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Welcome to the ARC/ORAU Oak Ridge Summer Science Academy!

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), in collaboration with ORAU in Oak Ridge, Tenn., are excited to present a one-week, residential, hands-on science academy focusing on math, science, and technology for middle school students July 17-22, 2016.

The ARC/ORAU Summer Science Academy is a unique opportunity for students to work with research scientists on relevant math and scientific topics facing the world in the 21st century. Students work in teams on research projects during the one-week academy, with each team comprising three to six students. The team approach provides an opportunity to conduct research activities and solve problems in a group setting. Research topics and activities may include such areas as:

  • Biofuels
  • Wind Energy
  • Solar Energy

Registration for 2016

Applications are now open! Please access application information at the Appalachian Regional Commisssion website.


Participant information

A group of 26 students from throughout Appalachia will be selected to participate in the week-long academy.

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Read about the types of projects that students typically work on during the week-long academy. 


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Check out the 2015 photo gallery!

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