Workshop on Applying to Oak Ridge National Lab Dr. Andrienne Friedli [email protected] 898-2071 Information About: • Why do a summer internship? • What is an ORNL internship like? • When to get started - NOW! (or if it is past December, yesterday!) • What is required to be successful? Recent ORNL / MTSU Internships Summer 2006: 4 student and 2 faculty internships. Fall 2007: Meetings at ORNL and MTSU Summer 2008: 13 student interns, 2 faculty, 2 visitors Summer 2009: 3 students, one faculty Summer 2010: 6 students, one faculty, two visitors Summer 2011: 3 students, one faculty, one visitor We would like to send 20 students this year! Take the opportunity! The ORNL Research Experience • Build technical skills • State of the art instrumentation • Cutting edge research projects • Top researchers Scientific mentors Real World Science “My experience was a success and worth every moment I spent away from MTSU. I call on every MTSU student to fill out an application to do an internship at ORNL. Ramy Sayed (Biology, pre-med) I’m applying again this summer! Charysse Archer (Mathematics) [email protected], 2008 A Opportunity to Learn Robert Ehemann (Physics)- SULI • • • • • Jeremy Tiegs (Geosciences) Attend seminars and workshops Write a scientific abstract - publish in a journal Present at a poster session Learn about careers Attend a graduate school fair Transfer to the Classroom Gail Hayes, Chemistry Teacher BS Chem ’08, ORNL ’07 (PST) Paul Turner, Physics ’11 ORNL STAR(PST) ‘10 • Learn teaching techniques • Relate research experience to classroom experience Have Fun! In the Laboratory Outside the Laboratory What Program is Best 4U? • Undergraduate students SULI, [email protected], PST Apply to both • Between ug and grad school, job [email protected] • Graduate students [email protected] • Faculty [email protected] FEBRUARY 1 DEADLINE How to Apply? SULI (undergrad) applications at http://science.energy.gov/wdts/suli/ WDTS (pre- and in-service teachers) applications at http://science.energy.gov/wdts/ http://see.orau. org OR internships for anyone: recent grads, graduate students short-term visitors….. [email protected] program Flexible deadline - requires more contact with staff – possibly http://www.orau.gov/hereatornl The Bottom Line 10 Weeks Stipend paid monthly or bi-weekly $425 /week Reimbursement for inbound and outbound transportation up to $500 Housing allowance or contract housing $105/week SULI due January 10, 2012 WDTS due January 3, 2012 [email protected] has a more flexible deadline Criteria for Selection • Academic background • Interests • Grades Career goals Your enthusiasm Good match Andy Standley (BS. 2010 Chem, Bio, [email protected] ‘10) *A Successful Application* 1. Evidence of ability Grades >3.0 GPA Recommendation letter Experience 2. Personal statements Research interests Career plans attention to detail is critical Ask your mentor/prof for feedback 3. Depth of interest contact ORNL staff express general enthusiasm Preparation 4. Recommendation letters • 1 page or more with details • Discuss academic, research experience • Potential as a scientist Choose a faculty member you know well who is knowledgeable about research Give the recommender a resume & talk to them Ask for two recommendations NOW – they need ~2 weeks to respond 5. Experience • STEM courses • Research experience Take advantage of the multiple opportunities to do projects at MTSU first, if possible Wake Up Call! • SULI is a very competitive internship – only 67 positions available/ summer. • This application takes a few days to complete and perfect - like an application for employment or grad school. • Take advantage of available help – your teachers and other staff will read your statement and write letters of support. • You are representing MTSU as an applicant (complete your application) and as an intern (do a good job!) 15 Do Your Homework 6. Career Plans and Goals - short and long Must choose 3 research areas of interest: • • • • • • • • • Biology Chemistry Computer Science Energy Engineering Environmental Sciences Geology Life Sciences Manufacturing Materials Science • • • • • • • Math/Statistics Neutron Scattering Nuclear Physics Physics Robotics Social Science Waste Management/Remediation 7. Contacts at ORNL (the hard part - but important) Contact a few people, and mention it in your application Name, Division/Department, Phone Email Ask for help it you need it www.ornl.gov Science and Engineering Missions at ORNL • Neutron Science • Energy • Advanced Materials (Nanoscale) • Biological Systems • Supercomputing • National Security www.ornl.gov Directorates at ORNL www.ornl.gov Press on buttons to find directorates and divisions Find projects, people Watch out for user centers (not ORNL projects) • Biological and Environmental Sciences • Computer and Computational Sciences • Physical Sciences • Environmental Health, Safety, and Quality • Nuclear Operations • Energy and Engineering Sciences • National Security Finally…… Complete your application! Questions: [email protected] 898-2071 Good Luck!