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More than 200 students participate in ORAU’s Graduate Student Recruitment Fair

Students make presentations on research findings from their summer internships at ORNL and explore academic opportunities at ORAU recruitment fair with some of the nation’s top research graduate programs

August 18, 2016

University of Alabama representative talks with student at ORAU Grad Student Recruitment Fair

A representative from the University of Alabama speaks with a prospective student about UA graduate school opportunities during the 17th annual ORAU Graduate Student Recruitment Fair. Click image to enlarge

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 universities attending the 17th annual ORAU Graduate Student Recruitment Fair.

Each year, the recruitment fair corresponds with the ORNL 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 121 Ph.D.-granting universities from across the United States, the United Kingdom and Puerto Rico.

With representatives from 19 universities across the U.S. available in one room, the fair allowed students to streamline their exploration of possible future educational opportunities, as well as compare and contrast graduate programs.

“The poster session and graduate fair is a combined event aimed to connect ORAU member universities to talented undergraduates,” said Arlene Garrison, ORAU vice president of the University Partnerships Office. “Member universities and students alike benefit from the ability to hold mini information sessions and ultimately match the student to the right academic program to pursue a graduate degree.”

For information about other educational opportunities through ORAU, visit For more information on programs through ORNL, visit the Science Education Programs at ORNL website.

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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