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More than 200 students participate in ORAU’s graduate student recruitment fair

ORNL Summer research interns present research findings and explore additional academic opportunities with some of the nation’s top research graduate programs

August 10, 2015

ORAU's graduate student recruitment fair

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—More than 200 student researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory recently had the opportunity to both showcase their research and market themselves to 26 universities attending the 16th annual ORAU Graduate Student Recruitment Fair.

Each year, the recruitment fair corresponds with the 2015 Summer Research Participant Poster Session to leverage the students’ excitement over their summer research achievements and to encourage enthusiasm for further expanding their education. Universities invited to the fair are members of ORAU’s consortium of 115 Ph.D.-granting universities from across the United States, the United Kingdom and Puerto Rico.

With representatives of 26 universities from across the U.S. available in one room, the fair allowed students to explore possible future educational opportunities, as well as compare and contrast graduate programs.

“The combination of the graduate fair and poster session provides a mutual benefit to both students and universities,” says Arlene Garrison, ORAU Vice President. “This opportunity is a gateway into a lasting and rewarding career.”

The 26 ORAU member universities that attended the graduate school fair included the following:

  • Auburn University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Clemson University
  • East Tennessee State University
  • Emory University
  • Florida Institute of Technology
  • Lehigh University
  • Michigan Technological University
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • North Carolina State University
  • Penn State University
  • Tennessee State University
  • Tennessee Tech University
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • University of Alabama in Huntsville
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of South Alabama
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Tennessee-Chattanooga
  • University of Texas-Pan America
  • Vanderbilt University
  • West Virginia University
  • Western Kentucky University

For information about other educational opportunities through ORAU, visit For more information on programs through ORNL, visit

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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