"GO!" program

Feature photo by Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education

The overarching GO! program offers a unique chance to earn a degree from a leading research university, while conducting research at the nation’s largest multi-program science and technology laboratory. From designing revolutionary materials for energy generation, storage, and use to helping to secure cyberspace, you will have the opportunity to conduct basic or applied research that:

  • Strengthens the nation’s leadership in key areas of science.
  • Increases the availability of clean, abundant energy.
  • Restores and protects the environment
  • Contributes to national security.

GO! students initially follow course work at their home university though,  in some cases they may take specialized courses from other participating universities. The program is designed to be flexible in the time spent doing thesis research at the home university and ORNL, and offers a unique graduate experience including:

  • Interdisciplinary courses matched to research goals.
  • Mentoring by world-class faculty and research scientists
  • Access to some of the world’s most advanced scientific and engineering facilities.
  • An international environment that offers opportunities to network with other graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from diverse backgrounds.
  • An entrepreneurial culture that stimulates technology transfer.

Doctoral research collaborations have been established at:

Boston University, Colorado School of Mines, Duke, Florida State University,  Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Michigan State University, Michigan Technological University, Middle TN State University, North Carolina State University, Ohio State University, Oregon State University, Purdue, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Rice University, Tennessee Technical University, Texas A&M University, UC-Davis, University of Florida, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Memphis, University of Missouri,  University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Tennessee –Chattanooga, University of Tennessee-Knoxville,  University of Virginia, University of Wisconsin Madison, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Vanderbilt University, Virginia Tech and Washington State University. Applications for this program must be made to the partner university.