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URA Visiting Scholars Program

The Visiting Scholars Program supports faculty and students from URA member institutions to work at Fermilab for up to one yearScholars visit to conduct research, attend conferences, and participate in summer programs at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. VSP is supported by contributions from over 94 URA-member universities located in the United States, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom.

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A roomful of students look at computer monitors in a lab

URA Sandia Summer Graduate Fellowship

Summer Fellows will work in close collaboration with Sandia’s scientists and engineers to engage in challenging R&D projects. Sandia’s mission is “To render exceptional service in the national interest” as one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Laboratories. As a DOE National Nuclear Security Administration laboratory, Sandia has a core mission in national security that is synergistically served by STEM.

URA Undergraduate Women in STEM

The URA-Fermilab Undergraduate Women in STEM internship engages women science and engineering undergraduate students from under-represented groups (American Indian/Alaska Native, African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander) to conduct research at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in fulfillment of its mission.

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SPARC: Science Policy & Advocacy for Research Competition

SPARC is a Science Policy & Advocacy for Research Competition for Graduate Students pursuing STEM research who are interested in developing skills in science communication, advocacy, and legislative research. SPARC’s goal is to spark student portfolios in science policy and engagement for the benefit of society. The 10-week virtual program culminates in active science advocacy and a competition. Three winning graduates students will visit Washington D.C. to speak with congresspersons on Capitol Hill and other federal policymakers.