Oak Ridge National Laboratory offers research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty, through their Higher Education Research Experiences (HERE), Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis Programs (NESLS), and other initiatives. Participants are offered the chance to to complete hands-on research projects, gain a competitive advantage, be mentored by top scientists, use state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, and interact with a national community of peers. Applicants are selected based on academic achievements, scientific interests, and career goals.
Army Private First Class Matthew Zajac noticed something that “didn’t look right” when his truck approached a bridge while on a raid mission on the south side of Baghdad. It was May, 2007. Zajac had been serving in the Iraq War for eight months, having joined the Army after high school. Presuming the object on the bridge was an improvised explosive device, he recalls, “I tried to maneuver around it and take the blast on my door,” which was armored. But the IED blew up under the vehicle. His four passengers—fellow soldiers—suffered relatively minor injuries. Zajac wasn’t so lucky.
With a network of colleges and universities across the nation and a wide range of federal agencies as sponsors, Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) administers a broad range of internships, scholarships, fellowships, and research experience programs. ORAU offers programs for undergraduate students, graduate students, recent graduates, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty.
Full proposals are due September 12, 2012 for the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program, which supports active research participation by undergraduate students in areas funded by NSF. The program aims to “involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program.”
Finding resources and funding to advance your engineering career and academic pursuits can be pretty daunting. The right one could be anywhere, from corporations, organizations, or institutions. But some other sources worth checking out are U.S. federal agencies. The Department of Agriculture, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, Office of Naval Research, Department of Energy, and Department of Transportation all provide useful avenues. These include internships, fellowships, contests, career and research opportunities, and general information. For scholarships, see our comprehensive list.