Partnerships for Innovation
World-class research facilities offer unique opportunities to the next generation of scientists and engineers. As an advocate for both the participants and the research facilities, ORAU assists in connecting the best and most diverse students and faculty members to programs closely aligned with their own interests. It’s a process we have managed for more than 60 years, and we continue to do so for more than a dozen federal agencies.
Our current science education program opportunities include:
ORAU realizes that it can take years to cultivate highly qualified scientific and technical talent. In fact, with a large percentage of our nation’s scientific workforce nearing retirement age, filling the pipeline with graduates who are able to compete in the international science and engineering arenas has never been more critical.
For that reason, we have developed a research-based approach in designing, implementing, operating, and evaluating our science education and workforce development programs.
Learn more about the four components of the Research-Based Approach:
We have become an industry leader in assessing the needs our nation’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics workforce.
ORAU leads an aggressive recruitment campaign to encourage students, teachers and faculty to participate in science education programs.
We manage and oversee the administration of more than 150 science education programs.
ORAU conducts ongoing evaluations of its science education programs and analyzes long-term labor trends characteristic of our nation’s scientific workforce.
In the Research-Based Approach model, promoting the use of classroom technologies within every step of the process is the focal point of ORAU’s science education initiatives. Our Center for Science Education is dedicated to strengthening the scientific literacy of our nation by bringing advanced technology out of research labs and into our schools. It is a hands-on, technology-rich environment that bolsters the entire spectrum of education—including teachers, K-12 students, postdocs, and faculty members.