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October 09, 2023 | Tom Ballard

ORNL executes MOUs with TSU, UT(exas) Rio Grande Valley

The agreements are designed to support the two institutions as they serve their diverse students.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and two colleges, including one in Tennessee, have signed memoranda of understanding (MOUs) to strengthen research cooperation and provide educational enriching research opportunities at the lab in ways that support the activities of the two institutions that serve diverse undergraduate students. The MOUs were executed with Tennessee State University (TSU), based in Nashville, and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) in Edinburg, TX.

In the case of TSU (click here to read the TSU-specific news release), students will engage in research activities through internship programs in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) mission areas including renewable energy and materials, neutron scattering, fusion and fission energy technologies, national security research, manufacturing, environmental sciences and computer sciences.

Additionally, interns may have the opportunity to work with ORNL’s premier research facilities such as the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (home of the world’s fastest supercomputer Frontier), the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR), the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), and the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences – all DOE Office of Science user facilities – plus the DOE Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at ORNL.

ORNL and TSU will commit to increasing the number of students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), fortifying the talent reservoir for workforce development, and fostering collaborative mentoring opportunities for students.

In the case of UTRGV (click here to read the UTRGV-specific news release), the goal is very similar – to prepare undergraduate students in the same DOE mission areas through partnerships that allow students access to world-class research staff and user facilities such as the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, SNS, and HFIR.



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