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Why Science?

ORNL is proud of its role in fostering the next generation of scientists and engineers. We bring in talented young researchers, team them with accomplished scientists and engineers, and put them to work at the lab's one-of-a-kind facilities. The result is research that makes us proud and prepares them for distinguished careers.

We asked some of these young researchers why they chose a career in science, what they are working on at ORNL, and where they would like to go with their careers.

Guinevere Shaw

Graduate student, Fusion and Materials for Nuclear Systems Division
Ph.D. student, Energy Science and Engineering, University of Tennessee (Bredesen Center)
Hometown: Rocky Mount, Virginia

What are you working on at ORNL?

I am currently collaborating with researchers from the University of Tennessee and ORNL on the ability to quantify fuel-retention mechanisms in tungsten using laser-based characterization techniques.

What would you like to do in your career?

I am interested in staying in the fusion science and technology community after I receive my Ph.D. I plan to apply to the Fusion Energy Sciences Postdoctoral Research Program.

Why did you choose a career in science?

I chose a career in science for my innate curiosity for something much bigger than myself.