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Research Project Description

Volkswagen Distinguished Scholars (Applications for Fall 2014 and before)
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
Oak Ridge, TN

Project Description:

This posting is for opportunities starting in and prior to Fall 2014. If you are interested in starting after January 1, 2015, a new posting will be available after October 1, 2014.

The Volkswagen Distinguished Scholars Program offers students from five select Tennessee universities the opportunity to participate in cutting edge automotive-related research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. An optional second summer is possible where students will further their research with the Volkswagen Group of America at the new Chattanooga Plant. Students will have access to the finest scientific facilities, equipment, and staff and will be guided through the successful completion of their projects by a network of scientific mentors. By the end of the two-summer experience, students will be well-versed in VW-mission critical disciplines.

Current Research Areas

  • Low Cost Carbon Fiber
  • Battery Research and Development
  • Biofuels
  • Fuels, Engines and Emissions
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Sustainable Manufacturing
  • Additive Manufacturing - Robotics
  • Additive Manufacturing - Polymers

Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, the world’s fourth largest automaker and the largest carmaker in Europe. It houses the U.S. operations of a worldwide family of distinguished and exciting brands including Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini and Volkswagen, as well as VW Credit, Inc. Volkswagen Group of America brings to the U.S. vehicles that marry the science of engineering and the art of styling, with the goal of offering attractive, safe, and environmentally sound automobiles that are competitive and set world standards in their respective classes.


  • Undergraduate student : Junior or Senior
  • Graduate student: Not yet completed course-work
  • Degree field of interest to VW
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must have a grade point average of 3.5 or above.
  • Must be attending one of the following universities:
    • Fisk University
    • Tennessee State University
    • Tennessee Technological University
    • University of Memphis
    • University of Tennessee, Knoxville
    • University of Tennessee, Chattanooga

How to Apply:

Applications for this program are not currently accepted in TOppS.  Please visit for application and general information. Summer 2014 applications will be accepted starting October 1, 2013.

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