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Research Project Description

Great Lakes Colleges Association/Associated Colleges of the Midwest, Oak Ridge Science Semester
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
Oak Ridge, TN

Project Description:

The Oak Ridge Science Semester (ORSS) enables students to join ongoing investigations at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in research areas as diverse as astrophysics, cell biology, DNA sequencing, genetic mutagenesis, parallel computing, robotics, toxicology, and much more. In their research, ORSS student participants use the sophisticated resources available at the Laboratory, including supercomputers, state-of-the-art electron microscopes, lasers, and analytical instruments such as a fourier transform mass spectrometer and a scanning tunneling microscope.  Participants in this fall semester program join one of the research groups at ORNL, with a scientist from the ORNL staff serving as a mentor.  This research experience, using the Laboratory's sophisticated resources, is the core of the program.  Students are expected to contribute significantly to the design and methodological approach of their research activity, and often find this the most demanding and rewarding experience of their college careers.

Unlike most off-campus programs, students receive significant funding to participate, including a $6,800 stipend (contingent on funding from the U.S. Department of Energy and/or ORNL) and a $1,800 housing allowance to cover living expenses.  For the duration of the semester, students are housed in an apartment complex in Oak Ridge.  The Oak Ridge Science Semester is administered by Denison University and is recognized by ACM and the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA).

For more detailed information, please use the links located on the left-hand side of this page or visit the Denison ORSS page.

Qualifications:

There are no citizenship requirements, but applicants must be undergrad students at institutions belonging to either the Great Lakes Colleges Association, Inc., or the Associated Colleges of the Midwest. Applications are due by March 1 each year.

How to Apply:

Applications are due by March 1 each year. If the deadline has passed and you are interested in applying, contact the ACM Office immediately. Late applications may be accepted on a space-available basis.

Applications are currently not accepted in TOppS for this program.  Visit http://www.acm.edu/programs/15/oakridge/index.html for application information.

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