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ORNL scientist Jonathan Mielenz works in an anaerobic chamber used to handle biomass-degrading microbes at the Joint Institute for Biological Sciences.Source: ORNL Flickr siteWith a strong commitment to education, ORNL maintains relationships with many educational institutions and organizations. Many student and faculty programs are administered through Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) and include opportunities for undergraduates, graduates, postgraduates, faculty, and some pre-college students.

The lab also partners with the University of Tennessee in several joint research efforts and though programs aimed at training the next generation of interdisciplinary scientists. These collaborations include:

  • The UT-ORNL Graduate School of Genome Science and Technology (GST) takes advantage of unique opportunities that the University of Tennessee (UT) and ORNL have for interaction and collaboration. Students are trained in emerging areas of the life sciences, with an emphasis on microbial, plant, and biomedical genomics; bioanalytical technologies such as proteomics; structural biology; and computational biology and bioinformatics.
  • The Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education offers one of the first interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs in energy science and engineering. This center brings together extensive and complementary UT and ORNL resources to increase science, technology, engineering, and mathematics academic and research activities of national significance focused on energy-related science and engineering.
  • The Joint Institute for Biological Sciences is a joint effort by UT and ORNL to develop collaborative research and development projects. The institute offers education, training, and on-the-job experience for undergraduates and graduates and provides continuing education for scientists and others.
  • The Joint Faculty Program enriches and strengthens the research agenda of both ORNL and UT by appointing talented researchers to joint positions.
  • The Tennessee Governor’s Chairs program, designed to bring exceptionally accomplished researchers to Tennessee, has recruited several top scientists to work jointly at UT and ORNL on some of the nation’s most pressing challenges.
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