University Academic Programs and Resources
Christopher T. Hill, Vice Provost for Research
ORAU Councilor for George Mason University
Phone: (703) 993-2270
Monnie E. Champion, ORAU Corporate Secretary
Phone: (865) 576-3306
Since 1993, students and faculty of George Mason University have benefited
from its membership in Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). ORAU is a consortium
of 85 colleges and universities and a contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy
(DOE) located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. ORAU works with its member institutions
to help their students and faculty gain access to federal research facilities
throughout the country; to keep its members informed about opportunities for fellowship,
scholarship, and research appointments; and to organize research alliances among
Through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), the DOE
facility that ORAU operates, undergraduates, graduates, postgraduates, as well
as faculty enjoy access to a multitude of opportunities for study and research.
Students can participate in programs covering a wide variety of disciplines including
business, earth sciences, epidemiology, engineering, physics, geological sciences,
pharmacology, ocean sciences, biomedical sciences, nuclear chemistry, and mathematics.
Appointment and program length range from one month to four years. Many of these
programs are especially designed to increase the numbers of underrepresented minority
students pursuing degrees in science- and engineering-related disciplines. A comprehensive
listing of these programs and other opportunities, their disciplines, and details
on locations and benefits can be found in the ORISE Catalog of Education and
Training Programs, which is available at www.orau.gov/orise/educ.htm,
or by calling either of the contacts above.
ORAU's Office of Partnership Development seeks opportunities for partnerships
and alliances among ORAU's members, private industry, and major federal facilities.
Activities include faculty development programs, such as the Ralph E. Powe Junior
Faculty Enhancement Awards, the Visiting Industrial Scholars Program, and various
services to chief research officers.