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2010 Faculty Summer Research Program

Program Description | Eligibility and Benefits | Duration and Location
Research Areas | Application Process | Deadlines | Selection Process
Submitting Applications | Inquiries

A.  Program Description

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) are co-sponsoring summer 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. Successful applicants will serve appointments up to 10 weeks at ORNL. They will collaborate with the Laboratory’s research staff on one of the research projects listed below and described in detail in the 2010 Research Project Descriptions.

Faculty are encouraged to identify qualified students with whom they would like to work. Students will apply through the Department of Energy’s Student Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) Program. STUDENTS SHOULD SELECT ORNL AS FIRST CHOICE LOCATION.

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B.  Eligibility and Benefits

The program is open to full-time faculty at institutions of higher learning that are designated by the federal government as HBCUs, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges, or Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions (link is to PDF file listing of institutions). The program will pay a monthly stipend based on the participant’s certified academic salary with a minimum of $4,500/month. In addition, the participant will receive limited reimbursement for inbound and outbound transportation and a monthly dislocation allowance of $1,000.

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C.  Duration and Location

Successful applicants will be expected to serve their appointments at ORNL for a continuous 10-week period from June 7, 2010, through Aug. 13, 2010.

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D.  Research Areas

2010 Research Project Descriptions

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E.  Application Process

A faculty application consists of seven parts as described below. 

1. Application

The application form can be completed in Microsoft Word or by hand after printing the PDF file below.

2. Curriculum Vitae

The curriculum vitae should include the applicant’s name, address, employment record, education, awards, special skills, and a list of recent publications. Provide a complete reference for each published article (title, authors, journal name, volume, starting page number, and year published). Include a one-page statement of current and past research and your research interest. Please do not include your social security number or date of birth in order to protect your personally identifiable information (PII).

3.  References

Arrange for two references to be sent via postal mail or e-mail to :

Norma Patterson
Science Education Programs
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
P.O. Box 117, MS 36
Oak Ridge, TN 37831

Or via e-mail to

4. Proposal for Participating in an ORNL Project

Identify the research project and lead investigator with whom you wish to participate. See 2010 Research Project Descriptions for specific research projects. Tell us why you would like to participate in this project and why you are qualified to do so. Emphasize your capabilities for contributing to the proposed research, including any special skills or experience from which the project would benefit. Explain how serving an appointment at ORNL will further your professional career. Please limit this part to three pages.

5. Description of Benefits to ORNL and the Applicant’s Institution

Describe how ORNL and your HBCU/MEI will benefit from the collaboration. It is important to explain how this collaboration will lead to an ongoing research partnership. Please limit your description to one page.

6. Certification of Salary

The certification of salary form can be completed in Microsoft Word or by hand after printing the PDF file below.

7.  Names of Students

State the names of students you have selected to serve appointments concurrent with your own as part of the same research project. Students should make application through the DOE Student Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) Program. A description of the program and an online application can be found at:

You are responsible for ensuring that these students complete the SULI application process. Students must apply online at the above Web site. STUDENTS SHOULD SELECT ORNL AS FIRST CHOICE LOCATION.

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F.  Deadline for Submission of Applications

The deadline for receipt of FACULTY applications is extended to January 29, 2010.

The deadline for receipt of STUDENT online applications is February 1, 2010.

Students who do not apply through the SULI mechanism by the deadline will not be considered for participation in this program with the selected faculty member. They may, however, be considered for the SULI program independent of the faculty member’s selection. 

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G.  Selection Process

A committee of ORNL and ORAU staff members will review applications and forward them to the appropriate ORNL lead investigators for consideration.

Faculty appointments will be made on the basis of the following criteria:

(1) the strength of the applicant’s capabilities and experience

(2) the match between the applicant’s qualifications and the research needs of the selected project

(3) the potential for establishing an ongoing research partnership

A student will be selected to accompany the faculty member based on the match between the applicant’s qualifications, the research needs of the selected research project, and availability of funding.

Selection of faculty and the students named in the faculty application are independent of each other. A selected faculty member’s students, therefore, are not guaranteed selection.  It is also possible that students may be selected through the SULI program independent of their association with the faculty member.

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H.  Submitting Applications

Faculty applications should be attached to an e-mail message and sent to References and the certification of salary form should be sent by postal mail to: Norma Patterson, PO Box 117, MS-36, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-0117.

Student applications must be submitted through the online SULI application process.

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I.  Inquiries

For general program information and inquiries, contact:

Marisa Moazen, ORAU
(865) 241-6958

For inquiries about the application process, contact:

Norma Patterson, ORAU
(865) 241-2877

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