Army Research Laboratory (ARL) - Aberdeen Proving Ground Site - CCDC


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Bldg 321 Rm 110
Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21005-5201
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The U.S. Army Research Laboratory is part of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, which has the mission to lead in the discovery, development and delivery of the technology-based capabilities required to make Soldiers more lethal to win our Nation's wars and come home safely. CCDC is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Futures Command.


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ARL’s mission is to discover, innovate, and transition science and technology to ensure dominant strategic land power. Its vision is to be the nation's premier laboratory for land forces.

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eCYBERMISSION is a unique Web-based science, math, and technology competition that allows students in grades six through nine to compete nationwide via the Internet and in Department of Defense (DoD) Educational Activities. It encourages and rewards a diverse range of proficiency levels, interests, and backgrounds. ARL employees serve as ambassadors, cyber guides, and virtual judges.

FIRST is a high school robotics team competition that combines the spirit of an athletic competition with an engineering challenge to help high school students discover how interesting and rewarding the life of engineers and researchers can be. Teams plan, design, prototype, and build a robot and then compete in an engineering challenge that looks like a high-tech sporting event.

Established in 2010, this high school initiative provides juniors and seniors with a paid apprenticeship in a university laboratory conducting Army-funded research. Students work up to 300 hours under the guidance of a principal investigator. The number of universities and internships available varies based on funding. In its pilot year, HSAP placed 57 apprentices at 26 universities throughout the United States.

JSHS is a tri-service sponsored annual high school science competition designed to encourage and develop oral presentation skills and the ethical conduct of original research. JSHS awards scholarships to highly talented students from across the nation. ARL scientists and engineers serve as judges in the Maryland regional and national competitions, provide laboratory tours to participants, and conduct roundtable discussions with students at the national competition.

On behalf of the Department of the Army, ARL distributes Army special awards for regional, state and international high school science fairs. Army special awards include medallions, savings bonds, and certificates of achievement. ARL coordinates local Army representation as judges or awards presenters at many of the high school science fairs held throughout the United States, including taking a team of judges to the International fair to select 17 best-in-category awards.

SEAP is an eight-week summer program for high school students. The SEAP is designed to engage high school students in hands-on activities and student/mentor relationships that encourage careers in science and engineering. This program builds upon the foundations from prior years of laboratory experience reinforcing the idea that taking advanced classes now will provide opportunities for college. It allows students to apprentice in fields of their choice with experienced scientists and engineers. SEAP provides students with valuable knowledge and skills needed to make informed career decisions. At ARL, students apprentice in a professional environment and learn how their work can benefit the Army as well as the civilian community.

The UNITE program provides high school students with the opportunity to participate in college-structured summer courses that feature hands-on applications, participation in lectures, problem solving techniques, and tours of private and governmental laboratory and engineering facilities. Students receive classroom instruction in courses such as chemistry, physics, algebra, and calculus. They are introduced to math and science applications and how these applications are applied to real-world situations. The students are also shown how these applications are related to careers in engineering and technology. The UNITE program is designed to support socially and economically disadvantaged high school students.

This high school initiative places particular emphasis on students from historically under-represented groups, and motivates students toward a career in science, mathematics, or technology by providing them with challenging science experiences that are not readily available in high school. Students have hands-on experience during the summer months in an actual research environment at a local university with research investigators. The number of universities and internships available varies based on funding. On average, 100 students are placed in apprenticeships through REAP each year.

CQL provides a paid internship opportunity for college students in one of several Army research laboratories. These internships typically last for six months or more. Students do not have to have previous experience in SEAP to apply for CQL.

2013 SEAP-CQL Program: Potential research topics are listed here.

To apply, visit If you have a research topic preference, please include details in Part 4 of the online application, in the "Why do you want to work in a lab this summer?" field.

For undergraduate, graduate and doctorate students to intern in their fields of study. For more information, contact ARL's parent organization, the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command at 410-436-4883/4878, or visit


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