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ORAU History - 2000

ORAU President Ron Townsend signs ORISE Contract with DOE representatives

In a competitive selection process, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) selected Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) to continue as the contractor for the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). The five-year contract continued a relationship that has existed since ORISE was established in 1992 and is a natural partnership between ORAU and DOE.

ORAU worked to build stronger relationships between Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Education Institutions (HBCU/MEI) community. The ORAU HBCU/MEI Council was established and saw immediate success in 2000. A total of $25,000 was awarded to two member institutions to provide selected faculty the opportunity to collaborate on ORNL research projects. Additionally, the two organizations planned to cosponsor summer research grants for HBCU/MEI faculty.

ORAU’s Volunteers in Education program celebrated 10 years of helping Tennessee schools in need. Support has ranged from financial to the volunteer efforts of ORAU employees to provide career counseling, class presentations, and assistance with educational programs.

ORAU partnered with Dolly Parton’s Dollywood Foundation to offer the Imagination Library. This program provides one book per month to children from birth through age five in East Tennessee communities.