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Research Opportunities

Research opportunities at Energy Department labs and facilities:

Argonne Nuclear Science Educational Programs

The mission of Innovate to Educate is to take a leadership role to champion Argonne's mission to transform scientific discovery into innovation, develop and enable education programs that reflect Argonne’s strategic engineering, science, and computational initiatives, and to develop new educational programs based on transformative scientific discovery.

Faculty and Student Teams Program

The Faculty and Student Teams (FaST) Program is a cooperative effort between the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Faculty from colleges and universities with limited research facilities, and from those institutions serving populations underrepresented in the fields of science, engineering, and technology, are encouraged to apply for the FaST program. The FaST program supports teams comprised of one faculty member and 2 – 3 undergraduate students, who undertake hands-on research at DOE National Laboratories during the summer months.

Fossil Energy-Mickey Leland Fellowship Program

The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) is an Internship program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy to provide opportunities to women and under-represented minority students who are pursuing academic majors related to the Fossil Energy mission.

Fossil Energy Technical Career Intern Program

To attract outstanding college graduates into service with the federal government, the Office of Fossil Energy began the Technical Career Intern Program in 2002. The program is intended to collaborate with the nation's top earth sciences and engineering universities to provide a pipeline for future employees who would work in the Office of Fossil Energy.

Oak Ridge Institute for Science Education

ORISE matches participants with research opportunities at national research facilities and administers the appointments. Completing the process, ORISE provides follow-up analysis and evaluation of the programs.

Princeton High Energy Physics Education Programs - Graduate Education

The Princeton University Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) supports graduate education primarily through the Program in Plasma Physics in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences of Princeton University. Students are admitted directly to the Program and are granted degrees through the Department of Astrophysical Sciences. In addition, through the interdepartmental Program in Plasma Science and Technology, PPPL supports students in affiliated engineering and science departments, who pursue research in plasma physics, while satisfying requirements and receiving degrees in their home departments.

Science Community College Institute

This program places students from community colleges in paid internships in Science and Engineering and Technology at any of several different locations (see Choosing a Lab). Because of the comprehensive nature of this program many of the participants have felt it has had an enormous influence on their careers. Students work with scientists or engineers on projects related to the laboratories' research programs. They also attend career planning and numerous training/informational sessions. The different laboratories each offer different research opportunities.

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship

This program places students in paid internships in Science and Engineering at any of several Department of Energy facilities. Many of the participants in the program have decided on a career in science and engineering because of the nature of the experience. Students work with scientists or engineers on projects related to the laboratories' research programs. The different laboratories each offer different research opportunities (see Choosing a Lab).

The summer programs at the various laboratories will run from late May to mid-August, fall programs run from August through December and spring programs from January through May. The exact start date will depend on the laboratory and will be given to participants who have been accepted at that specific laboratory. Students are required to participate for the full term of the program.

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