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The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is a U.S. Department of Energy institute focusing on scientific initiatives to research health risks from occupational hazards, assess environmental cleanup, respond to radiation medical emergencies, support national security and emergency preparedness, and educate the next generation of scientists.

ORISE report shows nuclear engineering graduation rates leveling off in 2014 after five years of increase

July 31, 2015 - The number of college students graduating in nuclear engineering has flattened after five years of increases, according to a report by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education that surveyed 35 U.S. universities with nuclear engineering programs.

ORISE and Fayetteville State University establish mentor-protégé agreement

July 21, 2015 - Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education and Fayetteville State University (FSU) recently signed an agreement under the U.S. Department of Energy’s Mentor-Protégé Program supporting a two-year mentoring relationship.

ORISE beryllium laboratory achieves accreditation from College of American Pathologists

July 14, 2015 - The College of American Pathologists, or CAP, has accredited the ORISE beryllium laboratory in Oak Ridge for the third time since the laboratory’s first accreditation in 2009.

Health physics degrees declined in 2014, enrollment trends reverse

June 25, 2015 - The total number of degrees awarded to students graduating with majors in health physics has declined across undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs for the first time in four years.

Ashley Cross at ORNL

Ashley Cross, an undergraduate researcher, was one of more than 6,000 students and faculty who took part in ORISE-managed research programs last year. Learn more about her research with microorganisms at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.


Research participants placed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory through science education programs administered by ORISE share how access to world-class research facilities and staff have catapulted their careers in science and technology.