Student and Postgraduate Training
Internship Programs for Students
USAISR offers opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students for research in laboratories dedicated to furthering combat casualty care. The goal of this program is to provide further educational development through practical research experience related to the student's academic goals. Participants are provided a USAISR staff research mentor to guide the student in understanding a project's concepts, performing hands-on research and contributing to manuscript preparation. Many of these opportunities involve part-time participation at the USAISR while the student completes courses at a local university. Through this program, USAISR has supported students during both undergraduate and graduate studies, with a number of students being awarded graduate degrees (MS, PhD) based on their work performed in USAISR laboratories.
The USAISR works with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) research participation program (RPP) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) to provide such opportunities. A memorandum of agreement has been established with the DoE for Department of Defense (DoD) ORISE participation. The ORISE RPP was established to broaden the nation's base of scientists and engineers by providing participants practical research experience in their field of study.
Postgraduate Fellowship Programs
Graduates who have earned an associate, bachelor's, master's, or PhD degree in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) field within the last 5 years from an accredited college or university are eligible for the postgraduate research program. The USAISR uses both the ORISE RPP and the National Research Council (NRC) Research Associateship Program to provide stipends for these educational opportunities. Like the ORISE RPP, the NRC Research Associateship Program promotes excellence in scientific and technological research conducted by the U.S. government through the administration of programs offering postdoctoral research opportunities at sponsoring federal laboratories and affiliated institutions, with the goal of "building the scientific bench."
- Participants in the USAISR Fellowship programs are not employees of the USAISR, but are participants in educational opportunities through either the ORISE RPP or the NRC Research Associateship Program.
- Research appointments are up to 1 year and are renewable for a total of 5 years of participation.
- U.S. citizens are preferred due to security procedures; NRC and ORISE will accept non-U.S. citizens only when appropriate.
- Stipends are set according to education level.
- Participants must have health insurance coverage prior to appointment. A health insurance supplement may be provided in addition to the stipend.
- Participants are highly encouraged to attend scientific meetings as appropriate, and travel expenses are covered.
- Participants are highly encouraged to publish their work in collaboration with USAISR mentors and scientists.