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Program Deadlines and Upcoming Events

  • ORAU Events Sponsorship Program
    -Cycle 1 deadline: Sept. 1
    -Cycle 2 deadline: March 1
  • ORAU Travel Grants
    Ongoing (may submit two requests per fiscal year, which runs Oct. 1 to Sept. 30)

Reserach Participation Programs Online Catalog

If you are a student, recent graduate, or faculty member interested in learning about the hundreds of research experiences sponsored by one of ORAU’s world-class science and engineering partners, visit our online catalog of research participation programs powered by Zintellect.

Faculty and Student Programs

ORAU enhances professional growth through faculty and student programs

Relevant, hands-on research opportunities connect classroom instruction to real world applications. ORAU maximizes the potential of the talented faculty and students in our university consortium by investing in programs that inspire and support academic excellence, technological innovation, and creative problem solving.

Powe Award WinnerPowe Junior Faculty Awards

As an investment in the future of science education in America, ORAU’s Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards Program rewards ambitious young faculty at our member universities.

Student event attendeesORAU Events Sponsorship Program

The ORAU Events Sponsorship Program provides up to $4,000 to support events that involve participants from more than one ORAU institution. Two calls for proposals will be issued each year. Typical events might include visits to an ORAU institution by a renowned speaker, conferences or workshops with a focused theme, or a technology transfer/business plan competition.

To apply, visit the ORAU Members Universities page, find your school, and contact your member councilor, who can submit a proposal to the ORAU University Partnerships Office through the Members Only section of this site.

AirplaneORAU Travel Grants Program

The ORAU Travel Grants Program provides up to $800 to facilitate travel by a faculty or staff member from an ORAU Sponsoring or Associate Institution. Visits can be to collaborate with researchers at ORNL, Y-12, ORAU laboratories or work sites, or another ORAU institution.

To apply, visit the ORAU Members Universities page, find your school, and contact your member councilor, who can submit a proposal for travel funding to the ORAU University Partnerships Office through the Members Only section of this site.

Lindau Meeting attendeesLindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates and Students

Each year, ORAU co-sponsors the convening of Nobel Laureates in chemistry, physics and physiology/medicine in Germany to conduct open and informal meetings with more than 500 students and young researchers from around the world.

Heidelberg Laureate ForumHeidelberg Laureate Forum

ORAU and the National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsor an American delegation of students and postdoctoral researchers who attend the annual Heidelberg Laureate Forum, in Heidelberg, Germany, focused on mathematics and computer science. 

Faculty researcherORNL HBCU/MEI Faculty Summer Research Program

ORNL’s summer research provides research appointments for faculty of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other Minority Educational Institutions (MEIs). The objective is to increase the number of collaborations and to foster long-term relationships between ORNL research staff and HBCU/MEI faculty members.

Dr. Deb Jaisi

  • Assistant professor, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Delaware
  • Winner of a Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award

Dr. Deb Jaisi

Education Background:

  • Ph.D., Geology, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
  • M.S., Engineering and Applied Geology, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand
  • B.S., Geology, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal

Award-Winning Research Project:

Focusing his research on an excessive nutrient found in the Chesapeake Bay, Jaisi will study phosphorus pollutant issue in the water. His analysis will determine relative proportion of phosphorous that is derived from land versus from the ocean, and eventually reveal the real culprit in the bay’s pollution. This data will be useful to resource managers in controlling phosphorus overloads and in the development of detailed nutrient maps of the bay, as well as the rivers that drain into it.

On Winning the Powe Award:

“I feel honored to receive the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Award. I view this award as a prong test to early career faculty members to identify how the scientific community regards their research. For me, it also became a platform to advertise my research. In fact, after the news about the Powe award was published in UDaily, the online news for the University Delaware, it caught the attention of other media as well as private funding agencies.”