Attention undergrads! October STEM scholarship opportunity

There has been a significant increase in usage of nuclear power plants in the past 60 years, which comes along with an increased need for attention on nuclear safety. ORISE is hosting a problem-based challenge to develop a plan to improve nuclear safety for the future. Your proposal could win you a $5,000 scholarship! The deadline for this competition is Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, and winners will be announced late-November.

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Two male workers work behind a radiation controlled area.

Health effects from radiation exposure in former uranium production workers at Mallinckrodt studied as part of Million Worker Study

When data on one million workers is studied, you’re bound to find better methods for radiation protection and uncover answers to elusive questions like “what is the cancer and/or mortality risk when exposure is received gradually over time rather than briefly as for the atomic bomb survivors?”

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What does it take to submit a successful application?

Something that all successful fellowship and internship participants have in common is the experience of submitting an application and ultimately being selected by a research mentor. With the right strategy, you can find, apply to and land the perfect research experience.

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A female undergraduate student performs laboratory research during a STEM-related internship at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

What is peer review?

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) coordinates scientific peer review for the U.S. Department of Energy and other government agencies using a process that helps these agencies assess research proposals for scientific merit and confirm that funding is well allocated. Through expert evaluation by carefully selected reviewers, the peer review process also ensures that research conclusions are credible before they are widely distributed and that project goals have either been met or have progressed enough to be deemed suitable for continued support. 

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Meet an ORISE researcher

Nathan Walker, a participant in the USDA Forest Service Research Participation Program, helps land managers prepare for the impacts of climate change through reports, tools, and other resources. The USFS-RPP helps train a diverse and highly talented pool of scientists and engineers to address agricultural and technology issues in fields of specific interest to the Forest Service.

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A male recent graduate participates in a research fellowship at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Want to perform research at ORNL?

Oak Ridge National Laboratory brings together scientists across a broad range of disciplines to tackle some of the most challenging problems in energy, global security, basic science and applied research. Whether you are a recent graduate, graduate student, undergraduate, K-12 student/teacher or faculty member, ORNL has a program that will engage you in a great scientific learning experience. 

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What does ORISE do to support DOE and its national laboratories?

Learn more about how ORISE accomplishes its mission, the ORISE pillars of success, and each of ORISE’s capability areas.

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Learn more about ORISE and how we’re supporting DOE and other federal agencies’ missions to strengthen the nation’s science education and research initiatives.