Check out the 2013 Siemens Summer of Learning Fellows!

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Siemens Teachers as Researchers (STARs)

A Siemens Foundation Initiative

Program Overview



STARs I: June 8-20, 2014

STARs II: July 20-August 1, 2014

*NOTE: Both STARs programs will be held at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.


Engage in hands-on research at one of America’s largest multipurpose labs!

Apply today to become a Siemens Teachers as Researchers (STARs) Fellow and shine bright at one of the U.S. Department of Energy's national laboratories this summer. Two groups of twenty educators will be chosen to attend an all-expenses paid**, two-week professional development program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.

STARs provides middle school and high school STEM teachers the opportunity to engage with top scientists and researchers on short-term research projects about current topics of national interest that are related to ongoing research at the laboratory. Working in small teams, teachers will collaborate with laboratory scientific teams to conduct assigned research projects on current topics of national interest. ORNL will provide additional leadership and resources to help you incorporate research into your science and math classrooms.

In addition to the research immersion, each lab will provide additional educational enhancements throughout the program in the form of seminars, mini-workshops, tours, and field trips to focus and expand the research experience.


About Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) largest, multi-purpose, national research laboratory. Our primary research areas are neutron science, advanced materials, biological systems, energy, national security, nanotechnology, chemical sciences, nuclear physics, and high performance computing.  ORNL is home to more than 50 scientific centers and specialized facilities, including the Spallation Neutron Source, National Center for Computational Sciences, Joint Institute for Neutron Sciences, Joint Institute for Biological Sciences, Bioenergy Science Center, Center for Nanophase Material Sciences, National Transportation Research Center, and the Tennessee Solar Initiative.  ORNL creates scientific knowledge and technological solutions that build the nation's expertise in key areas of science, increase the availability of clean, abundant energy, restore and protect the environment, and contribute to national security. Located in Oak Ridge, TN, ORNL is operated by UT-Battelle with an annual budget of $1.65 million.


Financial Benefits**

  • Paid travel (airline flights or up to $500 round-trip mileage reimbursement)
  • Paid lodging – double occupancy housing
  • Paid meals
  • Paid entrance fees for field trips and cultural activities
  • $500 stipend
  • $300 mini-grant to purchase equipment and/or supplies for your classroom

TAXES. Taxes, including income taxes, on prizes are the sole responsibility of winners. At the program's conclusion, ORAU will provide each winner with a written estimate of the program's fair market value (including the value of all meals, lodging and transportation provided).

PRIZE RESTRICTIONS. All expenses related to acceptance and use of the prizes and not specified are the sole responsibility of winners.




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