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Argonne Science Semester


Todd Heidt

Director, Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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Scientific research is the focus of this program, offered through Knox College in cooperation with Argonne National Laboratory, a science and engineering research laboratory operated by the University of Chicago for the United States Department of Energy. Knox students may apply to the Argonne Student Research Participation Program in the spring for acceptance as assistant members of research teams at the internationally prominent laboratory to begin the following fall. Argonne National Laboratory is located in Lemont, Illinois, near Chicago.

Scientific problems under investigation at Argonne span the gamut from high-energy particle physics to alternative energy research and materials science. Alternatively, students may apply through the Department of Energy's Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) Program for a fall semester internship at a wide range of participating national laboratories, including Brookhaven, Fermilab, Lawrence Berkeley, and Los Alamos National Laboratories. 

Argonne hosts an annual undergraduate symposium that provides hundreds of undergraduate students opportunities to present their research and network with Argonne offers. Argonne also hires undergraduate students for part-time and temporary assignments to provide technical to our scientists and engineers.

Travel expenses, lodging and/or some per diem for performing research away from the home institution may be reimbursed (Knox students are eligible because Knox College is located more than 50 miles from the Argonne National Laboratory).

Applicants must be currently enrolled full-time, and must be 18 years or older, and must have U.S. citizenship.

Prerequisites: junior standing during participation, in-depth preparation in the natural sciences, computer science, or mathematics.
Credits: Between 3 and 4.5 Knox credits upon successful completion of the research term (determined in conjunction with your sponsoring Knox professor and the Registrar, who will help you determine how your research experience will transfer to Knox for academic credit and appear on your transcript as mentored independent study).

Program advisor: Professor Thomas Moses 

Learn more about Argonne Science Semester.

Summer Temporary Employment (basically, a research internship) is also available at Argonne National Laboratory. The Undergraduate Internship page has additional information.

Click here for more information about the application process, program selection, and more!

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