Argonne National Laboratory Educational Programs
Argonne Home >Educational Programs >

The deadline has passed and we are no longer accepting applications for the Summer 2014 Student Research Participation Program.

In addition to the U.S. Department of Energy's SULI Program, Argonne also offers the Student Research Participation Program (SRP). This program extends for a ten week period which begins on May 27, 2014 and ends August 1, 2014. There is limited flexibility in the appointment period. In addition to their research activities, participants attend a series of seminars and tours dealing with current topics in science and engineering.

A student will generally spend the first week of his/her Argonne experience with an Argonne staff member devising a research strategy and attending mandatory safety classes. For the next few weeks, the supervisor will provide considerable program assistance and guidance. Subsequently, the student will be required to submit a final research report.

Areas of Research

Basic scientific research programs in Physical and Life Sciences, Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering. Also applied research programs relating to Energy, Conservation, Environmental Impact and Technology, Nanomaterials, National Security, and Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems. Search the Research Projects Catalog for specific research project descriptions available at Argonne.


To be considered, an applicant must meet all eligibility requirements and submit an application comprising of all required materials. Transcripts are NOT required for the SRP program. 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 (includes two (2) letters of reference) Students are recruited from all U.S. undergraduate institutions and must:

a. Currently enrolled full-time as an undergraduate student
b. 18 years or older at the start of the program
c. U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Resident at the time of applying
d. Cumulative minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
e. Proof of coverage under a health insurance plan for the duration of their internship.It is the responsibility of each participant to secure insurance coverage before arriving at Argonne.

Applicants who will complete their undergraduate degree prior to starting their internship may apply as a "Senior", if (1) the applicant has not started a program of graduate study and will not matriculate as a graduate student prior to participating in the program; and (2) the time period between receipt of an undergraduate degree and starting the program is less than three months.

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


Students who are selected will be notified by email. The email will include the official offer package providing details of the project, stipend, housing, travel reimbursement, etc. Only one offer will be extended to an applicant during an application period. If the applicant declines, no additional or alternative offer will be made. The offer must be accepted within 10 calendar days.


Financial Information

During the appointment period, participants receive a stipend of $500 per week and housing. Stipends, housing or housing allowance, and travel are considered taxable income by the IRS. The Laboratory is required by law to report this income.

Transportation Reimbursement

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 Argonne. Travel will only be paid to those students 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 rate up to a maximum of $500.00 or the cost of the lowest commercial airfare, whichever is lower. Travel by air will be reimbursed at the cost of the lowest commercial airfare. Travel arrangements are arranged by the host division at Argonne.


Apartment type lodging facility is available on site. All housing arrangements for single students or married students traveling without their spouse are handled by Argonne's Educational Programs.


Students pay the appropriate tuition to their home university. In most cases, stUdents receiving financial aid remain eligible for their school's financial aid program. Students should consult their financial aid office.

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 before the deadline. Letters should be sent by email or fax.

Application Access

Student Research Participation Program Application

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I apply if I don't have Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) status, but I know I will get it before my appointment starts?
  2. This program states that it provides opportunities to undergraduate students. If I will graduate before the internship term for which I am applying, am I eligible to participate?
  3. 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?
  4. Do I have to have health insurance coverage to apply or can I wait until I'm selected to acquire it?
  5. Can I transfer my previous recommendations to my new application?
  6. Do my recommendation letters need to reach you by the deadline?
  7. Who should I get to write my letters of recommendation?
  8. Am I required to submit transcripts?
  9. Can I get in touch with scientists in areas I've chosen? Is this advisable?
  10. Will you let me know if I am missing parts of my application?
  11. How does the selection process work?
  12. How are applications judged?
  13. What are my chances of getting selected?
  14. Is this program only for natural science, engineering, mathematics, or computer science majors?
  15. If I decline an offer will I be considered by another group?
  16. If I don't get selected this time, will my application be reviewed again next year automatically or do I have to reapply?
  17. If I request a certain field of study am I guaranteed to be placed in it if I am accepted into the program?
  18. What if I can only participate for a portion of the appointment period due to other commitments?
  19. Is there any flexibility in start and end dates?
  20. Do I get any vacation during the appointment period?
  21. How often do I receive a stipend payment?
  22. What is my tax liability for the stipend I am paid as a participant in this program?
  23. What kind of travel reimbursement willi receive?
  24. Can I receive undergraduate credit for my internship?
  25. Does the program pay any tuition costs I might incur while participating if I am taking this for college credit?
  26. Do I have to prepare a report or give a presentation at the end of my appointment?
  27. What should I expect from the mentoring relationship at Argonne?

Contact Information at Argonne

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

Last Update: October 18, 2013

U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science | UChicago Argonne LLC
Privacy & Security Notice | Contact Us | Site Map | Search