranged in consultation with program mentors, Dr. Ki and Dr. Pemberton, and the selected students. The apprenticeship is a paid position. At the end of the apprenticeship, students will receive a stipend equivalent to $10/hour for their work.

Applications are now closed.



Additional Information

Contact Dr. Barry Pemberton



  • 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.




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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 (Galloway campus), 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


Student application open

Selection process

Selected student notified

Summer apprenticeship

December - March 15

March - April 


June - August