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Undergraduate Research Experiences

Whitney BogusWhitney Bogus

Biochemistry and pre-med major Whitney Bogus spent her summer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory running experiments to show that nanoparticle production can be more efficient than current synthesis methods.

Paris CornwellParis Cornwell

Paris Cornwell, a participant in the Laboratory Technology Program at ORNL, traded his pizza delivery job for an opportunity to help make a future delivery person’s vehicle safer and more fuel efficient.

James Earle and Maxwell RobinsonJames Earle and Maxwell Robinson

University of Tennessee engineering students Maxwell Robinson and James Earle spent their summer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the Volkswagen Distinguished Scholars Program gaining hands-on experience in 3-D printing, robotics, and other elements of engineering.

Bryce GambleBryce Gamble

Bryce Gamble, a computer-engineering major from Tennessee Tech, spent 10 weeks in the Volkswagen Distinguished Scholars Program where he simulated stress-points on a theoretical cantilever to create a “best version” of a materials design.

Amelia HayesAmelia Hayes

Undergraduate Amelia Hayes spent a year of her studies helping the country deal with its nuclear waste. As a research participant in DOE's Carlsbad Field Office Fellowship Program, Hayes performed water content analysis at DOE's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

Lindsay HoldmanLindsay Holdman

Lee University mathematics undergraduate Lindsay Holdman spent 10 weeks at NETL, participating in DOE's Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship. Holdman and her NETL mentor researched how to improve lithium-ion rechargeable batteries by exploring the ionic conductivity of solid electrolytes.

Travas LenardTravas Lenard

Travas Lenard spent his summer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory modeling the fuel economy of a lean-burn engine using a silver-based catalytic converter as part of the Volkswagen Distinguished Scholars Program.

Justin VadasJustin Vadas

Justin Vadas is exploring ways to incorporate a magnet in refrigeration applications to provide cooling at a low-cost, efficient and environmentally-friendly manner. He is conducting research as part of the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.