Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Florida State University is one of the core partner universities associated with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).
Oak Ridge National Laboratory is managed by the University of Tennessee and Battelle, Inc. Florida State University, along with seven other institutions (Duke, Georgia Tech, NC State, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Virginia, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech), is a core university partner in the research and educational mission of ORNL. As a consequence, FSU faculty, postdoctoral fellows and students are in a unique position to take advantage of the facilities and collaborate with scientists and engineers in Oak Ridge.
Associate VPR W. Ross Ellington serves as FSU's representative on the Core Partner University Liaison Committee and is available to provide more information as well as to facilitate the establishment of contacts with researchers at ORNL.
Some key areas of research at ORNL include:
In addition, ORNL has established a number of new interdisciplinary institutes which move across the laboratory divisional boundaries.
- Climate Change Science Institute (CCSI)
- Institute for Functional Imaging of Materials (IFIM)
- Urban Dynamics Institute (UDI)
FSU faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students are encouraged to take advantage of world-class user facilities at ORNL which include:
- Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS)
- Carbon Fiber Technology Facility (CFTF)
- Center for Structural Molecular Biology (CSMB)
- High Flux Isotope Reactor (HIFR)
- Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF)
- Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF)
- Spallation Neutron Source (SNS)
ORNL has a variety of early career fellowship programs for recent Ph.D. graduates as well as a large number of postdoctoral training opportunities. Other research programs at ORNL, such as internships and fellowships for undergraduates, graduate students and recent Ph.D. graduates, can be found through Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU).
FSU and their ORNL collaborators have a unique opportunity for graduate students to be jointly mentored through the Graduate Opportunities (GO!) Program at ORNL. Inaugurated in 2014, the GO! Program provides support for FSU graduate students to be co-mentored by an ORNL staff member. Funding for this program is derived from grants held by ORNL scientists and engineers and comes to FSU faculty in the form of a sub-contract. The period of stay at ORNL is very flexible ranging from a month to several years. For more information about ORNL's GO! Program contact W. Ross Ellington W. Ross Ellington.
On a limited basis, the Office of Research will provide travel support for faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students to attend workshops, visit/use facilities or meet with researchers at ORNL. For more information contact W. Ross Ellington.