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Oak Ridge Science Semester

Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Living Arrangements


Housing is provided in an apartment complex in Oak Ridge. Two students share a one-bedroom apartment and provide their own linens and kitchen utensils. The housing rent (approximately $2,200/semester) is paid by the ORSS in the form of a housing allowance.


Students are responsible for transportation to and from Oak Ridge and for all local travel to and from the laboratories. Because there is no local bus service, car pools are commonally used in commuting daily to and from ORNL.

Shuttle service from the Knoxville airport and bus service from downtown Knoxville to Oak Ridge are available.

Other Expenses

Students are responsible for their food, books and other personal expenses (estimated at $1,500).

For additional information, please visit the Denison ORSS page.

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Lee Pedzisa The Oak Ridge Science Semester was an amazing and extremely rewarding experience for me. I had the opportunity to participate in world-class research with some of the top researchers in the country. The researchers took the time to explain the goal of the project but even more, they explained what graduate school life is like. From this experience, I was further prepared for research in graduate school and I also got a publication from our work. Oak Ridge provided me with more than just a great intellectual adventure, but I also made strong ties with other students in my program. If I could do it again, I would participate in the Oak Ridge Science Semester.

—Lee Pedzisa, Oak Ridge Science Semester, Fall 2008

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