STEM Program Administration STEM programs administered by ORISE cultivate the next generation of scientists and engineers

By managing more than 160 science education programs, the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education prioritizes resources across projects, departments and facilities to ensure that each program is designed to support science education and workforce development. Our team works to expand diversity in the scientific and technical fields by actively recruiting participants on both a national and international level, providing special outreach to Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions.

Internship and fellowship programs 

ORISE administers STEM internship and fellowship 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 at national laboratories or one of more than a dozen federal agency partners. ORISE matches the needs of these facilities with the skills and goals of individual students, postgraduates and faculty. 

Mentor programs 

STEM professionals who have the commitment and willingness to nurture the next generation of scientists and engineers make excellent mentors. ORISE matches mentors with participants and provides them with the orientation they need to contribute to the education and training of the next generation of scientists, as well as help to advance the mission of DOE. Through various resources, ORISE helps mentors develop skills that translate into successful, professional relationships.

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 scientific and technology workforce. ORISE program evaluations focus on the analysis of federally-funded programs, processes and services at national laboratories and other government research facilities.