Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)

Oak Ridge Associated Universities

Since 1950, students and faculty of Texas A&M University and its branch campuses have benefited from membership in Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). A consortium of 121 Ph.D.-granting universities across the United States, the United Kingdom, and Puerto Rico, ORAU provides research grants; promotes opportunities for collaboration among government, universities, and private industry; and creates smart partnerships for innovation and advances in scientific research and education. ORAU leverages this strong university by partnering with national laboratories, government agencies, and private industry to strengthen America's scientific research and education enterprise to enhance global competitiveness, to build public confidence in the management of health issues and environmental cleanup initiatives, and to enhance our nation's preparedness to respond to emergencies related to terrorist incidents and natural disasters.  

ORAU operates the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), a Department of Energy facility that provides access to a multitude of opportunities for study and research for undergraduates, graduates, postgraduates, and faculty. Students can participate in programs covering a wide variety of disciplines, including business, Earth Sciences, epidemiology, engineering, physics, geological sciences, pharmacology, ocean sciences, biomedical sciences, nuclear chemistry, and mathematics. A comprehensive listing of these programs and other opportunities, their disciplines, and details on locations and benefits can be found in the ORISE Catalog of Education and Training Programs, available at http://see.orau.org or by calling the contact below.

ORAU’s Office of Partnership Development seeks opportunities for partnerships and alliances among ORAU’s members, private industry, and major federal facilities. Activities include faculty development programs, such as the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards, which provide seed money for research by junior faculty at ORAU member institutions and are intended to enrich the research and professional growth of young faculty and result in new funding opportunities: the ORAU Events Sponsorship Program, which provides support for events that involve participants from more than one ORAU institution; the ORAU Travel Grants Program, which facilitates travel by a faculty or staff member from an ORAU sponsoring or associate institution; and various other support programs and services.

For more information about ORAU and its programs, visit www.orau.org or contact:


Vice President for Research
ORAU Councilor for Texas A&M University
(979) 845-8585