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What's Happening at ORISE

  • STEM Competitions for K-12 Educators

    Educators: Season of STEM Activity Plan Competition

    As the holiday season approaches, the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) wants your help to provide STEM activity plans for students that can be completed at home during the holidays. Teachers of any grade level or subject are invited to submit a STEM activity plan that incorporates household items for an opportunity to win supplies to start or enhance your own classroom makerspace! THREE teachers will be awarded a fabulous classroom makerspace filled with maker tools and supplies!

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

  • STEM Competitions for K-12 Students

    K-5th Graders: Attitude of Gratitude: What STEM discovery am I thankful for?

    ORISE wants to know what scientific discovery or invention YOU are thankful for! It is November and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Ask yourself “what STEM discovery am I thankful for and why? How has it helped me and other people?” We want you to show us your thoughts by creating a poster demonstrating the STEM discovery of your choice, the scientist/inventor of that discovery, and why you are thankful for it. Enter for a chance to win the prizes!

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

  • STEM Competitions for K-12 Students

    6th-12th Graders: Into an Alternate Universe Student Challenge

    ORISE wants to know YOUR “what if.” It is November and Thanksgiving is just around the corner, so ORISE wants you to ask yourself “what STEM discovery am I thankful for? What if it was never discovered? How would the world be different without it?” Show us your thoughts by researching a discovery or invention and creating a movie poster demonstrating what the world would look like without the STEM discovery of your choice for a chance to win prizes!

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

  • Katherine McCormick, Ph.D., adjusts a mirror to steer a laser beam onto an atom

    Webinar: Effective Strategies to Make Your Application Shine!

    Are you applying to internship and fellowship programs and finding that your application is missing that "Wow" feature that really makes you stand out? We understand that submitting a competitive application can be challenging, which is why you should join us on November 10, 2022 at 3:00pm for the ORISE panel discussion on Effective Strategies to Make Your Application Shine! The panelists in this session will be sharing their own experience and expertise with you on how to bolster your application for that next opportunity. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions and receive live feedback. The time to improve your application is now, so don't wait, Register here: Webinar Registration - Zoom (zoomgov.com)

  • Female student taking part undergraduate science internship

    Feature Story

    Undergraduate scholarship opportunity

    ORISE is hosting a research-based challenge for undergraduate students! The challenge is for students to develop an infographic to communicate the current leading ways to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Thorough submissions will include research on at least four current carbon dioxide removal methods, as well as research on new developments in carbon dioxide removal. Your infographic could win you a $5,000 scholarship! The deadline for this competition is Wednesday, November 30, 2022, and winners will be announced late-December.

  • ORNL: Ngozi Akingbesote

    Research Spotlight

    Oak Ridge National Laboratory fellow finds ways to make cancer treatments more effective

    From her early roots in advanced high school science classes, to finding her research family in the lab, Ngozi Akingbesote is gaining valuable new skills and advancing cancer treatments along the way.