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The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)/ High School Summer Math-Science-Technology Institute is a two-week summer program that provides high school students and teachers from the Appalachian region the opportunity to work with scientists from ORNL on inquiry-based, applied projects in science, math, and research-related computer technology. The ARC Summer Institute is administered for ARC by ORAU.The ARC Summer Institute culminates with group presentations by students and teachers about their projects and research findings. In addition to research, many other activities are incorporated into the program to promote teamwork, expose students to college opportunities, and promote pride in the cultural richness and historical importance of the Appalachian region.

The goals of the ARC program are to (1) encourage more high school students to continue their studies beyond high school; (2) encourage more students to pursue careers in the projected shortage areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and (3) raise the quality of STEM instruction in high schools throughout the region. Progress in each of these three areas provides economic benefits to the Appalachian region. An overview of the Appalachian Regional Commission and its goals and activities can be found at www.arc.gov.

Applications are now closed for 2019. Please check back in January 2020 for Summer 2020 Institute.

  • “I would recommend it. It was one of the best experiences of my life.”

    —Student 2018
  • “It was one of the best experiences! I made many new friends and learned a lot of new things!”

    —Student 2018
  • “I would highly recommend this program. It was truly eye opening to the amazing world around me.”

    —Student 2018
  • “This was one of the most amazing experiences of my entire life and I am so grateful for everything everyone has done in order for me to get here. Coming here introduced me into the real world. When I left Ohio 2 weeks ago I was super shy and always stuck to myself and had so much trouble finding people with common interests and coming here changed that! Never stop doing this amazing thing for kids all over Appalachia.”

    —Student 2018