Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has a long history and interest in providing hands-on research experiences to students at all academic levels. Over the years, these research experience programs have enhanced students’ academic curricula and at the same time have helped the Laboratory (1) develop its own workforce and (2) contribute to the national vision for excellence in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology. ORNL is a multi-program science and technology laboratory managed for the U.S. Department (DOE) by UT-Battelle, LLC. Scientists and engineers at ORNL conduct basic and applied research and development to create scientific knowledge and technological solutions that strengthen the nation’s leadership in key areas of sciences, engineering, mathematics, and technology. ORNL scientists are also fully supportive of their responsibility to help mentor the next generation of scientists.
This program is open to U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents who are currently enrolled in an A.S. or B.S. degree program with a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0, including those who have completed a B.S. within the past year. Opportunities are available for 10 to 12 weeks during the summer term; some sabbatical appointments lasting 6 to 12 months, plus some intermittent appointments, also are available.
Participants in HERE at ORNL will be funded by programmatic funds of the ORNL host research divisions or through funding provided by institutions of higher education. Currently, there are no DOE funds earmarked for education that are available in this program.
General Benefits for Research Participation appointments include:
- Stipend (determined by category of participant)
- One round trip between home or school and ORNL
- Housing allowance (for students whose permanent address is more than 60 miles from Oak Ridge)
Research Areas Available
In completing your application, you will be asked to review the scope of research conducted at ORNL and specify up to three research areas in which you are interested.
This cooperative research initiative is geared toward students in physics and nuclear engineering. There are no citizenship requirements. Summer applications must be received by March 1 for a 10-week appointment.
Eligibility: The ORNL NESLS program is open to faculty and full- or part-time engineering students enrolled at a U.S. university at the time of appointment. All awards and active participation in the program are contingent upon security access approval to Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Qualifications: Student applicants will be chosen on the basis of academic performance, class standing, career goals, recommendations, and compatibility of educational interests and abilities with the needs of ORNL.
Application Procedure: Applications for the summer program must be submitted prior to the February 28 program deadline. A limited number of slots are available during fall and winter sessions. Applicants may apply for NESLS via the online application form.
Selection: The award will be based on mentor’s selection and project funding availability. Applicants will be notified of acceptance on or around April 15 for the summer session.
Duration: The award is an appointment of approximately 10 weeks. Renewals are limited.
Benefits: Travel to and from (max $500); Housing allowance of $125/week if located more than 60 miles from laboratory.
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