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Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis program accepting applications for spring, summer 2017

Opportunity provides students with research experience at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

December 20, 2016

Briana Hiscox

Massachusetts Institute of Technology student Briana Hiscox spent her summer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis program studying accident-tolerant nuclear fuels, or fuels designed to minimize the likelihood of nuclear overheating and meltdown. Hiscox, pictured here with prismatic fuel element blocks, hopes to return to the lab as a full time employee after she obtains her doctorate degree in nuclear engineering.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Students interested in spending next spring or summer expanding their experience in nuclear engineering or science research can apply now for upcoming research opportunities being offered through the Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis (NESLS). NESLS, a cooperative research initiative at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) that is administered through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), is accepting applications for spring and summer 2017.

NESLS offers students like Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Briana Hiscox, hands-on educational and research opportunities in areas that may include nuclear security technologies; nuclear systems analysis, design and safety; and fuels, isotopes, and nuclear materials. Other features of the internship include:

  • Stipend based on academic status, ranging from $529-$935 per week for full-time; pro-rated for part-time
  • Travel/housing assistance (based on eligibility)

To be eligible, students must be enrolled at an accredited U.S. college or university in a nuclear engineering, science, or eligible related field with a 3.0/4.0 cumulative GPA at the time of appointment. Community college students must be working toward an Associate of Science or Associate of Engineering degree. All awards and active participation in the program are contingent upon security access approval to ORNL.

For the spring 2017 internships, applicants must apply by Jan. 6, 2016, and for the summer 2017 opportunities, applicants must apply by Feb. 28, 2017. All applications must be submitted through the online application system. Students can also visit for more information on this program and other educational opportunities that are currently seeking applicants.

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