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Research Project Description

Higher Education Research Experiences - Undergraduates (Applications for Fall 2014 and before)
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
Oak Ridge, TN


Project Description:

This posting is for opportunities starting in and prior to Fall 2014. If you are interested in starting after January 1, 2015, a new posting will be available after October 1, 2014.

Higher Education Research Experiences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (HERE at ORNL) provides research opportunities and associated activities for participants at all levels, beginning the term before college entrance through thesis/dissertation research, and higher education faculty.  The program is designed to complement academic programs by utilizing the unique resources of Oak Ridge National Laboratory to enhance science, mathematics, engineering, and technology education; encourage careers in science and technology, and improve scientific literacy.  At the same time, the program contributes to the Laboratory mission.


Participants in HERE at ORNL will be funded by the programmatic funds of the ORNL host research divisions or through funding provided by institutions of higher education. Currently, there are no DOE funds earmarked for education that are available in this program.


General Benefits for Research Participation appointments include:

  • Stipend (determined by category of participant)
  • One round trip between home or school and ORNL, if permanent address is more than 60 miles from Oak Ridge (round trip limited to $500)
  • Housing allowance (for students whose permanent address is more than 60 miles from Oak Ridge) 

Application Deadline

Application is always open for any proposed starting date.  Suggested deadlines (note: application does not close, continue to apply after the deadline date.):

  • Summer:  February 1
  • Fall:  June 1
  • Spring:  October 1


  • 8 to 52 full time weeks consecutively
  • Return for up to 26 weeks with interim academic term
  • Full-time or part-time appointments



  • $500/week paid bi-weekly
  • $125/week housing allowance (for students whose permanent residence is outside a radius of 60 miles of ORNL)


To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident at time of applying (LPRs are subject to DOE clearance approval for laboratory entry) - verification required
  • Be at least 18 years old prior to start of appointment
  • Have a cumulative minimum grade point average of at least 2.5/4.0 - copy of official transcript required
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate at an accredited U.S. college or university in a STEM field or related discipline - verification required
  • Have medical insurance during appointment - verification required


How to Apply:

All of the following must be submitted for the applicant to be considered:

Completed TOppS Profile

HERE Undergraduate Posting

Two references - one academic required

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