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Originally appeared in August 16, 2005 Oak Ridger

Summer program brings student interns to ORNL


A select few, however, work on leading-edge technology with some of the world's foremost researchers, make lifelong relationships with other students from around the world, and get to know their way around the nation's top multi-purpose national laboratory.

Those in the latter group are among the summer interns from 13 colleges and universities who participated in the 2005 Research Alliance in Math and Science program at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Special to the Oak Ridger

Research Alliance in Math and Science students work with state-of-the-art technology at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, including the lab's EVEREST computer visualization room, demonstrated to RAMS students here by staff member Ross Toedte.

The RAMS program gives talented, highly motivated students an opportunity to put their fresh ideas and energetic drive into action on high-visibility, national-priority research projects, a press release stated.

Funded by the Mathematical, Information and Computational Sciences Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research under the U.S. Department of Energy, the program promotes collaborative efforts between national laboratories and universities to improve the quality and diversity of the U.S. workforce.

The project is administered through the Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate at ORNL

RAMS participants gain cooperative research experience with students and faculty from other universities, as well as researchers from DOE's national laboratories. The program is aimed at increasing the number of under-represented populations in the workplace by encouraging students to pursue advanced degrees in computer science, computational science, mathematics, engineering, and technology.

Program requirements include a research proposal, journal of research experiences, weekly seminars, project web page, oral presentation, poster presentation, and a research paper suitable for publication developed in concert with the mentor. More information on the RAMS program and participants can be found at http://www.csm.ornl.gov/Internships/RAMS/.

As part of the 2005 internship program, which ran from May 31 through Aug. 12, students toured the Spallation Neutron Source, the historic Graphite Reactor of the Manhattan Project, the High Flux Isotope Reactor, the William L. and Liane B. Russell Laboratory for Comparative and Functional Genomics (Mouse House), the High-Temperature Materials Laboratory, and the Center for Computational Sciences, which houses the National Leadership Computing Facility and EVEREST (Exploratory Visualization Environment for Research in Science and Technology).

Oak Ridge National Laboratory is a multiprogram research facility managed by UT-Battelle for the Department of Energy.

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