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Higher Education Research Experiences - Entering College Freshman-Summer 2013
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Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: LPR or U.S. Citizen
  • Degree: Currently pursuing a High School Diploma
  • Overall GPA: 2.50
  • Affirmation: I certify that I am US citizen or legal permanent resident; at least 18 years old; pursuing a degree or career in a science field; GPA is 2.5 or higher; will receive a high school diploma from a U.S. school; and be accepted at an accredited U.S. college or university.
How To Apply

All of the following must be submitted for the applicant to be considered:

Completed TOppS Profile

HERE Entering Freshman Posting

Two academic references

Application deadline
6/4/2013 11:59 PM Eastern Timezone
Academic Levels
  • K-12 Students
  • Computer Sciences
  • Earth and Geosciences
  • Engineering
  • Environmental and Marine Sciences
  • Life Health and Medical Sciences
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Other Physical Sciences
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Material Science

To be eligible you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident (LPRs are subject to DOE clearance approval for laboratory entry)
  • Be at least 18 years old before starting your appointment
  • Be pursuing a degree or career in science, mathematics, engineering, technology, or related fields.
  • Have a grade point average of at least 2.5/4.0
  • Have received a high school diploma from a U.S. school in the term immediately preceding participation
  • Be accepted at an accredited U.S. college or university for the term immediately following participation

Higher Education Research Experiences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (HERE at ORNL) provides research opportunities and associated activities for participants at all levels, beginning the term before college entrance through thesis/dissertation research, and higher education faculty.  The program is designed to complement academic programs by utilizing the unique resources of Oak Ridge National Laboratory to enhance science, mathematics, engineering, and technology education; encourage careers in science and technology, and improve scientific literacy.  At the same time, the program contributes contributing to the Laboratory mission.


Participants in HERE at ORNL will be funded by the programmatic funds of the ORNL host research divisions or through funding provided by institutions of higher education. Currently, there are no DOE funds earmarked for education that are available in this program.


General Benefits for Research Participation appointments include:

  • Stipend (determined by category of participant)
  • One round trip between home or school and ORNL, if permanent address is more than 60 miles from Oak Ridge (round trip limited to $500)
  • Housing allowance (for students whose permanent address is more than 60 miles from Oak Ridge) 

Application Deadline

  • Application is always open for any proposed start date.  For best results apply by February 1 for a summer appointment.  Note: application does not close, continue to apply after the deadline date.


  • 10 weeks summer is the minimum number of weeks for an appointment
  • No extension or return


  • $400/week paid bi-weekly
  • $125/week housing allowance (for students whose permanent residence is outside a radius of 60 miles of ORNL)
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