Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program

For more than 20 years, the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program has provided students with fellowship opportunities to gain hands-on research experience with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy. The MLEF program was created in 1995 with the goal of improving opportunities for under-represented students in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields; however, all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.

The mission of the MLEF program is to strengthen a diverse pipeline of future STEM professionals, and this program has mentored several hundred of the best and brightest students from across the nation for future careers in STEM.

Selected candidates train under the mentorship of program officials and scientists on focused research projects, consistent with the mission of the Office of Fossil Energy. During these 10-week energy fellowships, participants receive a stipend, and some students may be eligible for housing and travel allowances for the duration of the program. They also gain insight into how DOE is working to meet the energy challenges of the future.

At the conclusion of the program, Fellows attend a “Technical Forum” where they present their research findings and tour a nearby technical site.

Apply now for the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program!
Deadline is December 30, 2016.

Applicant Information

Information for Applicants to the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship

This section provides details on eligibility for the program, the application process, and all of the required information needed to be considered for the program. Applicants should read this section before starting the application.

Apply now for the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program!
Deadline is December 30, 2016.

Selected Fellows: Appointment Overview

Information for Current Fellows in the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship

Once selected for the MELF program, it is important that you carefully review this section which should address many of the questions you may have regarding your participation in the MLEF program. 

Meet a Fellow: Research Experiences at MLEF

  • Andrew Bean

    Andrew Bean used his background in geology to catalog the various geological samples housed at the National Energy Technology Laboratory as a participant of the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship. He spent his summer meeting with experts and characterizing methods of storage and indexing these samples for more efficient use. Read more about Andrew…
  • Jordan Bordonaro

    Jordan Bordonaro participated in the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship, researching a method to effectively evaluate the validity of various super critcal CO2 heat exchanger/power cycle projects. This research helps government agencies determine which projects to fund. In the photo above, Bodonaro stands with her mentor, Briggs White, at a poster presentation. Read more about Jordan…
  • Isis Fukai

    As a participant in the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program, administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, which is managed by ORAU for the U.S. Department of Energy, Isis Fukai is utilizing infrared-spectroscopy and scanning-electron-microscopy to determine the viability of gas shales to store carbon dioxide. Read more about Isis…
  • Annie Sheppard

    Through the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program, Annie Sheppard contributed to the U.S. Department of Energy’s efforts to reduce methane emissions from natural gas networks. The MLEF Program is administered by ORAU through its contract with the DOE to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. Read more about Annie…
  • Lindsay Holdman

    Through the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program, mathematics major Lindsay Holdman was able to expand the boundaries of her thinking while researching the conductivity of solid electrolytes. Read more about Lindsay…
  • Jessica Farrell

    As a participant of the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) program, Jessica Farrell developed a method to evaluate the potential of Carbon Capture and Storage as a way to decrease coal-fired power plant emissions. (Photo courtesy of Jeremy Gibbs, a Mickey Leland Energy Fellow) Read more about Jessica…
  • Andrew Sisler

    As a participant in the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program, Andrew Sisler improved gas turbine engine cooling and reduced oxygen loss from a combustion system. The MLEF Program is administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. Read more about Andrew…
  • Wendy Kussmann

    Through her experience with the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program, Wendy Kussmann gained more direction for her goals after she graduates from college. She joined the DM Petroleum Operations division of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to provide real-time access to individual employee training needs using a SAP Human Capital Management system. Read more about Wendy…
  • Matthew Grasinger

    As a participant of the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) program, Matthew Grasinger helped reduce the risks associated with geological carbon sequestration. Read more about Matthew…
  • Julia Wittkamper

    As a participant in the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship program, Julia Wittkamper used pulsed laser deposition technology to create gas sensors which can withstand temperatures reaching 900 C (165 F). The MLEF Program is administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. Read more about Julia…
  • Charlene Lawson

    While at Sandia National Laboratory (Sandia) as a Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program participant, Charlene Lawson had the opportunity to join a team in the development of a new tool that effectively monitors hydrogen chloride in the exhaust plumes of coal-fired plants. Read more about Charlene…
  • Daniel Peluso

    Daniel Peluso and his colleague Andrew Bean are shown cataloging geo-samples at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). As a participant in the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) program, Peluso helped develop a plan for improved curation and organizational practices at NETL. Read more about Daniel…
  • Wyatt Adams

    Wyatt Adams participated in the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) alongside his mentor Ethan Hecht at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, Calif. The focus of Adams’ research was to gather information about the oxy-combustion of coal, a potential coal-burning process that can lessen the negative impact on the environment. The MLEF Program is administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. Read more about Wyatt…
  • Allante Harrison

    As a participant in DOE’s Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program, Allante Harrison constructed different models to assess the Marcellus Shale gas well, located near Marcellus, N.Y. The MLEF Program is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, which is managed by ORAU for DOE. Read more about Allante…
  • LaDena A. Bolton

    As a participant in the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) program, LaDena A. Bolton tried to improve the conductivity of the solid electrolyte in high performance batteries through testing various lithium rich compounds at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). The MLEF Program is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), which is managed by ORAU for the U.S. Department of Energy. Read more about LaDena…
  • Virginia Jimenez

    Through the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program, Virginia Jimenez used National Instruments LabView programming software to automate a high temperature and high pressure system for sensor testing. The MLEF program is administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. Read more about Virginia…
  • Brenna Doherty

    Brenna Doherty spent her summer as a research participant in the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship program. She conducted research with her mentor, Nicolas Huerta, with the goal of increasing the viability of the NRAP modeling software used to track the movement of carbon dioxide underground. She hopes her work will one day ensure the environmental consciousness and economic success of the fossil fuel industry by providing an accurate means to mitigate sequestered CO2 leakage. (Photo courtesy of Nicolas Huerta) Read more about Brenna…
  • Tracy Tran

    Tracy Tran spent her summer conducting research at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, studying the corrosive effects of atmospheric chloride. Read more about Tracy…