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Research Project Catalog

Welcome to the Research Project Catalog for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Educational Programs’ summer 2022 opportunities. Students submitting an application to the Undergraduate Research Summer Internship or the Graduate Research Summer Internship are required to select at least one, but no more than three projects. Review the list below to determine which projects you are most interested in for your internship.

This project catalog will be updated throughout the application period until February 25, 2022. If you do not see any projects of interest to you, check back often for updates.

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Project Title Citizenship Project Code Posted Date Posted Datetime Internship Location Academic Level Disciplines Description

US LPR or US Citizen Warren1 01/13/2022 1642050000000 Oak Ridge, TN; remote possible Undergraduate Climate Change Science and Atmospheric Science

Project Description:

This project will expose the intern to research on how forested ecosystems respond to climate change, particularly related to plant ecophysiology and water relations. In our land surface models, water use is directly related to net carbon uptake which has direct impacts on projections of future climate forcing. Reductions in soil water availability (due to drought), increases in atmospheric demand for water (due to increased temperature), and increased atmospheric CO2 interact to drive plant ecophysiological responses to climate change. The summer 2022 research internship will focus on how a southern boreal forest responds to elevated temperature and CO2 treatments as part of the SPRUCE climate change experiment (https://mnspruce.ornl.gov/).

Learning Objectives:

The internship will provide the opportunity for the student to collaborate with ORNL and affiliated project researchers, technical staff and students. Through project wide meetings, the student will be exposed to current and developing science from all aspects of the SPRUCE project, as well as other projects spearheaded by the Climate Change Science Institute. Learning objectives for the applicant include developing a basic understanding of forest ecophysiology and cutting-edge research directions and acquiring skills in image processing and data analysis. The independent research project will involve assessing plant community health, foliar characteristics and plant water status across the forested SPRUCE climate manipulation plots utilizing aerial imagery and multi-spectral data in conjunction with environmental and physiological data from the automated sensor network.

Internship Location:

Oak Ridge, TN. Remote participation may be required

Core Competencies: Climate Change Science and Atmospheric Science

Desired Education Level(s):

  • Undergraduate

Mentor:

  • Jeff Warren
    warrenjm@ornl.gov

None Meilleur1 01/13/2022 1642050000000 Oak Ridge, TN; remote possible Undergraduate Large Scale User Facilities / Advanced Instrumentation

Project Description:

The aim of the project is to characterize how metallo-enzymes activate molecular dioxygen or hydrogen peroxide to insert oxygen atoms into their substrates. X-ray an neutron crystallography are the methods of choice to determine precise and complete protein structures are the atomic level. Experiments perform at cryogenic temperature allow instable reaction intermediates to be captured and characterize. The project will include hands-on experiments (protein preparation, crystallization, data collection) and computational data analysis (data reduction, structure refinement).

Learning Objectives:

The participant will learn how to prepare proteins for crystallization, handle protein crystals, collect crystallographic data and refine crystallographic structures.

The participant will learn to maintain data in a laboratory note book, handle large data set, use academic software to treat data and interpret results and to present results. 

The participant will learn how to apply their educational background in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, physics or mathematics to address fundamental questions relevant to current societal challenges.

Internship Location:

Oak Ridge, TN. Remote participation may be required

Core Competencies: Large Scale User Facilities / Advanced Instrumentation

Desired Education Level(s):

  • Undergraduate

Mentor:

  • Flora Meilleur
    meilleurf@ornl.gov

US Citizen Tyler1 01/13/2022 1642050000000 Oak Ridge, TN Undergraduate Mechanical Design and Engineering

Project Description:

Shape memory alloys (SMAs), such as NiTi, are two-phase super elastic materials that are known to undergo shape changes when phase changes occur. A unique material property that is being studied is the inherent high damping capacity combined with the relatively high strength. This project will compare the increased dynamic performance of additively manufactured SMAs to common manufacturing cutting too alloys. A novel additively manufactured cutting tool will be designed using a SMA to increase the cutting performance of a comparable conventional cutting tool.

Learning Objectives:

This project will educate the participant in fundamental dynamic testing and characterization of structures, applying this testing to prediction of machining process performance, and design of cutting tools. By reporting research progress weekly in our group meetings, they will gain expertise in technical communication and better appreciate team-based research efforts.

Internship Location:

Oak Ridge, TN. In the event that on-site appointments are restricted, this project may not be available.

Core Competencies: Mechanical Design and Engineering

Desired Education Level(s):

  • Undergraduate

Mentor:

  • Christopher Tyler
    tylerct@ornl.gov

The name and contact information of the hosting site internship coordinator is provided for further assistance with questions regarding the hosting site; local housing availability, cost, or roommates; local transportation; security clearance requirements; internship start and end dates; and other administrative issues specific to that research facility. If you contact the internship coordinator, identify yourself as an applicant to the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Minority Serving Institutions Internship Program (MSIIP).

Interns will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORNL, ORAU/ORISE or DOE. No commitment with regard to later employment is implied or should be inferred.