Joint Science and Technology Institute West

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The Joint Science and Technology Institute West is a two-week, fully-funded, residential STEM research experience for current high school students in the United States. Participants will engage in research projects mentored by Department of Defense, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratory research scientists and other subject matter experts. The purpose of the institute is to inspire and encourage students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, increase STEM literacy, and expose students to the importance of STEM through hands-on, relevant research.


Information for Applicants

High School Student Information

Eligibility Criteria for High School Student Applicants:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen

  • Must be 16 or older by June 8, 2024

  • Must be entering the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade in the 2024-2025 academic year

  • Must submit a reference contact’s email address on the application to be considered. Requests for a reference are automatically sent as part of your application submission.

  • Must be willing to follow all program rules and policies and all safety instructions.

  • Must be able to participate in all activities for the full program period

  • Must be able to reside on-site throughout the full program (lodging and supervision provided)

  • Applications are accepted from students attending schools in the United States or a DoDEA school outside the United States or students who are home schooled.

  • You will be required to adhere to the existing policies, regulations and procedures of your hosting facility including health and safety requirements.


  • Graduating seniors in spring or summer of 2024 are not eligible.

Learn more about JSTI West from former participants!

JSTI West Final Presentations

Participants in the 2023 Joint Science and Technology Institute West program presented their research projects on Friday, June 23, 2023 at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

Watch the video