DOE Laboratory Practicum
The practicum (research experience) offers a unique opportunity for fellows to work in a DOE national laboratory setting alongside some of the world's most respected scientists. It also provides rare insight into how fellows' scientific interests can be used to further research critical to the nation.
Spanning a minimum of one 12-week period, the practicum can be completed any of the four national defense laboratory sites:
- Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Livermore, Calif.)
- Los Alamos National Laboratory (Los Alamos, N.M.)
- Sandia National Laboratories, California (Livermore)
- Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico (Albuquerque)
Each site has dedicated a staff member in the role of practicum coordinator. These individuals assist fellows in finding a practicum host and help them with questions over the course of the experience.
Fellows use the practicum as a time to learn new skills and expand research capabilities outside of their thesis study area. This research experience is typically completed during the summer, but can be accomplished at any time within the first two years of the fellowship. Fellows receive appropriate travel reimbursement and an additional financial allowance to cover extra expenses during the practicum.
Upon request, fellows have the opportunity to participate in an optional second practicum. This affords interested individuals a chance to spend time at a different DOE laboratory working on a research project of interest.