Students and Teachers Invited to Apply to Study at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Two residential, hands-on learning institutes focusing on math, science, and technology for students and teachers will be held this summer in Oak Ridge, Tennessee at one the nation’s premier facilities for scientific research.

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is collaborating with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) to offer the opportunities for high school students and teachers (July 9-22, 2016) and for middle school students (July 17-22, 2016). Middle and high school students and teachers from throughout Appalachia will participate in a hands-on learning program that will focus on the application of math and science principles in the world of work.

Students work in teams on research projects during each one-week academy, with each team comprising three to six students. The team approach provides an opportunity to conduct research activities and solve problems in a group setting. Research topics and activities may include such areas as biofuels and alternative energy.

Interested parties can view examples of the research and other activities engaged in during previous summer science camps at the SummerSTEM website.

The participants will spend most days in one of several ORNL research laboratories, but field trips to nearby industries, universities, and museums will illustrate applications of math and science in the real world and provide participants with opportunities to learn more about Appalachia and some of its unique characteristics.

Applications must be submitted to Olivia Collier, the North Carolina ARC State Program Manager, on or before March 18, 2016.

The applications and additional information are available online at