The Higher Education Research Experiences (HERE) program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) provides opportunities for participation in research and related technical activities to qualified entering freshmen, between high school and college. This educational experience offers selected participants the ability to learn from world-class scientists while utilizing the unique resources of ORNL and encourages careers in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and support fields.
Application period will remain open through June 1, 2019. Selections and appointments may be made by ORNL mentors on a rolling basis until July 15, 2019, but most offers will be received by June 15, 2019.
- Applications are accepted for appointments in spring and/or summer after high school graduation and prior to starting college
- Full-time or part-time appointments may be offered
- Flexible start and end dates
- $400/week stipend paid biweekly for full-time participation; pro-rated if part-time
- $175/week housing allowance (paid with biweekly stipend) and limited travel reimbursement (up to $250 each way) for full-time participants if permanent address is at least 50 miles from Oak Ridge
- Learn more about Housing for ORNL Research Participants
Before you get started on your applications, you should:
- Review the research areas at ORNL to determine what best fits your career goals. You can see the six discipline areas at www.ornl.gov.
- For example, if you choose Clean Energy you will learn more breakthrough areas, news, current research highlights, and more. And you can explore other research areas, or related links and organizations to identify your areas of interest and key words, important terminology, papers, etc. that can be used as you answer application questions or update your resume.
- Or type a key word into the search box at the top right corner on www.ornl.gov and follow the links provided to identify key researchers at ORNL or go to the webpages of the directorates or divisions. For example, typing “Environmental Science” leads to the link for the Environmental Sciences Division.
- And you can find general contacts and access many of the Division or User Facility pages under Our People. Be sure to click on the page links to find potential connections as the Director is usually not the best place to begin your connection process.
After you have completed your application, then reach out via email (use the Our People – Contact Us – Find People - Staff Directory link at www.ornl.gov to enter a name and obtain an email address) to the researchers you identify.
- Tell them about your background and describe how your career objectives and interests relate to their research.
- Include an updated resume/CV in the email and let them know which programs you have applied to at ORNL.
- Showing initiative by reaching out to discuss your passion for science and research is a great way to introduce yourself to potential mentors. This personal connection can be the key to “standing out” from other applications. As many of our ORNL programs use "pool" application postings where multiple mentors will consider candidates with a variety of interests for varied educational project opportunities, this is a critical step for selection success.
For more information, visit Science Education Programs at ORNL or contact HERE@orau.org.