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Research Internship (8 credits)

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the largest US Department of Energy (DOE) science and energy laboratory. Its capabilities span a broad range of scientific and engineering disciplines, enabling researchers to explore fundamental science challenges and accelerate the delivery of solutions to the marketplace. ORNL supports DOE’s national missions of scientific discovery, clean energy, and security.   

Students conduct research on a specific project under the guidance of a staff scientist at ORNL, with access to world-leading technologies. You will be expected to contribute significantly to the design and methodological approach of your research. You will also become a member of the vibrant science community at ORNL and will have the opportunity to present your research data for discussion and commentary. Students receive 8 credits for their participation in the internship. 

You can access information about specific research programs and the people who conduct them across the ORNL Research Divisions here. You will be asked to indicate the research areas you are interested in as part of the ACM ORSS application form. This video from ACM's ORSS virtual session offers guidance on building a strong application for the program.

Students participating in the ACM ORSS receive a stipend for their internship. The stipend in 2021-2022 was $9,600, subject to available funding. This stipend is paid over regular intervals throughout the semester. The stipend is considered income and is taxable. The stipend for 2022-2023 has not yet been determined. 

Interdisciplinary Seminar (4 credits)

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Students meet weekly for an interdisciplinary seminar series led by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), including topics on scientific communication, career exploration, graduate school preparation, and more. The seminar is intended to broaden students’ perspectives and expose them to the full range of research conducted by staff scientists at ORNL through field trips, lectures, interactive discussions, and tours. Finally, the seminar serves as a forum for students to showcase their own research data for discussion with their peers and colleagues at a poster session at the end of the semester.  

Advanced Course (4 credits)

Students can take an advanced course taught by the Visiting Faculty Director on the Pellissippi State Community College campus. Occasionally, students can pursue an independent study under the supervision of the Visiting Faculty Director. 

More information about the Fall 2022 visiting faculty course will be available soon.