Since 1992, ORAU has operated research participation and science education activities for Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).
ORNL, which is recognized as the U.S. Department of Energy’s largest science and energy research laboratory, is home to 12 world-class scientific user facilities, more than 3,000 guest researchers each year and employs research scientists from more than 80 different countries. The lab receives more than $1 billion in annual funds for science-related projects, which includes those focused on energy, high-performance computing, national security, neutron science, advanced materials and biological systems.
More recently, however, an increasing national focus on the development of clean energy—coupled with an increasing percentage of the science and technology workforce nearing retirement age—has increased the need to develop an even more aggressive recruitment strategy for attracting top scientific talent to ORNL.
Through this partnership, ORAU administers science education programs at ORNL that serve more than 1,100 students, faculty and postdoctoral participants annually from colleges and universities across the U.S. and around the world.
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Research participants at ORNL share their thoughts on how access to world-class research facilities and staff has catapulted their careers in science and technology.