Tailoring research opportunities and recruiting diversity

In administering more than 150 science education programs, the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) prioritizes resources across projects, departments and entities to ensure that each program is tailored to support science education and workforce development. ORISE works to expand the diversity of the scientific and technical fields by actively recruiting participants on both a national and international level, including special outreach to Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Education Institutions.

Internship and Fellowship Programs 
ORISE matches the needs of national research facilities and other non-research related institutions with the skills and goals of individual students, faculty and skilled workers.

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 begin cultivating the future scientific workforce.

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.