What's it like Being an ORISE STEM Researcher? Meet some of the ORISE participants and mentors who are advancing scientific research and discovery

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education administers science education programs on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy and other federal agencies. The diversity of these programs enables individuals—whether undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral or faculty—to conduct collaborative research with national laboratories and partners of federal agencies.

From robotics research to improving the national wastewater infrastructure, ORISE researchers apply their talents and interests to advance research of national interest. Through ORISE internships, fellowships and research appointments, participants get one step closer to reaching their STEM career goals.

Below are just a few of our interns, fellows and former researchers, and these are their stories.

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ORISE Featurecast spotlights all things ORISE

The ORISE Featurecast is a podcast about all things ORISE. Hear from ORISE research program participants and their mentors about their experiences and how they are helping shape the future of science.

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Alexandra Hakala, Ph.D., research geochemist at National Energy Technology Laboratory

HerStory spotlights women in STEM

ORISE is celebrating past ORISE researchers who jumpstarted their careers as ORISE participants and whose STEM expertise is supporting our nation's science and technology missions. These women will tell the stories of discovering their passion for STEM, and share the stories of friends, family and other women who guided them towards a STEM career along the way.

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