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Summer Research Opportunities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Summer Research Opportunities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

The Oak Ridge Institute at The University of Tennessee is seeking applications from undergraduate students currently enrolled in colleges and universities across the US who are interested in participating in its Science Alliance Student Mentoring and Research Training (SMaRT) Program.  Students who will be rising sophomores, juniors and seniors in fall of 2021 are eligible to apply.   

This prominent program will select 30 qualified candidates to participate in this 10-week summer program scheduled for May 24 until July 30, 2021. As a selected intern, you will receive a funded internship, including stipends, housing and an allowance for travel to and from Knoxville, TN.  This program will focus on four interdisciplinary areas: 

  1. Electrochemical Energy Systems, Apply at:
  2.  Advanced Science and Engineering of Materials and Manufacturing; Apply at:
  3. Predictive Systems Biology for Circular and Sustainable Economies; Apply at:
  4. Autonomous, Smart, Secure and Resilient Energy Systems: Apply at:

 *Data science and engineering threads will be woven through each of these four areas.

You will engage in interdisciplinary research jointly administered by some of the nation’s top researchers from The University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Dedicated graduate student mentors will work closely with you, and through focused professional development activities you will prepare materials necessary to apply for future opportunities. This summer program will build your network, build your resume and prepare you for the next steps in your academic and professional career.  

If you have any questions, please email or  



Research and University Partnerships Office (RUPO) 

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance research and education, protect public health and the environment, and strengthen national security. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).