Where Undergraduates Learn About Scientific Research by Doing Scientific Research
About the ProgramIn response to the growing concern about the decreasing numbers of U.S. citizens obtaining degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science sponsors the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI). This program provides special training and research experiences to undergraduate students at the DOE National Laboratories. SULI enables students to pursue technical careers and advanced educational
opportunities by giving them direct exposure to major scientific research facilities and to the Laboratory’s scientific and technical staff.
Program ComponentsParticipating students receive a weekly salary, a hous- ing allowance, and travel expenses. They spend either ten weeks in the summer or 16 weeks during the fall/spring semester at a DOE National Laboratory where they:
- Are matched with world-renowned scientists who serve as mentors
- Are trained to use advanced scientific instruments
- Develop professional and technical communication skills
- Attend seminars and lectures on scientific inquiry and recent discoveries
- Complete a research project which is formally documented in a paper and presentation.
EligibilityStudents for SULI are recruited from all undergraduate institutions and must:
- Be currently enrolled as an undergraduate student
- Be interested in a career in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics
- Be 18 years or older at the start of the program
- Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident Alien
- Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.
Financial InformationA salary of $500/week is provided as well as a housing per diem and travel reimbursement per DOE and PNNL program guidelines.
Application The application is on-line at http://science.energy.gov/wdts/suli/. Applications are available in October for summer and fall, and in August for winter and spring. The application for SULI is electronic and cannot be submitted by mail or fax.
Applications for Spring 2015 are due October 7, 2014
If you have questions, please contact:Marisela Linares-Mendoza SULI Program Manager Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Marisela.Linares-Mendoza@pnnl.gov, 509-371-7645