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## DOE Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the largest science and energy laboratory in the Department of Energy system, has spring internships available for interested undergraduates.   Scientific programs focus on materials, neutron sciences, energy, high-performance computing, systems biology and national security.

## DOE announces Office of Science Graduate Fellowship Program

The Department of Energy has announced the Office of Science Graduate Fellowship (SCGF) Program, a three-year award providing partial tuition support, an annual stipend for living expenses, and a research allowance for full-time graduate study and thesis/dissertation research at U.S. academic institutions.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and first- or second-year graduate students or undergraduate seniors at the time of application. They must be pursuing or plan to pursue advanced degrees in areas relevant to the Office of Science research, e.g., physics, materials sciences, chemistry, biology, applied mathematics, computer and computational sciences, environmental sciences, and some areas of engineering.

This year the Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) will make awards in 3 major areas: Computer Science, Applied Math and Network Environment Research.

Complete information about the program and a link to the online application can be found on the SCGF website. Applications are due Tuesday, January 3, 2012.

## House Republicans Introduce Year-Long CR with Cuts to Research and Education Agencies

On Friday, February 11, House Republicans proposed legislation (H.R. 1) to fund the federal government for the remainder of Fiscal Year (FY) 2011.  Republican leaders in the House have announced that the continuing resolution (CR) will cut $100 billion in federal spending from the President’s original request for the remainder of FY 2011. This announcement came after an earlier proposal with a proposed$58 billion in cuts was scuttled due to pressure from the fiscal conservatives in the House.

Not all federal research and education agencies are treated equally in the CR, however most of these agencies would experience cuts below the President’s FY 2011 budget request, with some agencies receiving decreases below FY 2010.  Of the major extramural federal research and education programs, the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science, the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), the Department of Education (DoED) Pell Grant program, and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) were hit particularly hard. The House is expected to debate the bill this week with numerous amendments to be offered.  Below is a brief breakdown of the funding levels included in the CR for the National Science Foundation (NSF), DOE, the Department of Defense (DOD), and NIH. Read the rest of this entry »