AFRL Scholar Program

What is the AFRL Scholar Program?

The AFRL Scholar Research Assistant program is an Air Force Research Laboratory initiative designed to expose high school juniors and seniors to various disciplines of engineering and science in an effort to further their interest in future STEM career options. AFRL Scholars are competitively selected to work as full-time, paid interns for 9 weeks during the summer. Selected students are assigned to a workplace and mentor to work on a research project for the duration of their internship. The GRILL is one of the workplaces where AFRL Scholars are assigned to work. AFRL Scholars that have expressed interest in computer science, engineering, and aerospace often are assigned to The GRILL.

What do AFRL Scholars do at the GRILL?

When at the GRILL, AFRL Scholars get to choose a simulation to develop from a list of projects. Then that AFRL Scholar, along with the others who chose that project, work together using off-the-shelf gaming technology such as Unreal Engine and Unity to create their simulation. All projects given to AFRL Scholars are real projects, which have been requested by customers of The GRILL. AFRL Scholars must communicate with the customer, implement the customer's requests in their simulation, and turn in a final copy to the customer at the end of the season. You can see previous projects done by AFRL Scholars in our projects page. (Note: Not all projects listed were done by AFRL Scholars)

Example Of An AFRL Scholar Project

Over the summer of 2020, AFRL Scholars made this VR simulation of the laser dazzle effect. The user must perform tasks normally, then perform them again with a virtual laser shining in their eyes intermittently.


AFRL Scholar working on Laser Dazzle (2020)

AFRL Scholar demonstrating the Satellite Ops project (2021)

AFRL Scholars talking with team leads (2020)

AFRL Scholar calibrating the EFAST trainer simulation (2020)

AFRL Scholars modifying the Multi-UAV Sim (2020)

AFRL Scholar testing the AR Maintenance Trainer (2021)

AFRL Scholar presenting VR Straining project (2021)

AFRL Scholars resolving Git merge conflicts (2020)