Advancing science and STEM workforce development

Today’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce is tasked with solving some of the toughest problems facing our nation. Whether investigating alternative energy sources, accelerating the use of cutting-edge manufacturing technologies, or exploring applied research for countering terrorism, our nation’s response to these challenges—and many others—is only as strong as the individuals entering the workforce.  

As a leader in science education and workforce development, the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) strengthens the U.S. federal STEM workforce by assessing current science and technology (S&T) labor trends; administering appointments with both research participation programs and Science, Technology and Policy (STP) programs; and measuring program performance.

Program Administration 
ORISE recruits research and STP program participants from across the United States, including special outreach to Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other Minority-Serving Education Institutions. In addition, ORISE extends its recruitment efforts globally in order to match participants with opportunities at national research facilities, while also administering these appointments.

Program Evaluation 
ORISE conducts ongoing evaluations of its science education programs with the goal to improve on each program’s performance. The evaluations not only document the impact of the programs’ outcomes, but also identify long-term trends in our nation’s S&T workforce.

Workforce Studies 
ORISE assesses current S&T workforce trends to aid in the administration of research participation programs that meet the unique goals of each sponsoring agency.