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What's Happening at ORISE

  • STEM Competitions for K-12 Educators

    STEAM Song Teacher Competition | K-12 Teacher Competition

    Teachers, are you ready to sing? It’s time to get your creative juices flowing and energy pumping because Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) wants to give you a chance to create a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) song. This song must contain original lyrics and be connected to at least one state or national education standard. Teachers of any grade level or subject are invited to submit a music video with lyrics. THREE teachers will win an iPad and a pair of Raycon wireless earbuds!

    The deadline for this contest is September 30. Visit the STEM Competitions for K-12 Educators page for more info!

  • STEM Competitions for K-12 Students

    Students: Future in STEM Challenge


    What do you want to be when you grow up? There are so many different jobs in the world, from being a geometry teacher to a neurologist or even a rollercoaster engineer! It’s time to get into character because ORISE wants you to tell us all about your future dream STEM job! For this competition, you will pick a specialized occupation and tell us all about it. EIGHT prizes will be awarded with two winners per grade band.

    The deadline for this contest is September 30. Visit the STEM Competitions for K-12 Students page for more info!

  • ORISE celebrates National Postdoc Appreciation Week

    Feature Story

    ORISE celebrates National Postdoc Appreciation Week

    In celebration of our postdoctoral fellows, ORISE is hosting a series of professional development talks and interactive events to celebrate National Postdoc Appreciation Week—September 19-23, 2022! The webinars and panel are open to all interested members of the ORISE community (including all academic and career statuses) and National Postdoctoral Association members (free for ORISE participants).

  • Future of Science Awards

    ORISE names winners of inaugural Future of Science Awards

    Awards were announced by ORISE Director Dr. William J. (Jim) Vosburg during a virtual webinar on September 15, 2022. Watch the video and read more about the winners.

  • IC Postdoc: Julie Spencer

    Research Spotlight

    Multidisciplinary scientist analyzes and forecasts mosquito-borne disease outbreaks in America

    During her doctoral studies, Spencer learned about the ORISE Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (IC Postdoc Program), offering scientists and engineers from a wide variety of disciplines unique opportunities to conduct research relevant to the Intelligence Community. Spencer and her colleagues are fine-tuning ways to predict the spread of disease by forecasting the movement of disease vectors.