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Podcast: Near-Peer Mentors with AEOP’s GEMS Program

Monica Chu, a Near-Peer Mentor with the GEMS program, talks about a STEM enrichment program of the US Army Education Outreach Program or AEOP.

Published On: January 2018

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(Jonna)

Hi, I’m Jonna Gerken, FY18 President of the Society of Women Engineers, and this is SWE’s Diverse podcast series. Please remember to add this podcast to your iTunes and like or follow us on social media. Visit swe.org for more details.

Joining me now is Monica Chu. She was a Near-Peer Mentor with Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and the GEMS program, which stands for Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science. It’s is a STEM enrichment program of the US Army Education Outreach Program or AEOP. Participating labs host week long Biomedical and/or Engineering programs for middle and high school students.

Thanks for joining us, Monica.

(Questions)

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

What did you/are you studying in school?

What are your future goals?

How did you become interested in STEM?

What made you want to give back and get others excited in STEM?

How have you worked with the GEMS / WRAIR GEMS program?

Can you tell us a little about how it works?

How does someone volunteer with the program like you?

What is the role of a volunteer?

How do students find a local program site?

What would you tell a student who is interested in pursuing STEM?

Any final thoughts?

(Conclusion) 

Monica, thank you so much for joining us.

For SWE, I’m Jonna Gerken. Thanks for listening to this podcast.

About AEOP GEMS

GEMS is a STEM enrichment program of the USAEOP (US Army Education Outreach Program). Participating labs host week long Biomedical and/or Engineering programs for middle and high school students. Utilizing a fun hands-on approach, GEMS aims to nurture interest and excitement in STEM.  One of the goals of GEMS is to serve historically underrepresented and underserved groups.

Near Peer Mentors (NPMs) are college students in STEM fields, interested in education and outreach who serve as mentors and instructors.  Being closer in age to the GEMS participants, one of the biggest advantages of the NPM is they serve as role models.

Get more information on GEMS here.

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