Category Archives: Announcements

Volunteers needed for Spoken Dialogue Data Collection

The Computer Sciences department is looking for volunteers to take part in a study that will collect audio recordings of two-person conversations. This study is a part of an ongoing research into improving Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices. The research is lead by Keith Vertanen (CS).

AAC devices help non-speaking individuals communicate and provide a crucial communication capability for people with conditions such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), autism and cerebral palsy.

During the study, you will be asked to record yourself speaking a series of turns in an existing two-person dialogue. The study takes approximately one hour and will take place on campus. You will be paid $10 cash.

To participate, you must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be a fluent speaker of English
  • Be willing to have your voice recorded and shared as part of a public research data set

Click here to schedule a session. For more information, email Jiban Adhikary.

Merck Innovation Cup 2019: Applicable for Medical Informatics and CNSA students

From June 23 – 29, 2019, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany will be hosting the Merck Innovation Cup (,

The Innovation Cup is an initiative for graduate students in natural sciences, computer sciences, and business administration to attend a training program near Frankfurt, Germany.

All travel, food and accommodation expenses are paid by us.

The Innovation Cup is designed to support the professional development of graduate students interested in the pharmaceutical industry. Participants learn how R&D in the industry works by lectures from Merck managers and scientists. The students will also advance an idea to a full project plan with their teams. The event brings together a promising new generation of talent with senior Merck managers and researchers and accomplished Merck retirees in a meeting of the generations. It also provides a unique chance to network with the brightest students from all around the world. Teams will work on innovative projects in the areas of: Oncology, Immuno-Oncology, Autoimmunity, Small Molecule Drug Discovery, Protein Engineering and Screening, Digitalization.

Postdocs and graduate students on their way towards a PhD in biology, chemistry, physics, medicine, biotechnology, bioinformatics, computer sciences, data sciences, informatics, biochemistry, pharmacy, engineering or related fields are invited to apply. In addition, advanced MBA students or recent MBA graduates with an interest in the pharmaceutical business and a background in natural sciences are also eligible.

The participating teams have the chance to win the Innovation Cup award endowed with EUR 20,000 for the most convincing project plan.

At the last day of the Innovation Cup a scientific conference with alumni from previous editions will be organized.

Applications are now possible at: (For U.S. and Canada)

Deadline: January 31st, 2019

We appreciate your help in making this unique opportunity known in your network and look forward to receiving many applications from students of your organization.

Please find enclosed a flyer announcing the event, we are happy to also ship printed hardcopies of posters or flyers to you if requested. Please let me know!

Thank you for your support!

Mit freundlichen Grüßen/Best regards

Uli Betz

Dr. Ulrich A.K. Betz

Vice President │Department Head Innovation & Entrepreneurship Incubator


Fellowships, Scholarships, and Opportunities available from ORAU

L.I.V.E. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists Virtual Career FairFinal Reminder

Looking for an opportunity to participate as an undergraduate in science, technology, engineering or math research at a one-of-a-kind National Laboratory?  Join us from 1-3 p.m. EST Thursday, November 29th, 2018, for the L.I.V.E. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) Virtual Career Fair and discover the opportunities to participate in the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) and the Community College Internships (CCI) at six participating labs/facilities!

During L.I.V.E. you can:

  • Interact with recruiters, scientists, and researchers
  • Explore information about each lab/facility
  • Learn more about the SULI and CCI experience

For more information and to pre-register now visit


ORNL Pathways to Computing Internship Program accepting applicationsNEW!

The ORNL Pathways to Computing Internship Program at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is a 10-week summer program that provides undergraduate students with research projects in computer science and mathematics. Students will learn under the direction of ORNL research staff and will participate on projects in diverse domains including computer science, health data science, and climate science. Selected interns will have access to ORNL’s leadership-class facilities, including Summit, the world’s most powerful supercomputer.

ORNL’s Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate oversees an immense store of computing power and its talented staff of computational scientists and mathematicians, conducting state-of-the-art research and development in computer and computational sciences in support of the Department of Energy’s missions and programs.

As a part of the ORNL Pathways to Computing Internship Program, the Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate is committed to increasing diversity among interns and staff. We believe the teams required to solve the nation’s most pressing science challenges are those that bring together a wide-range of backgrounds and perspectives and all are encouraged to apply.

Selections will be made on a rolling basis and continuing until applicants have been chosen. To be considered for selection, applications must be fully completed and submitted and two recommendations must be received within the Zintellect system. For best chance of selection, you must complete your application as soon as possible.  Start date of June 3, 2019 and ending date of August 9, 2019.  For more information visit


Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis Program Accepting Applications for Spring and Summer 2019 Reminder

The Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis (NESLS) program, a cooperative research initiative at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)—administered through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) and geared toward students working in nuclear engineering and science—is now accepting applications for spring and summer 2019.  NESLS offers students on-the-job educational and research opportunities at a multidisciplinary national laboratory. Research areas of interest may include nuclear security technologies; nuclear systems analysis, design and safety; fuels, isotopes, and nuclear materials. Other features of the internship include:

  • Stipend based on academic status, ranging from $529-$935 per week for full-time; pro-rated for part-time
  • Travel/housing assistance (based on eligibility)
  • Professional development activities
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0
  • Open to U.S. and eligible international citizenship

To be eligible, students must be enrolled at an accredited 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 ORNL.

Applicants seeking an internship in spring 2019 must apply by Jan. 6, 2019, and applicants seeking an internship in summer 2019 must apply by Feb. 28, 2019. Program applications for both the spring 2019 and summer 2019 internships must be submitted through the online application system. Other scientific educational programs offered at ORNL are also available and currently seeking applicants; visit for more information.


2019 Summer ORISE Fellowship Opportunity at CDCReminder

A summer fellowship opportunity is available in the Division of Laboratory Sciences (DLS) within the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.  DLS provides laboratory support that improves the detection, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of environmental, tobacco-related, nutritional, newborn, selected chronic and selected infectious diseases.  DLS also works to improve the rapid and accurate detection of chemical threat agents, radiologic threat agents, and selected toxins.  Collaborating with a multidisciplinary team, the selected participant will use state-of-the-art laboratory equipment to address topics relevant to public health.  This will allow the participant to gain hands-on experience in applied analytical chemistry and enhance their knowledge of its applications to public health.

This opportunity is open to all current undergraduate and graduate students majoring in chemistry.  U.S. Citizens only.  The application deadline is Friday, January 18, 2019 12:00 AM EST.  The appointment is for one summer (May 23, 2019 through August 2, 2019).  If you have questions, send an email to  Please include the reference code CDC-DLS-2019-0013 in your email.


National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship ProgramReminder

The National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship is a one-year residency program for recent library science graduates interested in a career in health sciences librarianship. The program combines curriculum and project work and is located at the National Library of Medicine on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

The Associate Fellowship provides knowledge and skills in project work ranging from:

  • Fundamentals of data science, and projects in data wrangling, data analysis, data visualization, programming, and data policy
  • Creation of online tutorials and educational videos, conducting user needs assessments
  • Development of an in-depth understanding of the development, production, implementation of NLM product and services

The Associate Fellowship offers opportunities for professional development through:

  • Participation in lectures, exercises, conferences, short and extended visits to other health sciences libraries
  • Workshops on work style, resume review, negotiation, and presentation skills
  • Mentorship from a program coordinator and NLM staff who serve as preceptors

For a full description of this opportunity and to submit your application, visit  If you have any questions, please send an email to  The application deadline is January 25, 2019, 11:59 PM ET.


U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Fusion Energy Sciences Postdoctoral Research ProgramNEW!

The Fusion Energy Sciences Postdoctoral Research Program offers recent doctoral degree recipients the opportunity to conduct research in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) fusion energy research and development programs. Participants acquire experience and training in areas of fusion energy science, interact with outstanding scientists and engineers, and have access to advanced equipment and facilities. Appointments are made to a wide range of fusion energy centers.

For more information visit  The application deadline is January 31, 2019, 4:00 PM EST.


Summer ORISE Fellowship Opportunity at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)NEW!

Summer research opportunities are available at the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Jefferson, Arkansas.  Selected individuals will train alongside NCTR investigators who conduct FDA mission-critical, translational research, that provides a scientifically sound basis for FDA regulatory decisions, and that reduces risks associated with FDA-regulated products.

This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and FDA. The appointment period is full-time for up to 10 weeks beginning May 28, 2019. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Participants do not become employees of FDA, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.

Application deadline is February 15, 2019 11:59 PM ET.   Reference deadline is February 22, 2019 11:59 PM ET.  For additional information about this opportunity, NCTR or FDA, please visit


Artificial Intelligence Summer Institute (AISI) – NEW!

The Artificial Intelligence Summer Institute (AISI) will collaborate with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) scientists on solving problems of national and scientific interest, engage in educational and professional development opportunities, explore career opportunities at national laboratories, and interact with and present their research to ORNL’s scientists.

As part of the summer institute, students will be organized into teams with diverse educational backgrounds and develop their skills to help solve scientific challenges using artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data science.  They will learn from ORNL mentors who have expertise in artificial intelligence and machine learning and/or domain sciences such as physics, materials, or biology.  Students will participate in educational and professional development seminar series.  They will also learn and participate in scientific communication exercises to prepare them for a career in scientific research, including oral and poster presentations and technical reports.

For a full description of this opportunity and to submit your application, visit  The application deadline isMarch 31, 2019, 11:59 PM ET.


Data Management and Curation Fellowship at the National Transportation Library (NTL) Reminder

Joining the Data Curation and Data Management (DCDM) team at the National Transportation Library (NTL), the selected participant will be offered an opportunity to gain hands-on learning and skills in data management and data curation best practices, relating to transportation data, including aviation data produced by the BTS offices and US DOT funded researchers. The Fellow will learn to create and evaluate data management plans; craft data curation standards, operating plans and policies. The Fellow will learn how to catalog datasets for preservation, conduct data format migration and be exposed to other data services; all within the context of providing access to an entire research or statistical package which will contain data and reports.

Under the guidance of a mentor, opportunities to gain skills and experience may include:

  • Applying data management best practices to high-value transportation datasets, including aviation data;
  • Using national and international standards to author metadata documentation;
  • Programmatically minting persistent identifiers for datasets;
  • Migrating and curating legacy datasets;
  • Documenting and cataloging data packages;
  • Operating a digital repository;
  • Engaging in data management and curation outreach across the US DOT

For a full description of this opportunity and to submit your application, visit  If you have any questions, please send an email to


Geospatial Data Creation and Curation Fellowship at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)Reminder

Have you ever wanted to influence and improve the effectiveness of geospatial data at the national level? Are you detail-oriented and committed to producing high-quality data products? Join us as we lead the development of new and improved national geospatial transportation products in the era of big data.

You will learn to create and curate geospatial datasets related to our Nation’s transportation systems that are used by government officials, researchers, and the American people. To achieve your learning objectives, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with those other U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) offices and Federal agencies that help maintain geospatial data and analytical capabilities. Your learning opportunities will also include the ability to participate in inter-agency efforts relating to the development and improvement of geospatial data and analytical applications.

For a full description of this opportunity and to submit your application, visit  If you have any questions, please send an email to

Jim Obergefell, Supreme Court marriage equality ruling on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at the Rozsa Center

I hope you can all join us for our second Social Justice Lecture Series Speaker.
Jim Obergefell will speak about his experience at the heart of the Supreme Court marriage equality ruling to move and encourage audiences to stand by their beliefs—and prove that love always wins. With his story of love, loss, dedication, and commitment, he brings audiences along on his emotional and empowering journey and his continued fight for human rights.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at the Rozsa Center. Tickets are FREE!!Obergefell poster 2

Free Screening: “The S Word” at 7:30 p.m. Monday (Sept. 10) in Fisher 135

The most dangerous word is Silence. Speaking the word Suicide is not the problem. It’s the silence that so often surrounds it.

Join us for a free screening of the award-winning documentary, “The S Word,” at 7:30 p.m. Monday (Sept. 10) in Fisher 135. In this film, a suicide-attempt survivor is on a mission to find fellow survivors and document their stories of unguarded courage, insight, pain and humor. Along the way, she discovers a national community rising to transform personal struggles into action.

“The S Word” chronicles Dese’Rae Stage, founder of the project Live Through This, on her journey and the journey of other survivors in a powerful feature documentary that puts a human face to a topic that has long been stigmatized and buried with the lives it has claimed.

Campus professionals and student leaders will hold discussions immediately following the screening at various campus locations (in residence halls and in Fisher 135).

This film is appropriate for adults and youth over the age of 14, it is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Housing and Residential Life, Title IX and Counseling Services.