Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL)

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Description

One of ten national laboratories overseen and primarily funded by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Brookhaven National Laboratory conducts research in the physical, biomedical, and environmental sciences, as well as in energy technologies and national security. Brookhaven Lab also builds and operates major scientific facilities available to university, industry and government researchers. Established in 1947 on Long Island, Upton, N.Y., Brookhaven is a multi- program national laboratory operated by Brookhaven Science Associates for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Six Nobel Prizes have been awarded for discoveries made at the Lab. Brookhaven has a staff of approximately 3,000 scientists, engineers, technicians and support staff and over 4,000 guest researchers annually. Brookhaven National Laboratory's role for the DOE is to produce excellent science and advanced technology with the cooperation, support, and appropriate involvement of our scientific and local communities.

Mission

The fundamental elements of the Laboratory's role in support of the four DOE strategic missions are the following:

  • To conceive, design, construct, and operate complex, leading edge, user-oriented facilities in response to the needs of the DOE and the international community of users.
  • To carry out basic and applied research in long-term, high-risk programs at the frontier of science.
  • To develop advanced technologies that address national needs and to transfer them to other organizations and to the commercial sector.
  • To disseminate technical knowledge, to educate new generations of scientists and engineers, to maintain technical capabilities in the nation's workforce, and to encourage scientific awareness in the general public.

Technology Disciplines

Technologies
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BSA 11-30: Enhanced Alkane production by Aldehyde Decarbonylase Fusion Constructs
BSA 11-31: Catalysts for interconversion of CO<sub>2</sub> plus H<sub>2</sub> and formic acid.
BSA 12-03: Method of Treating Depression
BSA 12-07: CUBICON Materials that Outperform Lithium-Ion Batteries
BSA 12-09: Nanoparticle Superlattices for Custom-designed Metamaterials
BSA 12-11: Sample Holder with Optical Features
BSA 12-17: Simple, Ethanol-Driven Synthesis of Core-Shell Nanoparticles
BSA 12-18: Radio Frequency-Assisted Fast Superconducting Switch - Recipient of the 2015 R&D 100 Award
BSA 12-27: Diamond Amplified Photocathode for the Generation of High-Current High Brightness Electron Beams
BSA 12-28: Non-Noble Metal Water Electrolysis Catalysts

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Facilities
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Advanced Optical Spectroscopy and Microscopy
Accelerator Center for Energy Research (ACER)
Accelerator Test Facility
Accelerator Test Facility (ATF)
Advanced UV and X-ray Probes
ATLAS
Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Climate Research (ARM)
Brookhaven Linac Isotope Producer
Center for Functional Nanomaterials
Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN)

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Goal

High school science teachers frequently say that students learn science best in the laboratory, recreating the experiments that defined modern scientific knowledge and conducting new, original research. Unfortunately, many of the most interesting experiments require equipment that is simply too costly to provide in a classroom laboratory, with price tags that can reach into the millions of dollars.

The goal of the InSynC program is to enable high school teachers and students to gain remote access to experimenting with synchrotron beamtime through a competitive, peer-reviewed proposal process. The program will train both teachers and students to formulate a hypothesis-driven scientific problem and learn the skills of writing a competitive beamtime proposal. It will broaden the scientific research community at the National Synchrotron Light Source and introduce synchrotron science into the high school curriculum. This program will start with local Long Island high schools, but we anticipate that it could be expanded to a nationwide competition and involve all US synchrotrons.

Implementation

Teacher training: Teachers interested in participating in this program first take part in an intensive, 3-day synchrotron training program at Brookhaven National Laboratory. The course involves an introduction to synchrotrons and techniques, hands-on experiments, tours, and proposal-writing sessions. The course is offered 3 times per year and teachers will receive continuing education credit for participating.

Beamtime Proposals: Teachers and students formulate a hypothesis and set of experiments using conventional and synchrotron-based methods. A beamtime proposal will be written and submitted online. An NSLS Proposal Review Panel (PRP) reviews and scores the proposals. The PRP consists of a mix of synchrotron scientists and science educators, and ratings are based on scientific merit and the educational nature of the project. The highest rated proposals are allocated beamtime. If teachers wish to continue the experiments, a continuation proposal can be submitted.

Beamlines and beamtime: Approximately 2-3 days of beamtime per cycle are allocated at 3 beamlines for InSynC proposals. Specifically, beamlines equipped for remote access capabilities are used, including U2B (infrared microscopy), X26A (x-ray fluorescence microscopy), and X6A (protein crystallography). As additional beamlines are outfitted, more beamlines will be made available.

Areas of research: InSynC proposals are accepted in all areas of scientific research. However, the need for synchrotron technique(s) should be emphasized and an appropriate beamline must be available. Based on the initial suite of beamlines available for this program, experiments in earth and environmental sciences, bioenergy, biomedical imaging, and structural biology are encouraged. In addition, engineering proposals involving the development of robotics for beamline operations will also be considered.

SPSI is a three week enrichment program to students who are members of an under-represented minority (African ancestry, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, or Pacific Islander) sciences.

Approximately 20 students are selected to participate.

The program consists of three one-week modules of instruction to include topics in physics, biology, chemistry, and environmental science.

Experienced educators engage the STEM-Prep Summer Institute participants in hands-on activities relating to the different types of research conducted at BNL.

**SPSI is a commuter program, transportation to and from BNL is not provided**

Audience for This Program

Ninth grade students from underrepresented minorities in science.

Rules & Eligibility Criteria

  1. Students should have demonstrated ability and/or potential in science-oriented studies and activities.
  2. Students are currently enrolled in the ninth grade.
  3. Student must be present and available from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for the during the three weeks of the program.
  4. Student must have reliable transportation to and from the Laboratory.
  5. Selected students will be ask to interview before final acceptance decisions are made

Only high schools in Suffolk County, Nassau County and Inner City Outreach schools are invited to submit nominees for participation.

Gaining Research Experience in the Environment

MISSION: To promote teaching, learning and research in all aspects of the environment for students from kindergarten through graduate school.

The G.R.E.En. Institute is located at Brookhaven National Laboratory and is run through the Office of Educational Programs.

In January 2006, the Office of Educational Programs at Brookhaven National Laboratory launched the Open Space Stewardship Program (OSSP) as part of its GREEN Institute. GREEN stands for "Gaining Research Experience in the Environment." The program fosters partnerships between schools and land stewards in their local communities. Students in grades K through 12 participate in environmental research on undeveloped land owned by either a public or private agency.

The Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate - Transformation (AGEP-T) Frontiers of Research and Academic Models of Excellence of Research and Academic Models of Excellence (FRAME) capitalizes on the rigor and research accomplishments at SBU and BNL. This in turn builds an equally productive, broader partnership aimed at helping Underrepresented Minority (URM) graduate students and postdocs who are U.S. citizens, develop the essential skills for success in intensive academic environments. The long term goal is to create a competitive and diverse pool of enthusiastic, ambitious and creative educators and researchers with the capacity to be leaders in academia and industry.

AGEP-Tis a new National Science Foundation Program committed to increasing diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields by building strategic alliances of institutions and organizations to develop programs to increase the success of underrepresented minorities in STEM.

Candidates will be selected based on eligibility, program expectations, and research proposals. Overriding consideration, when evaluating the application, will be the quality of the candidate. Successful candidates will serve a two-year term. The AGEP-T FRAME includes a competitive salary rate, additional funding for conferences/presentations, competitive benefits package, and relocation at the discretion of each department.

Program Expectations

Successful applicants will meet the same legal requirements required of all BNL employees. Papers published as a result of research conducted at BNL must comply with BNL publication procedures and require submission for legal review and approval. Additional expectations for the fellowship program include:

  • Proposed research scheduled to meet the laboratory's overall research needs
  • Participation on an education component for academic integration or mentoring
  • Annual performance evaluation progress reports
  • Mid-term evaluation/research expectations by mentor and program manager/coordinator
  • Final report due at fellowship conclusion to include: an abstract of the research conducted and copies of publications resulting from the research.

High School Research Program (HSRP) is a highly competitive, six week educational program where student work alongside Brookhaven National Laboratory scientific staff. Students who are invited to participate in the program will received an BNL guest appointment and must complete required training prior to the start date. Due to BNL safety regulations, students under the age of 18 may not be allowed to perform certain tasks.

HSRP is a commuter program, transportation to and from BNL is not provided. BNL does not provided housing for participants.

Audience for This Program

Students must have completed 11th or 12th grade and be at least 16 years old at the start of the program. Students with an interest in Chemistry must be 17 years old at the start of the program.

Rules & Eligibility Criteria

Rules and Eligibility criteria:

  1. Student must be available for the six weeks, Monday to Friday 8:30 to 5:00 p.m.
  2. Transportation and housing is not provided.
  3. Students must be a US citizen or Permanent Resident Alien (PRA)
  4. Student must be at least 16 year old at the start of the program and completed 11th or 12th grade.

Application Process

Follow the link below to apply. Be sure to have the following information at hand before starting the application process. Incomplete applications are not saved.

Application will open late December.


  • Names and contact information of references.
  • Copy of the school transcript.
  • Completed essay
  • School contact information
  • Parent and emergency contact information.

The United States Department of Energy (DOE), in accordance with its responsibility to encourage research and development in the energy area, awards grants of used energy-related laboratory equipment.

The United States Department of Energy (DOE), in accordance with its responsibility to encourage research and development in the energy area, awards grants of used energy-related laboratory equipment.

SPSI is a three week enrichment program to students who are members of an under-represented minority (African ancestry, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, or Pacific Islander) sciences.

Approximately 20 students are selected to participate.

The program consists of three one-week modules of instruction to include topics in physics, biology, chemistry, and environmental science.

Experienced educators engage the STEM-Prep Summer Institute participants in hands-on activities relating to the different types of research conducted at BNL.

**SPSI is a commuter program, transportation to and from BNL is not provided.**

Audience for This Program

Ninth Grade Under-represented minority in sciences.

Rules & Eligibility Criteria

  1. Students should have demonstrated ability and/or potential in science-oriented studies and activities.
  2. Students are currently enrolled in the ninth grade.
  3. Student must be present and available from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for the during the three weeks of the program.
  4. Student must have reliable transportation to and from the Laboratory.
  5. Selected students will be ask to interview before final acceptance decisions are made.

Only high schools in Suffolk County, Nassau County and Inner City Outreach schools are invited to submit nominees for participation.

Application Process

Students, see your school guidance counselor, science teacher or STEP coordinator for an application.

Guidance Counselors, teachers and administrators, if you have not received an email with the application information,and would like to, please email a request to Aleida Perez at pereza@bnl.gov

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