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The Higher Education Research Experiences (HERE) Program provides college students, recent graduates and faculty with opportunities to participate in cutting-edge research and technical projects at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

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GRADUATE STUDENTS: Conduct research in areas that support ORNL missions in the basic and applied sciences, energy, and environment through the Advanced Short-Term Research Opportunity (ASTRO) internship program.

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The DOE College Community Internship program seeks to encourage community college students to enter technical careers relevant to the DOE mission by providing 10-week internships at a DOE laboratory.

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Meet a Participant

One of the best ways to learn about the opportunities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is through the eyes of a past participant in the Science Education and Workforce Development Programs at ORNL.

Pedro Junior Vicente Valdez

Pedro Junior Vicente Valdez – ASTRO

Through the Advanced Short-Term Research Opportunity (ASTRO) internship program, doctoral student Pedro Junior Vicente Valdez used computer modeling techniques to simulate the removal of fission products in molten salt reactors.

Pedro Junior Vicente Valdez

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Stephen Jon Quiton – HERE

Stephen Jon Quiton – HERE

During an internship through the Higher Education Research Experiences (HERE) Program, undergraduate student Stephen Jon Quiton used quantum chemical computations to simulate the separation of two heavy elements. 

Stephen Jon Quiton – HERE
Brittany Hicks – GEM

Brittany Hicks – GEM

Recent graduate Brittany Hicks studied microbial interactions in poplar tree soil samples during an internship at ORNL through the GEM Fellowship Program.

Brittany Hicks – GEM