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Research Aide 2013 Kristen Hartman, from Brigham Young University, prepares samples inside this glovebox in a dry nitrogen gas environment.  Gloves enable the operator to conduct the experiments without admitting room air, and an airlock enables specimens to be introduced without contamination. The glovebox is typically used for blending nanoparticle or friction modifier mixtures that may be sensitive to moisture or oxygen, or particles that may need to be contained.

Application Deadline: None

To receive maximum consideration for the summer program, it is best to have your application completed no later than March 1.

In addition to research participation opportunities, Argonne offers Research Aide appointments to college/university students. These appointments, made primarily during the summer months, are designed to provide the Argonne scientific and engineering staff with technical assistance. Rather than designing their own research program, temporary employees are assigned specific technical tasks. Student-level temporary employees earn a salary, are expected to possess the skills required to do the assigned task when they arrive, and do not participate in the seminar series and field trips. Understanding the scientific basis for the temporary employee's work is generally not emphasized.


To be considered, an applicant must meet all eligibility requirements and submit an application comprising of all required materials. Transcripts are NOT required. To assess eligibility, and prior to the merit assessment and evaluation, an initial review of all applications will be conducted to verify applicant eligibility and ensure all the required application materials have been provided. Only those applications meeting all requirements will be advanced for merit review and selection. The application materials received will provide the sole basis for the evaluation and selection.

a. 18 years of age at the start of the appointment
b. Cumulative minimum grade point average 2.8 on a 4.0 scale
c. Pass a background check

Selection for any program is based upon a student's academic record, statement of interests, and his/her faculty recommendations.

Health Insurance

You do not need to have health insurance at the time of applying, but you must have health insurance coverage in order to work at Argonne. This requirement can be met with coverage from an Argonne or non-Argonne medical insurance plan. If you have coverage from a non-Argonne plan, please send proof of your coverage before your first day of work. If you plan to enroll in an Argonne medical plan, you may enroll on your first day of work at Argonne. If you choose to enroll in an Argonne plan, you will pay the full cost of coverage. Argonne will not share the cost with you. Plan details and costs will be provided by an Argonne Benefits Specialist on the first day of employment, but if you would like to plan ahead, you are welcome to contact a Benefits Specialist for information prior to your first day. If your last name starts with A-L, call 630-252-2985. If your last name starts with M-Z, call 630-252-2986. On your first day of work, please plan to either show proof of non-Argonne coverage (if you have not provided proof in advance) or enroll in an Argonne plan.


Students who are selected will be notified by email. The email will include the official offer package providing details of the project, salary, travel reimbursement, etc.

Financial Information

Salaries are competitive and are based upon the field of study and academic year status of the student.

Transportation Reimbursement

Students cannot be reimbursed for travel expenses for an interview trip. Transportation expenses are reimbursed for one round trip between your home or academic institution (the address on the student's driver's license will be used to establish eligibility for travel reimbursement) and the facility. Travel will only be paid for student's whose permanent addresses established by your driver's license is more than fifty miles away from Argonne. Transportation expenses will be reimbursed on the basis of the most direct route. Travel by a private automobile will be reimbursed at the current government mileage rate. Travel by air will be reimbursed at the cost of the lowest commercial airfare. Travel arrangements are arranged by the host Division at Argonne.


An apartment-type lodging facility is available on site. Students are responsible for making their own reservation with the Argonne Guest House.

Application Requirements

The application requirements include two (2) letters of recommendation. Applicants are encouraged to make the requests for recommendation letters as soon as possible. It is the responsibility of the applicant to inform their recommenders that they must submit the recommendation letter. Letters should be sent by email or fax to the address listed below.

Application Access

Research Aide Application

Frequently Asked Questions - Research Aide Program

  1. Are non-U.S. citizens eligible?
  2. I'm an undergraduate student, but I won't be 18 years old for another year. If this program is for undergraduate students, why can't I participate?
  3. Do I have to have health insurance coverage to apply or can I wait until I'm selected to acquire it?
  4. Can I transfer my previous recommendations to my new application?
  5. Who should I get to write my letters of recommendation?
  6. Am I required to submit transcripts?
  7. Can I get in touch with scientists in areas I've chosen? Is this advisable?
  8. Will you let me know if I am missing parts of my application?
  9. How does the selection process work?
  10. How are applications judged?
  11. What are my chances of getting selected?
  12. When and how will I find out if I've been selected?
  13. If I don't get selected this time, will my application be reviewed again next year automatically or do I have to reapply?
  14. If I request a certain field of study am I guaranteed to be placed in it if I am accepted into the program?
  15. Do I get any vacation during the appointment period?
  16. How often do I receive payment?

Contact Information

Lisa Reed
Research Aide Program
Communications, Education and Public Affairs Division
Argonne National Laboratory
9700 South Cass Avenue
Argonne, IL 60439-4845

Last update: May 12, 2014

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