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Penn State University Among Seven New Members of ORAU Consortium

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 14, 2006
FY06-21

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) welcomed Penn State University (PSU) as one of the newest members of its university consortium during the 61st annual meeting of the ORAU Council of Sponsoring Institutions held in Oak Ridge.

Along with PSU, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Johns Hopkins University (JHU), San Diego State University (SDSU) and the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) have now become the newest ORAU sponsoring institutions. The Council also accepted the applications of Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) and the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) as associate members.

With these additions, the ORAU Consortium now consists of 96 sponsoring institutions and 13 associate members, representing 28 states as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and London. Membership in the ORAU consortium allows faculty and students at member institutions opportunities to win members-only grants and internships as well as participate in laboratory research at federal facilities, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

"This prestigious new class of member institutions brings an incredible array of assets in terms of academic reputation, scientific research, human resources, and innovation in educating the next generation of science and technology leaders," ORAU President Ron Townsend said. "I could not be more pleased to welcome such a diverse group of universities to the ORAU family. I expect that the entire consortium will benefit from the contributions of these newest members for years to come."

As a top-tier research university, PSU ranked in the top 10 in 2005 expenditures in seven different academic disciplines, spending more than $638 million on research activities. With more than 80,000 students and 20,000 faculty members, PSU is among the largest institutions to join the ORAU Consortium.

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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