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Undergraduate Research Opportunities

ORISE offers summer internships and scholarships each year for students working toward their bachelor of science degree

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) sponsors more than 50 research programs for undergraduate students at national laboratories and other federal research facilities in 24 states and some outside the United States. So whether you are seeking a summer internship, a scholarship to help fund your academic progress, or a longer-term research position to provide hands-on laboratory experience, ORISE has a program for you.

Current Opportunities for Undergraduates

In addition to the full slate of scholarships, internships, and other research positions ORISE sponsors for undergraduates, there are also a limited number of positions with immediate availability for students currently pursuing their bachelor’s degrees.

Below is a list of those undergraduate opportunities which can be sorted by position title or sponsoring agency. Additionally, you can search the listings for keywords related to your specific area of interest or experience.

Undergraduate student in research lab

Undergraduate Research Experiences

Want to learn more about research opportunities for undergraduates offered through ORISE?

Browse through the following profiles of actual past undergrad research participants to learn more:


Current Research Opportunities for Undergraduates

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Opportunity Number Opportunity Title Organization
ARS-FNPRU-2016-0052-07 Postgraduate Research Opportunity - Horticulture U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
DHS-SREFSA-2016-Student DHS Summer Research Experiences Program for Federal Service Academies- Student U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
ARS-FNPRU-2016-0052-06 Plant Biology/Microscopy Research Opportunity U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
FDA-CDER-2016-0014 MIT Practice School Fellowship - CDER U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
CDC-NCEH-2016-0011 Biochemical Markers Fellowship Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
FDA-CDER-2016-0012 Drug Safety Fellowship - CDER U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
DOE Scholars 2016-2 DOE Scholars-2 Department of Energy (DOE)
VDSP-2016 Volkswagen Distinguished Scholars Program Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
ORNL-Challenge-2 ORNL Challenge Program (Challenge #2) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
ORNL-Challenge-1 ORNL Challenge Program (Challenge #1) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
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