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700 students and teachers involved in summer research at DOE'S Pacific NorthwestT Laboratory

July 02, 1993 Share This!

RICHLAND, Wash. – Measuring just how much pesticide is left on the food we eat, developing robotic hands and joints for industrial and medical uses and determining whether environmental pollution is changing the DNA of sagebrush are just a few of the research projects that students and teachers are participating in at the Pacific Northwest Laboratory this summer.

The U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest Laboratory in Richland, Washington, represents a multimillion dollar investment in scientific expertise and equipment. PNL, in turn, is investing its resources in future scientists and their teachers. In all, more than 700 visitors ranging from high school juniors to teachers to postdoctoral fellows are working on research projects with PNL scientists this summer. Special emphasis is placed on programs for minorities and female students who traditionally have not gone on to study or work in scientific or technical fields.

The participants from Washington state and around the nation work in the field or in a laboratory under the guidance of PNL scientists and engineers using state-of-the-art equipment rarely available in classrooms.

PNL's pre-college programs include Science Alive for elementary school teachers; OPTIONS in Science for middle school students and teachers and community college students; the DOE Student Research Apprenticeship Program for minority high school students; the DOE Teacher Research Associates program and the National Teacher Institute in Materials Science and Technology for middle and high school teachers.

University education programs include a wide variety of fellowships and research appointments at the Laboratory that provide university students with the opportunity to conduct hands-on research and strengthen their technical backgrounds. University faculty are able to further their own research and gain curriculum enhancement through collaborations with PNL staff.

DOE may be facing a shortage of workers who possess the highly technical skills needed to accomplish environmental restoration work and other scientific challenges in the coming years. PNL hopes to help offset that shortage by supporting students through the science education "pipeline" from elementary school through graduate school.

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Interdisciplinary teams at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory address many of America's most pressing issues in energy, the environment and national security through advances in basic and applied science. Founded in 1965, PNNL employs 4,300 staff and has an annual budget of about $950 million. It is managed by Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy. For more information, visit the PNNL News Center, or follow PNNL on Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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