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Golden, Colo., July 29, 1998 Eleven future scientists from across the country are gaining valuable research experience at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden this summer thanks to an innovative program designed to give undergraduate students access to U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories.
The Energy Research Undergraduate Laboratory Fellowship program offers academically talented students opportunities in energy production, use and conservation.
"During my time here, I hope to contribute to a new outlook, new energy and new ideas - and to help achieve something unique and interesting," said Angela Thomas, a junior at Wayne State University in Redford, Mich. She selected NREL because of the lab's emphasis on energy conservation and the environment.
Thomas works with Fred Keller, senior biochemical engineer in NREL's Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals Center, to create improved processes for using renewable raw materials to derive chemicals normally obtained from petroleum.
"Working with interns creates a win-win situation for all involved," Keller said. "Students have the freedom to explore and test their ideas. We have the opportunity to make a worthwhile investment in their education and help shape the future."
Students spending their summer at NREL are from colleges in Boulder, Westminster and Fort Collins, Colo.; Rochester, N.Y.; Columbia, Mo.; Raleigh, N.C.; Redford, Mich.; and College Place, Wash. A complete list of students' colleges and hometowns is attached.
Summer and fall internships are available at 11 DOE facilities. Selection of students is based on academic record, recommendations and compatibility of the applicant's background and scientific interests with the lab's research programs. Students receive a weekly stipend from DOE's Office of Energy Research.
For more information about this program, visit the Web site at www.orau.gov/doe_erulf.