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Applications being accepted for research opportunities with Higher Education Research Experiences program

ORAU-administered program gives students, recent graduates and faculty opportunities to collaborate with scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Jan. 12, 2017

Malaney Abel, HERE at ORNL Program participant

Malaney Abel, a participant in the Higher Education Research Experiences (HERE) program, and recent graduate of Western Illinois University, at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is investigating a bacterium that could improve ethanol production at a fraction of the cost. She researches independently under the guidance of her mentor and alongside peers.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) currently is seeking college students, recent graduates and faculty for paid research opportunities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory ¬†through the Higher Education Research Experiences program.

This workforce development program offers research opportunities and associated activities in a wide variety of disciplines that include business, physics, social and behavioral sciences, earth and geosciences, engineering, and mathematics and statistics. The goal is to give researchers like Malaney Abel, a recent participant, the chance to experience research or technical projects that can bring solutions to pressing national scientific problems while researching side-by-side with prestigious scientists and engineers.

“During my time at ORNL I acquired many skills that will continue to aid in my development as a scientist,” said Abel. “I feel my experiences will have a lasting impact on me. I highly recommend the HERE program to others.”

Appointments will be located at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and generally take place during the summer; part-time appointments may occur during the semester depending on the requirements of the project. The program provides stipends based on academic level or certified academic salary for faculty, as well as limited travel and housing assistance, if eligible.

Applications are open year round and appointments are made throughout the year with flexible start and end dates.

To be eligible, applicants must be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident and at least 18 years of age. For more information on eligibility requirements please visit the HERE at ORNL program website.

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