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The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, a major research center, is pleased to announce opportunities for college and university undergraduate students to participate in the Laboratory's ongoing research programs. In addition to such opportunities, the U.S. Department of Energy is directly sponsoring research participation at other DOE facilities. At Argonne, college/university students may obtain research experience through the Department of Energy's Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships Program or the Student Research Participation Program.

The SULI program is sponsored and managed by the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Science's, Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) in collaboration with the DOE National Laboratories. To apply for the SULI program at Argonne or another DOE Laboratory, you must submit an application at the Department of Energy web site for this undergraduate program. If you need assistance with the DOE application, please e-mail

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 expected to complete a pre- and post-survey, oral or poster presentation, 1500-3000 word research report, and a one-page peer review.

The program extends for a ten week period which begins on May 27, 2014 and runs through 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.

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.


a. Must be currently enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at an accredited institution, and also have completed at least one year as a matriculating undergraduate student at the time of applying (additional undergraduate credits obtained prior to enrollment cannot be applied to meet the minimum one-year completion requirement). Applicants who will complete their undergraduate degree prior to starting their internship may apply as a "Graduating Senior", if (1) the applicant has not yet started a program of graduate study and will not matriculate as a graduate student prior to completing the SULI term, and (2) the time period between receipt of an undergraduate degree and starting the SULI term is less than one year. Community college students are eligible to apply.

b. Undergraduate cumulative minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all completed courses as a matriculating student.

c. 18 years or older at the time the internship begins.

d. U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Resident at the time of applying.

e. Proof of U.S. Citizenship or Legal Permanent Resident.

f. Applicants are limited to participation in the SULI program to no more than two (2) internships.

g. Applicants can apply to the SULI program a maximum of three times.

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

Application Requirements

All Applications to the SULI program must be completed online through the online application system.

The Application requirements include:

a. Contact and education information.

b. Citizenship status.

c. Laboratory choice and research interests.

d. Essays.

e. Undergraduate transcripts submitted online with social security number and birthdate blacked out. WDTS will not accept mailed or emailed transcripts.

f. Two (2) letters of recommendation, submitted online. All letters of recommendation must be submitted through the online application system. WDTS will not accept mailed or emailed recommendation letters.


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 to this applicant. The offer must be accepted within 10 calendar days upon receipt of the system generated formal offer and related information. Successful applicants may be offered an appointment at either their first or second choice host laboratory. If the applicant declines an offer from their first-choice laboratory, there will not be an offer from the second choice laboratory.

Participant Obligations

a. Must complete the full 10 week program. Students should expect to spend approximately 40 hours a week working on their research projects or participating in the provided professional development opportunities

b. Must complete the entrance and exit surveys through the online system provided at the beginning and the end of the internship

c. Must behave in a responsible and professional manner

d. In advance of completion of their appointment, SULI participants must make either an oral or poster presentation on the outcome of their SULI related research activities, complete and submit a 1500 - 3000 word research project report, a general audience abstract, and a one-page peer review of another SULI intern's talk or poster. Report requirements, submission instructions, and additional guidance will be provided at the beginning of the internship period.

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 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 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.

Frequently Asked Questions - SULI Program

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

Contact Information at DOE:

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

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