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Recent Graduate Research Experiences

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) provides recent graduates with challenging research opportunities that give them the experience they need to stand out in today’s scientific workforce.

Other recent graduates who are intent on remaining within the academic community may find that a research experience provides the laboratory knowledge they need to pursue a master’s or doctorate. Either way, program participants attest that the experience takes them beyond entry-level understanding and provides elements that are essential to a successful professional career.

Experiences of recent graduate participants are highlighted in the following profiles:

Krystina Addorisio

Krystina Addorisio

Krystina Addorisio studied foot-and-mouth disease at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center as a research participant with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Nicole Buell

Nicole Buell

Nicole Buell, who holds a master’s in environmental management, spends her time in the U.S. Forest Service Research Participation Program creating outreach materials to improve science accessibility.

Anna Bruton

Camila Dias Colberg

Camila Dias Colberg is supporting research at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center to find a more effective treatment for foot-and-mouth disease.

Nicholas DiLucia

Nicholas DiLucia

Nicholas DiLucia returned to the National Energy and Technology Laboratory for the fourth year in a row to engage in website development. His previous internship experiences at the lab helped him succeed in courses at the Univ. of Pittsburgh, where he graduated in April 2012.

Lindsay Gabbert

Lindsay Gabbert

Lindsay Gabbert performed research at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center, where she is helping to improve the vaccination for foot-and-mouth disease.

Craig Joseph

Craig Joseph

Master’s graduate Craig Joseph, a participant in the National Energy and Technology Laboratory Postgraduate Research Program, uses his academic background in marine geology to help predict how hydrofracking will affect groundwater.

Heather Lavalleur

Heather Lavalleur

At the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Albany, Ore., microbiologist Heather Lavalleur is discovering how microorganisms respond to pressurized carbon dioxide.

Edwin Luevanos

Edwin Luevanos

Once a member of the DOE Scholars Program, Edwin Luevanos now works full-time as a human capitalist specialist for DOE. In his position he helps find gaps in the department’s recruitment areas.

Tyler Pannell

Tyler Pannell

Tyler Pannell, a participant in DOE's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program, explored ways to use food waste for energy.

Rossybelle Perales

Rossybelle Perales

Rossybelle Perales conducted research as part of the Behavioral and Social Health Outcomes Program in Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., to help identify behavioral and social health issues within the U.S. Army.