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ORAU, ORNL Host Student Poster Session, Graduate School Fair for Summer Student Interns

August 18, 2004

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Undergraduate and graduate student researchers who participated in the research programs at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) over the summer were given the opportunity to showcase their efforts and meet with university representatives at the Student Poster Session and Graduate School Fair last week.

A student talks with a professor at a poster sessionThe poster session was held at ORNL’s new research facility, Building 5700. Following the poster session, Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) sponsored the 5th Annual Graduate School Fair and student reception, which was held at ORAU’s newly renovated Pollard Technology Conference Center.

Alabama A&M University undergraduate student Chris Randall was among the 73 students who mingled with 25 graduate school representatives from 13 universities from across the nation. Above left, Randall (right) talks with Mississippi State University representative Jeff Winger about the school’s graduate programs. Throughout the summer, Randall gained research experience in the Computer Science and Mathematics Division of ORNL through the Research Alliance in Math and Science program. “It is the best educational experience I’ve ever had,” he said.

Student explaining his research to poster session attendee

At the student poster session, R. Timothy Michelhaugh, a University of Tennessee student, explains his research into the Dissipation of Heat with Two-Phase Cooling to a poster session attendee. Michelhaugh was a summer participant with the Department of Energy (DOE) Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program in the Engineering Science and Technology Division.

Students agreed that both events were successful, providing good experience and offering great opportunities. Stanford University junior Alfred Wechselberger, also a participant in the SULI program, spent the evening talking with representatives from several of the schools. “The fair gave me a good feel for what I need to be doing to prepare for graduate school,” he said.

The 13 universities that were represented at the graduate school fair included Alabama A&M University , Duke University , Howard University, Mississippi State University, New Mexico State University , North Carolina State University, Southern Illinois University, Tennessee Tech University, University of Louisville , University of Pittsburgh , University of Tennessee , Vanderbilt University , and Virginia Tech University .

This summer, more than 200 students participated in the DOE summer research programs at ORNL, many of which are administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). For information about other educational opportunities through ORISE, visit For more information on programs at ORNL, visit

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