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2016 HBCU/MEI Faculty Summer Research Program

Program Description | Eligibility and Benefits | Duration and Location
Research Areas | Application Process | Selection Process | Inquiries

Program Description

Oak Ridge National Laboratory is sponsoring summer research appointments for faculty of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other Minority Educational Institutions (MEIs). The objective is to increase the number of collaborations and to foster long-term relationships between ORNL research staff and HBCU/MEI faculty members. Selected applicants will serve 10-week appointments at ORNL. They will collaborate with the Laboratory’s research staff on one of the research projects described in detail in the 2016 Research Project Descriptions.

Faculty are encouraged to identify qualified students with whom they would like to work. Identified students will be notified with application and internship details.


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Eligibility and Benefits

The program is open to full-time faculty at institutions of higher learning that are designated by the federal government as HBCUs, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges, or Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions (link is to PDF file listing of institutions). The program will pay a monthly stipend based on the participant’s certified academic salary with a minimum of $4,500/month. In addition, the participant will receive limited reimbursement for inbound and outbound transportation and a monthly dislocation allowance of $1,000.

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Duration and Location

Successful applicants will be expected to serve their appointments at ORNL for a continuous 10-week period from June 6, 2016, through Aug. 12, 2016.

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Research Areas

2016 Research Project Descriptions

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Application Process

A faculty application consists of seven parts as described below.

1. Application

The application form must be completed through Zintellect and must include the following:

2. Curriculum Vitae

The curriculum vitae should include the applicant’s name, address, employment record, education, awards, special skills, and a list of recent publications. Provide a complete reference for each published article (title, authors, journal name, volume, starting page number, and year published). Include a one-page statement of current and past research and research interest. Social security numbers and dates of birth should not be included in order to protect the personally identifiable information (PII).

3. References

Two references are required and must be submitted before the application is considered complete.

4. Proposal for Participating in an ORNL Project

Applicants should describe why they would like to participate, why they are qualified to do so and how serving an appointment would further their professional career. Capabilities, special skills, experience and from which the project would benefit should be emphasized.

5. Description of Benefits

Applicants should describe how ORNL and the HBCU/MEI will benefit from the collaboration. It is important to explain how this collaboration will lead to an ongoing research partnership. 

6. Certification of Salary

Designate an administrative person at the HBCU/MEI that can verify salary information.

7. Names of Students

Identify students to serve as part of the same research project. Identified students will be notified with application and internship details.

Students who do not apply by the Feb. 12 deadline will not be considered for participation in this program with the selected faculty member.

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Selection Process

A committee of ORNL staff members will review applications and forward them to the appropriate ORNL lead investigators for consideration.

Faculty appointments will be made on the basis of the following criteria:

  1. the strength of the applicant’s capabilities and experience
  2. the match between the applicant’s qualifications and the research needs of the selected project
  3. the potential for establishing an ongoing research partnership

Student(s) will be selected to accompany the faculty member based on the match between the applicant’s qualifications, the research needs of the selected research project, and availability of funding.

Selection of faculty and students named in the faculty application are independent of each other. A selected faculty member’s students, therefore, are not guaranteed selection.

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For program information or inquiries about the application process, contact:

Julie Malicoat
(865) 576-2311

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