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ORAU hosts Graduate Student Recruitment Fair for students completing summer research internships and fellowships at ORNL

More than 200 students explore opportunities available at the nation's premier research graduate programs

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Aug. 12, 2014
FY14-65

Neil Brown (pictured right), a senior majoring in chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, discusses his research during the 15th annual ORAU Graduate School Recruitment Fair.

Neil Brown (pictured right), a senior majoring in chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, discusses his research during the 15th annual ORAU Graduate School Recruitment Fair.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Following a full day of poster sessions where they presented the outcome of summer research projects completed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, more than 200 students from across the United States gathered at ORNL Thursday for the 15th annual ORAU Graduate Student Recruitment Fair.

Each year, the event is timed to correspond with the ORNL poster session to leverage the students’ excitement over their summer research achievements and to encourage enthusiasm for further expanding their education.

With representatives from the nation’s premier research graduate programs available in one room, the fair provided students the ability to explore possible future educational opportunities, as well as compare and contrast graduate programs.

Neil Brown, a senior majoring in chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, participated in the poster session last year but wasn’t quite ready to begin seriously looking at graduate school programs.

“Having the graduate fair and poster session in the same room makes it very convenient for students participating in the summer research programs,” Brown said. “I was happy to be able to talk to representatives of several higher tier schools [at the fair].”

The 29 ORAU member universities that attended the graduate school fair included the following:

  • Auburn University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Emory University
  • Florida Institute of Technology
  • Florida International University
  • Florida State University
  • Georgia Southern University
  • Michigan Technological University
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • New Mexico State University
  • North Carolina A&T State University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Purdue University
  • Rutgers University
  • Syracuse University
  • Tennessee Tech University
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Alabama in Huntsville
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of South Alabama
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Virginia
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Wake Forest University
  • Western Kentucky University

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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