By our count, 45 students at community colleges and universities in the eastern half of Tennessee are celebrating an announcement that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) made yesterday.
They join two faculty members – one each at the University of Tennessee (UT) at Chattanooga and Tennessee State University – among nearly 1,000 recipients sharing $17.3 million for college internships, research opportunities, and research projects that connect talented science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) students and faculty with the world-class resources at DOE’s national laboratories.
The funding comes from one of two initiatives: (1) STEM internships for undergraduate and community college students; or (2) research opportunities for faculty at institutions that are historically underrepresented in the research community. Within the first group, there are two subcategories: (1) Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI); and (2) Community College Internships (CCI).
By our count, 22 students from UT, Knoxville were selected for the SULI program with all but two working with scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Pellissippi State Community College placed four students in the CCI grouping and two who qualified in the SULI category.
Other community colleges and university having participants in the summer program include East Tennessee State University, Chattanooga State Community College, Maryville College, Roane State Community College, Tennessee Tech University, Tennessee State University, Vanderbilt University, and Walters State Community College.
Here’s a link to the DOE announcement that also includes a link to a list of the recipients.