Oak Ridge National Laboratory | Strategic Partnerships

Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the core partner universities associated with Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

This relationship allows Georgia Tech faculty, postdoctoral fellows and students the opportunity to take advantage of the ORNL facilities, and collaborate with researchers at Oak Ridge.


ORNL Research

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ORNL Facilities

Georgia Tech faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students are encouraged to take advantage of state of the art user facilities at ORNL. To use any of the facilities listed below, contact the appropriate contact listed on this page.

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Student Opportunities

Graduate/Post-doc

Seed Grants for Georgia Tech PhD Students & Postdocs

Applications are now being accepted for the inaugural GT-ORNL Seed Grant Program for Georgia Tech PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL) is the largest multi-program science amd energy laboratory of the U.D. Department of Energy, located in east Tennessee, about a 3 hour drive from Georgia Tech. Based on its longstanding partnership with ORNL, Georgia Tech has the opportunity to offer seed grants to qualified PhD students and post-docs to further research collaboration with ORNL.

Current Awardees:
  • Jason Dark, School of Physics
  • Brian Fuchs, School of Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Yubin He, School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
  • Mohammadresa Nazemi, School of Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Caitline Petro, School of Biological Sciences
  • Daniel Phelps, School of Literature Media & Communnications
  • Rakshith Saligram, School of Electrical Engineering
  • Amitav Tikadar, School of Mechanical Engineering
  • Qianxue Xia, School of Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Hanbin Ying; School of Electrical Engineering
Eligibility Requirements
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled PhD student or currently employed post-doctoral researcher at Georgia Tech
  • For PhD students, must be in good academic standing
  • Applicants must have endorsement of Georgia Tech advisor and current or future ORNL collaborator
Funding
  • Up to $4000 to be used for the purchase of small equipment items, materials, supplies, research services (e.g., access to instruments at GT or ORNL), and travel directly related to the research project. Funds must be expended within one calendar year of award date.

Undergraduate

Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis (NESLS) at ORNL
Goals
  • Maximize the abilities of students through cooperative research with mentors at a national laboratory
  • Increase research opportunities
  • Provide a learning environment useful to both national laboratories and students
  • Train the next generation of nuclear scientists
Goals
  • Maximize the abilities of students through cooperative research with mentors at a national laboratory
  • Increase research opportunities
  • Provide a learning environment useful to both national laboratories and students
  • Train the next generation of nuclear scientists
Description
  • Applications are accepted on a semester basis (currently suspended, but check back for updates)
    • Spring deadline: January 6
    • Summer deadline: February 28
    • Fall deadline: September 15
  • Flexible appointment duration; suggested minimum of 10 weeks in summer with poster session required
  • Full-time or part-time research or technical appointments may be offered
Funding
  • Stipend varies depending on classification
  • $175/week housing allowance (paid with stipend) and limited travel reimbursement, if permanent address is at least 50 miles from Oak Ridge
  • Learn more about Housing for ORNL Research Participants
Eligibility
  • Be currently enrolled at an accredited U.S. institution in a nuclear engineering, science, or eligible related degree–OR– a community college student working towards an Associate of Science or Associate of Engineering degree
  • If graduating with a degree before or during the appointment period, must provide proof of continuing education in an accredited degree-seeking program
  • Have a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale - copy of academic record required
  • Be 18 years or older
  • No citizenship requirement
  • Have medical insurance during appointment - verification required
  • Have two references - one academic preferred
Obligations
  • Complete program requirements, and avoid activities that could present a conflict
  • Participate in a required poster presentation and all associated activities (if attending in the summer)
  • Attend optional enrichment activities (with mentor approval), including professional development workshops, Laboratory tours, lectures, and seminars
    • Please note that these activities are optional and dependent upon mentor approval

Graduate

Advanced Short-Term Research Opportunity (ASTRO)

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory Advanced Short-Term Research Opportunity Program is a highly selective program offering challenging short-term research opportunities to current graduate students in Master’s or Doctoral degree programs or those holding recent Master’s degrees. ASTRO participants conduct research in areas that support ORNL missions in the basic and applied sciences, energy, and environment. Appointments are available in all current research and development programs at the Laboratory.

Description
  • Applications are accepted on a year-round basis
  • Appointments are for a minimum of three months or as long as twelve months, with possibility of renewal up to 24 months total participation
  • Participants engage in research or technical projects related to DOE’s ongoing research and development programs under the guidance of Laboratory staff scientists or engineers
  • Applicants must be enrolled in a Master’s or Ph.D. program at an accredited institution, or hold a recent (within the past five years) Master’s degree, or have a Master’s equivalency in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) area.
  • There are no U.S. citizenship or GPA requirements
Benefits
  • Monthly stipend; amount commensurate with the participant’s academic status
  • Dislocation allowance (one-time payment); available to non-local participants to off-set costs of travel and temporary housing; learn more about Housing for ORNL Research Participants
  • Possible funding for educational expenses, health insurance supplement, and conference travel
  • Enrichment activities including professional development workshops, Laboratory tours, lectures, seminars and poster presentations, with mentor approval
Eligibility
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Applicants must be enrolled in a Master’s or Ph.D. program at an accredited institution, or hold a recent (within the past five years) Master’s degree, or have a Master’s equivalency in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) area.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or hold a visa allowing the participant to be paid
  • Have medical insurance during the appointment – verification required
GO! @ ORNL- Graduate Opportunities at ORNL

ORNL’s mission to deliver scientific discoveries and technical breakthroughs in clean energy and global security and to create economic opportunities, requires fresh minds and new ideas. To achieve this, we have implemented a world-class postdoctoral program and are now partnering with top universities to develop an innovative graduate program that integrates PhD students into the ORNL research environment.

GO! ORNL includes:

  • Cutting edge research
  • Mentoring
  • Funding
  • Agreement
DOE Office of Science Graduate Research (SCGSR) Program

The SCGSR program aims to prepare graduate students for science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission by providing graduate thesis research opportunities at DOE laboratories.

ORAU- Science Education Programs at ORNL

Students who have recently completed a master’s degree or PhD and are looking to advance their career with practical laboratory experience.

Computational Science & Technology Advanced Research Studies (C-STARS)

(C-STARS) is a highly selective program that offers challenging graduate research opportunities in the computational sciences to all students (no U.S. citizenship requirement). Participants conduct research on nationally visible advanced computing projects in the areas of national security, climate science, urban dynamics, health data analytics, astrophysics, energy, chemistry or biology. Benefits include a monthly stipend, dislocation allowance, and possible funding for educational expenses, health insurance supplement, and conference travel

Enrichment activities including professional development workshops, Laboratory tours, lectures, seminars and poster presentations

ORAU 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.

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Faculty Opportunities

Get Acquainted With Oak Ridge National Lab

The purpose of these funds is to facilitate new collaborations and introductions of Georgia Tech faculty, students, and staff to Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL). Funds are available for travel by individuals or small groups of Georgia Tech personnel.

The most common form of transportation used is personal vehicle with mileage reimbursement at the current federal rate. One night of hotel stay at federal government rate in Oak Ridge and per diem food costs are allowed for each participant. Generally, up to $350 is available per driver participant (and up to $200 per passenger participant) making the trip from Georgia Tech to ORNL.

As an alternate form of transportation, a couple of buses travel from Atlanta to Knoxville, TN. After arriving in Knoxville, transportation to Oak Ridge will need to be arranged. Uber will be the cheapest option but the price will vary based on the time of day ($20 – 35). A taxi will cost approximately $50.

Faculty Joint Appointments

The purpose of the Georgia Tech/ORNL Joint Faculty Program is to attract and recognize scientists and engineers with rising national or international stature and reputation at all academic levels, and to enhance the quality of science, technology, education and industrial development. Faculty with expertise in the sciences, engineering or related fields of research conducted by ORNL and who would benefit from an immersive experience at ORNL should consider this opportunity.

Georgia Tech and ORNL works together to identify candidates with research areas of joint interest to both institutions. Georgia Tech faculty interested in being considered for a joint appointment at ORNL should contact Dr. Julia Kubanek, Georgia Tech’s representative on the Core Partner University Liaison Committee

Georgia Tech Faculty Currently Jointly Appointed to ORNL:
  • Marilyn Brown, Public Policy holds a joint appointment with ORNL’s Energy and Transportation Sciences Division
  • Samuel Graham, Mechanical Engineering holds a joint appoint with ORNL’s Energy and Transportation Science Division.
  • Nolan Hertel, Nuclear Engineering holds a joint appointment with ORNL’s Nuclear and Radiological Engineering Division and was acting director of the Center for Radiation Protection Knowledge
  • Comas Haynes, Fuel Cells & Battery Technologies holds a joint appointment with ORNL’s Material Science and Technology Division
  • Vivek Sarkar, Computer Science holds a joint appointment with ORNL's Computer Science and Mathematics Division
ORNL Researchers Currently Jointly Appointed to Georgia Tech:
ORNL Researchers with Adjunct Faculty Appointments
  • Moe Khaleel, adjunct faculty in Materials Science and Engineering is Associate Laboratory Director for Energy and Environmental Sciences at ORNL

ORAU 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.

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Funding Opportunities

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