DOE Research and Training Programs Open to College Students and Faculty

Published: 9 December 2020

Logo of U.S. Department of Energy Office of ScienceThe Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists, within the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science, is currently accepting applications for its undergraduate student, community college student, and visiting faculty research/training programs.

For all three programs, applications for the 10-week summer 2021 term (May through August) are due Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at 5 p.m. Eastern time.

The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) program encourages the pursuit of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers by providing research opportunities at DOE laboratories/facilities. Selected undergraduate students and recent college graduates, with guidance from laboratory/facility staff scientists or engineers, work on research supporting the DOE mission.

Recently, SULI interns worked with Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) user facility data from the Cloud, Aerosol, and Complex Terrain Interactions (CACTI) field campaign in Argentina. The interns used the data to create three-dimensional storm animations and study cloud-aerosol interactions.

Also in the summer of 2020, SULI interns participated in practice forecasting exercises and measurement analysis for ARM’s upcoming TRacking Aerosol Convection interactions ExpeRiment (TRACER) in the Houston, Texas, area. TRACER Principal Investigator Michael Jensen, from Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York, reported during the 2020 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting that more TRACER-related work would be available for incoming interns.

The Community College Internships (CCI) program provides technical training experiences at DOE laboratories for community college students.

Similar to the SULI program, CCI interns receive guidance from laboratory staff scientists or engineers as they work on technologies, instrumentation projects, or major research facilities supporting DOE’s mission.

The Visiting Faculty Program (VFP) seeks to increase the research competitiveness of faculty members and their students at institutions historically underrepresented in the research community and expand the workforce vital to DOE mission areas.

Selected university/college faculty members collaborate with DOE laboratory research staff on a research project of mutual interest. Faculty member participants may invite up to two students (one can be a graduate student) to participate in the project.

For more information about the VFP, CCI, and SULI programs, including eligibility requirements and how to apply, go to the Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists website.

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This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, through the Biological and Environmental Research program as part of the Atmospheric System Research program.