Seventeen undergraduate researchers from N.C. A&T and their sponsors traveled to Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee for a full day of networking and workshops. The program, CareerLink, served both student and faculty researchers with concurrent programming tracks.
The undergraduate students had an extensive facility tour as well as ample networking time with peers from across the country and ORNL researchers. Student programming focused on writing a competitive employment application in the technical research field, choosing a research area of interest and learning how to best convey laboratory skills and competence in a written resume.
The faculty and staff in attendance (Dr. Christopher Doss, associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Dr. Kenneth Flurchick, associate professor in the Department of Computational Science and Engineering; Mr. Paul Tuttle, director of proposal development within the Division of Research and Economic Development) were given technical guidance on how to collaborate effectively with ORNL researchers based on shared research interests. Each faculty member was assigned an ORNL mentor to work with in the coming months to select ideal research topics for collaborative pursuit.
This ORNL-sponsored career development opportunity is one of many available to both students and staff who are interested in pursuing research opportunities during their time studying and/or working at N.C. A&T.