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Research Opportunities at National Laboratories

Applicant Class Year: 
First Year
Minimum GPA: 
Program Dependent
Field(s) of Interest: 
Natural Sciences
Time of Opportunity: 
Undergraduate Academic Year
North America
Funding Source: 
Externally-funded opportunity

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) provides 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.

Various programs are available and each has its own qualifications. Applicants are selected based on academic achievements, scientific interests, and career goals. Participants will receive a stipend based on academic level.  Plus some programs provide a housing allowance, and one round trip to and from the lab from your university or home.  Certain eligibility requirements will need to be met in order to be eligible for the housing and travel.  See information provided on web site.