ORNL offers a number of opportunities to visiting faculty to do hands-on research during the summer months. Faculty may be accompanied by up to two students. ORNL’s commitment to diversity in the science workforce encourages faculty from historically black colleges and minority educational institutions to apply. The Higher Education Research Experience (HERE) program allows visiting faculty to participate in research during the summer or on a semester basis.
Historical Black Colleges and Universities/ Minority Education Institutions
Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) cosponsor summer research appointments for faculty of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other Minority Educational Institutions (MEIs). The objective is to increase the number of collaborations and foster long-term between ORNL research staff and HBCU/MEI faculty members. Successful applicants will serve appointments up to 10 weeks at ORNL. Faculty must apply to posted research projects by January 10. There is no citizenship requirement — unless listed within the project posting.
ORNL offers several programs for promising undergraduate students. Students interested in summer, fall, or spring internships can apply to various interdisciplinary and discipline based programs. Programs include the Higher Education Research Experience (HERE), Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis (NSELS), Research Alliance for Math and Science (RAMS), Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI), Volkswagen Scholars, and the Oak Ridge Science Semester, through ORAU and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). In 2011, there were 462 undergraduates actively engaged in research and study, during the summer and throughout the academic year. For more information or to apply to opportunities please visit http://orau.org/ornl.
K-12 Students and Teachers
In 2011, 254 K─12 students and 68 of their teachers were engaged in projects and events at ORNL. Tens of thousands more annually participate in classroom outreach programs organized by the lab and its university partners across the country. Programs for young students include Farming for Fuels, the National Geographic JASON Project, Tectonic Fury, and SNS in the Classroom. The laboratory also offers an Oak Ridge Summer Camp, Siemens Teachers as Researchers, Appalachian Regional Commission programs, and programs for high schools in which students interact with ORNL researchers/mentors.
ORNL has partnered with Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) to create a collaborative science class for students in the eight through twelfth grades. ORNL staff researchers and local science teachers create interactive science presentations and hands-on activities To further engage students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs. This class isn’t just for those already interested and science and parents are welcome! For more information please contact Julia Abbott at ScienceSaturdays@orau.org. The next Science Saturday Program will begin in Fall of 2013.