Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis
The Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis (NESLS) program is a cooperative research initiative geared toward students working in nuclear engineering and science. Through one- to three-year summer internships, NESLS offers students on-the-job educational and research opportunities at a multidisciplinary national laboratory.
- Maximize the abilities of students through cooperative research with mentors at a national laboratory
- Increase on-the-job research opportunities
- Provide a learning environment useful to both national laboratories and students
- Train next generation nuclear scientists
|Nuclear Security Technologies|
control, and accounting
|Arms control assessments||Fissile material Detection|
|Export control||Fissile material disposition|
|Nuclear threat reduction|
|Nuclear Systems Analysis, Design, and Safety|
|Radiation shielding||Systems analysis|
|Reactor physics||Facility safety|
|Criticality safety||Risk assessment|
|Thermal hydraulics||Regulatory support|
|Nuclear data and codes||System instrumentation and controls|
|Material and fuel irradiation||Enrichment technology|
|Advanced space reactors|
|Fuels, Isotopes, and Nuclear Materials|
|Nuclear fuels||Separations science and technology|
|Heavy element production||Nuclear process and equipment design|
|Stable and radioactive isotopes||Robotics and remote handling|
|Medical isotope development||Chemical engineering|
While You Are Here:
- Enrich your laboratory experience by attending the lecture series to learn of the work of outstanding speakers
- Network with laboratory research staff and with fellow students through work and social events
- Take technical tours of facilities at ORNL
- Prepare and present your project to laboratory staff and fellow students
Eligibility: The ORNL NESLS program is open to full- or part-time students enrolled at a U.S. college or university in a nuclear engineering, science, or eligible related degree with a 3.0/4.0 cumulative GPA at the time of appointment. Community college students must be working towards an Associate of Science or Associate of Engineering degree. All awards and active participation in the program are contingent upon security access approval to Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Qualifications: Student applicants will be chosen on the basis of academic performance, class standing, career goals, recommendations, and compatibility of educational interests and abilities with the needs of ORNL.
- Degree: Currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree, Master's degree, Doctoral degree or Associate's degree
- Overall GPA: 3.00
- Affirmation: I certify that my cumulative GPA is at least 3.0/4.0, I will be 18 years old by start of appointment, and I am currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate nuclear engineering, science or related eligible degree program at a U.S. college or university. If in a community college, I am enrolled in an Associate of Science or Associate of Engineering degree program.
- Physics (All)
- Earth and Geosciences (All)
- Engineering (All)
- Life Health and Medical Sciences (All)
- Mathematics and Statistics (All)
- Other Physical Sciences (All)
- Computer Sciences (All)
- Environmental and Marine Sciences (All)
- Social and Behavioral Sciences
- International Relations
- Political Science and Government
- Public Policy
- Risk Analysis
- Science Policy/Science & Society
- Nanotechnology (All)
- Public Affairs
- Veteran Status: None
Application Procedure: Applications for the summer program must be submitted prior to the February 28 program deadline. A limited number of slots are available during fall and winter sessions. Applicants may apply for NESLS via the online application form.
Selection: The award will be based on mentor's selection and project funding availability. Applicants will be notified of acceptance on or around April 15 for the summer session.
Duration: The award is an appointment of at least 10 weeks. Renewals are limited.
Benefits: Travel to and from (max $1000); Housing allowance of $150/week if located more than 50 miles from laboratory.
First Year (Freshman)
Second Year (Sophomore)
Third Year (Junior)
Fourth Year (Senior)
Health Insurance: Each participant is required to have coverage in a health insurance plan. It is the responsibility of each participant to secure insurance coverage before arriving at the appointed site.
Deadline for applications:
To apply for NESLS Fall 2016 (open June 1, 2016 – September 15, 2016, click the link below:
ORNL NESLS Program Application ***NEW***
For additional information contact: