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Participating DOE Laboratories and Contacts

DOE Laboratory

Laboratory VFP Contact

Ames Laboratory – Ames, IA

Steve Karsjen,

Argonne National Laboratory – Argonne, IL

Deon Ettinger,

Brookhaven National Laboratory – Upton, NY

Noel Blackburn,

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory – Batavia, IL

Spencer Pasero,

Idaho National Laboratory – Idaho Falls, ID

Myken Johnson,

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory – Berkeley, CA

Colette Flood,

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory – Livermore, CA

Barry Goldman,

Los Alamos National Laboratory – Los Alamos, NM

Scott Robbins,

National Renewable Energy Laboratory – Golden, CO

Linda Lung,

Oak Ridge National Laboratory – Oak Ridge, TN

Julie Malicoat,

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory – Richland, WA

Nicole Castilleja,

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory – Princeton, NJ

DeeDee Ortiz,

Sandia National Laboratories – Livermore, CA

Christopher Shaddix,
Savannah River National Laboratory - Aiken, SC Elizabeth Hoffman,

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory – Menlo Park, CA

Enrique Cuellar,

Ames LaboratoryExternal link

Home of the 2011 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry, Danny Shechtman, the Ames Laboratory effectively focuses diverse fundamental and applied research strengths upon issues of national concern, cultivates tomorrow’s research talent, and develops and transfers technologies to improve industrial competitiveness and enhance U.S. economic security. At the forefront of current materials research, high-performance computing, and environmental science and management efforts, the Laboratory seeks solutions to energy-related problems through the exploration of physics, chemistry, engineering, applied mathematics and materials research. Uniquely integrated within a university environment, the Lab stimulates creative thought and encourages scientific discovery, providing solutions to complex problems and educating tomorrow's scientific talent.

Ames Laboratory is located in Ames, Iowa, on the campus of Iowa State University. Iowa State’s 2,000-acre, park-like campus is home to approximately 30,000 student Cyclones. Ames is approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, Iowa’s capitol city.

Argonne National LaboratoryExternal link

Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory pursue major advances in science and technology that support energy security, environmental sustainability, and national security. To deliver groundbreaking innovations in these areas, Argonne applies a unique mix of state-of-the-art user facilities and leading scientific and engineering staff. From renewable energy and supercomputing to materials discovery and advanced batteries, Argonne’s work aims to advance America's scientific leadership and prepare the nation for a better future.

As one of the largest laboratories in the nation for science and engineering research, Argonne conducts leading-edge basic and applied scientific researchExternal link in virtually every scientific discipline. Argonne also designs, builds, and operates major scientific user facilities, including the Advanced Photon Source, the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, the Advanced Powertrain Research Facility, and the Center for Nanoscale Materials.

Argonne researchers actively seek collaborative opportunities with colleagues in industry, academia, other national laboratories, and experts in other Argonne divisions to advance innovation and discovery. The laboratory also seeks to transfer its technologies to the marketplace through licensing, joint research, and many other collaborative relationships. For example, breakthrough materials developed at Argonne were recently licensed for use in the battery that powers the Chevy Volt.

Located 25 miles southwest of Chicago in DuPage County, Illinois, Argonne occupies 1,500 wooded acres surrounded by the Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve. Argonne’s proximity to Chicago offers employees and visitors easy access to renowned museums, entertainment and sporting events, distinct and culturally diverse neighborhoods, and the fabulous lakefront.

Brookhaven National LaboratoryExternal link

The home of seven Nobel Prize-winning discoveriesExternal link, Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is the only Department of Energy multidisciplinary laboratory in the Northeast. BNL is home to some of the most prominent research facilities in the world including the National Synchrotron Light Source, the Center for Functional Nanomaterials and the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider. The Lab’s mission for the coming decade focuses on three broad areas: (1) advancing fundamental research in nuclear and particle physics to gain a deeper understanding of matter, energy, space, and time; (2) applying photon sciences and nanomaterials research to energy problems of critical importance to the nation; and (3) performing cross-disciplinary research to understand the relationship between climate change, sustainable energy, and the Earth’s ecosystems.

Collaborations can range from working with physicists to probe the nature of matter to investigating the structure of proteins with biologists, to designing new materials at the nanoscale, to participating in some of the most challenging and unique computation and engineering projects in the world Located in the center of Long Island, New York, the Lab is a short train ride away from New York City, near ocean beaches, wineries and many other attractions. Every year BNL researchers look forward to hosting bright, motivated people to enable experiences with world class research. With 34% underrepresented participants and a 50/50 gender split, the Lab provides a welcoming and culturally diverse experience. To learn more about Brookhaven National Laboratory visit link – you’ll be glad you did.

Fermi National Accelerator LaboratoryExternal link

Discovering what the universe is made of and how it works is the challenge of particle physics. What is the nature of the universe? What are matter and energy, space and time? At Fermilab, thousands of scientists from across the country and around the world collaborate on experiments at the frontiers of discovery: the Energy Frontier, the Intensity Frontier and the Cosmic Frontier. Answers to the most challenging questions about the fundamental physics of the universe will come as Fermilab’s scientific program pushes forward with world-leading research at all three interrelated frontiers. Particle accelerators at the Energy Frontier produce high-energy collisions that signal new phenomena, from the origin of mass to the nature of dark matter and extra dimensions of space. Fermilab is the U.S. host laboratory for the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, in Geneva, Switzerland. Scientists use intense beams from particle accelerators for Intensity Frontier experiments that explore neutrino interactions and ultra-rare processes in nature. At the Cosmic Frontier, astrophysicists use the cosmos as a laboratory to investigate the fundamental laws of physics from a perspective that complements experiments at particle accelerators. Experiments at Fermilab can involve hundreds of scientists from all over the world who work for years designing and constructing large detectors and then taking and analyzing data. Read about our frontiers of discoveryExternal link and intern program informationExternal link.

The frontier is the quintessential symbol of Fermilab. The Laboratory’s founding director, Robert Wilson, born in Frontier, Wyoming, incorporated the frontier imagery of his western heritage in a site designed for discovery at the frontiers of science. Wilson’s introduction of American bison, the restoration of hundreds of acres of native tall-grass prairie, and a frontier spirit of adventure and resourcefulness helped to establish Fermilab’s unique character. Located in Batavia, Illinois, Fermilab is 30 miles west of Chicago's Loop. While at Fermilab you can enjoy a range of outdoor activities or take advantage of the cultural resources of a large metropolitan area.

Idaho National LaboratoryExternal link

Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is one of the U.S. Department of Energy's 10 multi-program national laboratories. The laboratory performs work in each of the strategic goal areas of DOE – energy, national security, science and environment. More specifically, INL is the nation's leading center of nuclear energy research and development. Day-to-day management and operation of the laboratory is the responsibility of Battelle Energy Alliance.

Located in southeastern Idaho, the INL covers 889 square miles of the Snake River Plain between Idaho Falls and Arco, Idaho. Offices and laboratories are also in the city of Idaho Falls, Idaho (population 50,000), located about two hours from Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park and other areas offering prime recreational opportunities. More information can be found at INL.

INL may require background checks for accepted participants prior to final approval for placement at the lab.

Lawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryExternal link

In the world of science, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is synonymous with “excellence.” Thirteen Nobel prizes are associated with Berkeley Lab. Seventy Lab scientists are members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), one of the highest honors for a scientist in the United States. Thirteen of our scientists have won the National Medal of Science, our nation’s highest award for lifetime achievement in fields of scientific research. Eighteen of our engineers have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and three of our scientists have been elected into the Institute of Medicine. In addition, Berkeley Lab has trained thousands of university science and engineering students who are advancing technological innovations across the nation and around the world.

Berkeley Lab is a member of the national laboratory system supported by the U.S. Department of Energy through its Office of Science. It is managed by the University of California (UC) and is charged with conducting unclassified research across a wide range of scientific disciplines. Located on a 200-acre site in the hills above the UC Berkeley campus that offers spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay, Berkeley Lab employs approximately 4,200 scientists, engineers, support staff and students. Its budget for FY 2013 was $819 million, which included $34.5 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment ActExternal link. A recent studyExternal link estimates the Laboratory’s overall economic impact through direct, indirect and induced spending on the nine counties that make up the San Francisco Bay Area to be nearly $700 million annually. The Lab was also responsible for creating 5,600 jobs locally and 12,000 nationally. The overall economic impact on the national economy is estimated at $1.6 billion a year. Technologies developed at Berkeley Lab have generated billions of dollars in revenues, and thousands of jobs. Savings as a result of Berkeley Lab developments in lighting and windows, and other energy-efficient technologies, have also been in the billions of dollars.

Berkeley Lab was founded in 1931 by Ernest Orlando Lawrence, a UC Berkeley physicist who won the 1939 Nobel Prize in physics for his invention of the cyclotron, a circular particle accelerator that opened the door to high-energy physics. It was Lawrence’s belief that scientific research is best done through teams of individuals with different fields of expertise, working together. His teamwork concept is a Berkeley Lab legacy that continues today.

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Lawrence Livermore National LaboratoryExternal link

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE). LLNL was managed from its inception in 1952 through September 2007 by the University of California for the U.S. government. LLNL is currently managed by Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC. Approximately 7,000 people are employed at LLNL, including more than 1,200 PhD scientists and engineers. Much of the research conducted at LLNL occurs in multi-disciplinary teams of scientists and engineers.

As a national security laboratory, LLNL’s principal mission is to ensure that the nation's nuclear weapons remain safe, secure, and reliable through application of advances in science and engineering. With its special capabilities, the Laboratory also addresses other pressing national security needs. For example, LLNL conducts major programs in climate and energy research, bioscience and biotechnology, and basic science and advanced technologies. Breakthrough advances are made possible by an extraordinary technical staff and investments in state-of-the-art research facilities that provide LLNL wide ranging capabilities. In particular, the Laboratory is an international leader in the fields of laser science, high performance computing, and nuclear and biological forensics.

The LLNL site occupies approximately one square mile in Livermore, California a community approximately 45 miles east of San Francisco. It has links to the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system, which provides easy access to the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Major airports located nearby are in Oakland, San Jose, and San Francisco.

Click here to learn more about the educational programs at LLNL.External link

Los Alamos National LaboratoryExternal link

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns. Partnering with respected universities, LANL institutes and centers provide exceptional opportunities to build collaborative research efforts.

Long known for its multicultural and artistic community, northern New Mexico also offers a variety of exciting outdoor recreational opportunities. At 7,000 feet Los Alamos is situated between the deserts and the high country of the southern Rocky Mountains. When visiting researchers and students come to LANL they are provided with a unique opportunity not only to bolster their scientific and technical skills but also to learn more about richness and diversity of the cultural and physical world around us.

To learn more about the science programs at LANL click hereExternal link.

National Renewable Energy LaboratoryExternal link

As the nation's primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) helps lead the nation toward a clean energy future. The Laboratory focuses on clean energy technologies that benefit both the environment and the economy.

NREL conducts research in about 50 areas of scientific investigation, including photovoltaicsExternal link, wind energyExternal link, biomass-derived fuels and chemicalsExternal link, building efficiencyExternal link, advanced vehiclesExternal link, industrial processes, solar thermal systemsExternal link, hydrogenExternal link, fuel cellsExternal link, geothermalExternal link, distributed energy resourcesExternal link, measurement and testing of renewable energy systems, hybrid systems, basic energy researchExternal link, scientific computingExternal linkand energy analysisExternal link.

The Laboratory has two campuses: the main 300-acre campus in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado, and the National Wind Technology Center located between Golden and Boulder. Exciting developments on the main campus include construction of a new LEED platinum office complexExternal link, expansion of NREL’s biofuels production facility and construction of an Energy Systems Integration FacilityExternal linkwhere world-class electric grid integration research will soon take place. At the wind center, NREL is testing several new megawatt class turbines and building new blade and dynamometer test facilities.

Golden is a western suburb of Denver which has a unique feel of a small town in a highly tech metro area. Boulder offers a college environment with many opportunities at the University of Colorado.

Oak Ridge National LaboratoryExternal link

As DOE’s largest science and energy laboratory, ORNL has a research portfolio that supports U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) missions in scientific discovery and innovation, clean energy, and nuclear security. Major research initiativesExternal link focus ORNL’s capabilities on:

ORNL’s leadership role in shaping the nation’s energy future includes hosting the U.S. project office for the ITER international fusion experimentExternal link, managing DOE’s Oak Ridge Leadership Computing FacilityExternal link, and leading the DOE Office of Science–sponsored BioEnergy Science CenterExternal linkand the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy–sponsored Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water ReactorsExternal link.

Critical research infrastructure at ORNL includes the world’s foremost resources for neutron sciences—the Spallation Neutron SourceExternal linkand the High Flux Isotope ReactorExternal link—and the world’s most powerful scientific computing complex. An investment of more than $500 million of federal, state, and private funds over the past decade has created a modern research environment at ORNL, with new facilities including the Advanced Materials Characterization Laboratory, the Center for Nanophase Materials SciencesExternal link, the Chemical and Materials Sciences Building, and three state-funded joint institutes.

Since, 1947, ORNL has had a long and successful history of mentoring students and faculty. Guest researchers are welcomed into a stimulating atmosphere of hands-on research, and are encouraged to think independently and creatively, expand their horizons, connect with others, and learn from their mistakes.

ORNL is located in East Tennessee about 7 miles from the center of Oak RidgeExternal link (population 27,000) and about 25 miles from KnoxvilleExternal link (metro area population of 650,000). The Great Smoky Mountains National ParkExternal link is nearby along with various state parks and Tennessee Valley AuthorityExternal link lakes affording numerous recreational opportunities.

Click here to find out more about DOE's programs for students at ORNL.External link

Pacific Northwest National LaboratoryExternal link

Pacific Northwest National LaboratoryExternal link(PNNL) is a Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science national laboratory where interdisciplinary teams advance science and technology and deliver solutions to America's most intractable problems in energy, the environment, and national security. PNNL employs 4,900 staff and has an annual budget of nearly $1.1 billion.

In support of DOE missions, PNNL is distinguishing itself as a national laboratory providing world-leading science and technology in the areas of: 1) design and scalable synthesis of materials and chemicals, 2) coupling earth and energy systems for sustainability, 3) efficient and secure electricity management from generation to end use, and 4) signature discovery and exploitation for threat detection and reduction.

Our core capabilities are chemical and molecular sciences; chemical engineering; biological systems science; climate change science; environmental subsurface science; applied materials science and engineering; applied nuclear science and technology; advanced computer science, visualization, and data; systems engineering and integration; and large-scale user facilities/advanced instrumentation. The Marine Sciences Laboratory, at PNNL’s Sequim Marine Research Operations on Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula, is DOE’s only marine research laboratory. There, scientists develop innovations to address ocean-driven energy, marine resource impacts, and coastal security threats.

Fittingly part of the Lewis and Clark expedition, the confluence of the Columbia, Snake, and Yakima rivers in southeastern Washington now is home to the communities of Richland, Kennewick, and Pasco (combined population ~240,000). The Tri-Cities offers a multitude of recreational, cultural, and historical activities with a mild, airy climate and up to 300 days of sunshine a year. The major metropolitan areas of Seattle and Portland are less than a four-hour drive away. Learn moreExternal linkabout the area’s high rankingsExternal link, including “11th Geekiest City in the U.S.” Every day, the staff at PNNL demonstrate a passion for delivering excellence in science and technology, management and operations, and advocacy for the communities where we live and work. We transform the world through courageous discovery and innovation.

Princeton Plasma Physics LaboratoryExternal link

The Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) is a Collaborative National Center for plasma and fusion science. Its primary mission is to develop the scientific understanding and key innovations that will lead to an attractive fusion energy source. Associated missions include conducting world-class research along the broad frontier of plasma science and providing the highest quality of scientific education. The laboratory, which is managed by Princeton University, is located on the University’s James Forrestal Campus.

The staff at PPPL is devoted both to creating new knowledge about the physics of plasmas--ultrahot, charged gases--and to developing practical solutions for the creation of fusion energy. In a series of experiments at the lab, PPPL researchers are expanding understanding of how plasmas behave and how they can be used to create fusion energy. The largest of these experiments, the National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX), began in 1999. As in many other fusion experiments, the plasmas in NSTX are confined using magnetic fields and walls designed to withstand the heat from plasmas with temperatures that exceed 100 million degrees Celsius (to date, NSTX plasmas have attained temperatures of 60 million degrees Celsius). But in contrast to most fusion experiments, which confine plasmas in a donut-like shape, the plasmas in NSTX are spherical in shape with a hole through the center.

Laboratory scientists are collaborating with researchers on fusion science and technology at other facilities, both domestic and foreign. Staff are applying knowledge gained in fusion research to a number of theoretical and experimental areas including materials science, solar physics, chemistry, and manufacturing. You can read more about PPPL’s research efforts here: link.

Sandia National LaboratoryExternal link

For over 60 years, the California campus of Sandia National Laboratories has delivered essential science and technology to resolve the nation's most challenging security issues. Since the 1970’s, Sandia's scientists have been breaking new ground in energy research to reduce our nation's dependence on foreign oil and mitigate the effects of global climate change. At Sandia’s California site, strong energy research thrusts in combustion, biofuels, and energy nanomaterials have emerged. Placement opportunities for summer interns exist at the  Combustion Research FacilityExternal link (CRF), which is home to over 100 scientists, engineers, and technologists who conduct basic and applied research to improve our nation’s ability to use and control combustion processes efficiently and cleanly. Under the principal sponsorship of the Department of Energy’s Office of Basic Energy Sciences, the CRF seeks to reveal the key chemical and physical processes that underlie the complex mechanisms of combustion and provide the science base necessary to build a new generation of advanced, high-efficiency, clean internal combustion engines (ICEs) and to optimize these engines for future fuels. CRF researchers and collaborators have greatly expanded the fundamental knowledge of combustion processes and contributed to significant design innovations for diesel engines, pulse combustors for furnaces, pollution reduction methods, and diagnostic techniques for investigating these processes.

Researchers in the program employ state-of-the-art laser-based techniques to interrogate chemical reactivity, molecular spectroscopy, turbulent flame dynamics, reacting in-cylinder flows in ICEs, and the effects of combustion emissions on atmospheric composition and climate. We also have a major focus on combustion simulation and modeling, which includes large-scale computations of turbulent combustion processes, mathematical and computational tools for uncertainty quantification, stochastic modeling, ab initio calculations of molecular structure and energetics, and modeling of the complete kinetics of combustion processes in both laminar and turbulent environments.

Placement opportunities for faculty exist at the CRF, as well as in other research groups focusing on innovations in bioscience and materials science, both in California and in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Sandia/California is uniquely situated in the Livermore Valley, approximately 45 miles east of San Francisco. The CRF’s challenging and stimulating work environment addresses today’s most critical energy and environmental issues, and offers opportunities for personal, professional, and technical growth.

Savannah River National Laboratory

Savannah River National Laboratory is a multi-program national laboratory that puts science to work to create practical and cost-effective solutions for keeping our Nation safe, cleaning up the environment, and advancing our Nation’s energy and manufacturing objectives.

As the national laboratory for DOE’s Environmental Management program, Savannah River National Lab applies its expertise and applied technology capabilities to assist sites across the DOE complex in meeting legacy cleanup requirements. Savannah River applies this same expertise to solve other complex problems, such as sustaining our Nation’s nuclear deterrent, recovering rare and valuable isotopes for space, nuclear medicine and science applications, recovering and securing weaponizable nuclear materials, and developing and deploying advanced manufacturing methods to improve safety for DOE’s missions. Building on more than 50 years of technical innovation, the laboratory will continue identifying, developing and deploying innovative technologies for the Nation.

SRNL’s unique facilities include laboratories for the safe study and handling of radioactive materials, a field demonstration site for testing and evaluating environmental cleanup technologies, and laboratories for ultra-sensitive measurement and analysis of radioactive materials, and the Nation’s only radiological crime investigation laboratory.

A world-class culture of safety and security underpins the work of Savannah River National Laboratory, making it one of the DOE’s safest national laboratories.

SLAC National Accelerator LaboratoryExternal link

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is operated by Stanford University on behalf of the DOE. Since its opening in 1962, SLAC has been helping create the future. We built the world’s longest particle accelerator, discovered some of the fundamental building blocks of matter and created the first website in North America. Our top-notch researchExternal link facilities attract over 3,400 scientists from all over the world each year. Along with our own staff scientists, they’re working to discover new drugs for healing, new materials for electronics and new ways to produce clean energy and clean up the environment.

SLAC is home to the world’s first hard X-ray free-electron laser, the Linac Coherent Light Source. This revolutionary X-ray laser reveals intimate details of atoms and chemical reactions and makes stop-motion movies of this tiny realm, with the goal of doing the same for living cells.

Our scientists are also exploring the cosmos, from the origin of the universe to the nature of dark energy, and developing the smaller, more efficient particle accelerators of the future.

Six scientists have been awarded Nobel prizes for work done at SLAC, and more than 1,000 scientific papers are published each year based on research at the lab. The 426-acre campus of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is located in Silicon Valley, 30 miles southeast of San Francisco on the Stanford University campus.

Students gain first-hand research experience with a scientist or engineer on an exciting projectExternal link that will enhance their personal and professional portfolio. They live on Stanford University campus, participate in scientific lectures and workshops, and join in tours of local research laboratories and institutions. Students also enjoy exploringExternal link the natural beauty, rich diversity and culture, and breath-taking landmarks of the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley.

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