Are you interested in becoming a STARS Scholar?
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM) Success Through Academic Research Scholarship (STARS) program provides opportunities for undergraduate students from Minority Serving Institutions pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) that supports the EM research and operations in the following areas: Soil & Groundwater; Deactivation & Decommissioning; Tank Waste; Robotics; Machine Learning; Artificial Intelligence; Cybersecurity; Advanced Manufacturing, cybersecurity, and manufacturing disciplines.
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Why should I apply?
You will receive:
STARS provides undergraduate students enrolled at a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) up to two years of support for the pursuit of an undergraduate degree and two additional years for students choosing to pursue a Master’s degree. Internships aim to introduce Scholars to the missions, functions, operations, and culture of EM and the hosting site allowing Scholars to gain relevant experience in their fields of study or expand knowledge in areas of interest. Upon graduation, Scholars will have a greater understanding of the EM mission and its science and technology needs and be highly prepared to apply and be selected for employment with EM.
EM seeks to continue engagement with students upon completion of the program, preferably as EM employees. Therefore, after the completion of the two-year scholarship plus internship program, EM expects students to commit, apply, and if selected, maintain employment with EM for a number of years equivalent to the years of their award. Alternatively, EM will provide opportunities to Scholars to receive a postgraduate appointment with EM. Scholars may postpone completing this requirement if pursuing a Master’s degree upon completion of the undergraduate degree. During this time, Scholars may also participate in two summer internships at EM headquarters offices, field offices and DOE national laboratories.
Review of Applications
Student applications will be evaluated based on academic merit, enrollment in STEM coursework, extracurricular activities (e.g., teams, clubs, and relevant work experience), recommendation, interest in STEM, and an interest in EM mission.
Nature of Appointment
Scholars will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, STARS or the hosting site. Instead, Scholars will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE appointment letter and Terms of Appointment.
Applicants must meet the following requirements:
A complete application consists of:
Contact us at EM-STARS@orise.orau.gov if you have any questions.