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WDTS Outreach Mini-Semester Program

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The Mini-Semester program provides undergraduate STEM students an exciting opportunity to interact with world-renowned scientists, engineers and research in a real-world setting at Brookhaven National Laboratory. 

This year we will be hosting two tracks, an Interdisciplinary Science track, and an Engineering/Technical track. Students will apply to their selected track. Both tracks will explore the science and unique opportunities and facilities at BNL. All students will interact with world-class scientists, engineers, facilities and build a network foundation of their own with laboratory administrators and the scientific community. Housing and transportation for the week will be supported by BNL.

  • Interdisciplinary Science 
    • Students in this track will be introduced to the broad wide range of first-class research conducted at BNL in the areas of Physics, Energy, Climate Science, Computational Science and user facilities. This week will help students understand different pathways to a variety of scientific careers, develop personal networking opportunities with the BNL scientific community and the laboratory administrators. Throughout the week, students will learn research concepts through hands-on activities that will be supported and reinformed directly by BNL researchers. Students majoring in all STEM areas are encouraged to apply. 
  • Technical/Engineering
    • The technical/engineering week will reflect the development of highly specialized instrumentation and controls that support the scientific enterprise at BNL and other national laboratories. This track will focus on sensor development and programming, troubleshooting, use of sensors and other instrumentation critical to facility operation and detection of various signals associated with research at the Lab. The program will be supported by technical/engineering subject matter experts with lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Local undergraduate students from community colleges and universities pursuing a technical or engineering degree are encouraged to apply. 

Program Benefits

The one week Mini-Semester Program over the winter break introduces traditionally underrepresented students in STEM fields to the internship and research opportunities available at BNL and the larger DOE community. Students will participate in:

  • Build a network foundation with laboratory administrators and the scientific community 
  • Hands-on activties supported by BNL scientists, engineers and technicians  
  • Learn about DOE WDTS internship opportunties 
  • Learn about current scientific research projects and areas of interest at BNL
  • Guided tours of BNL's scientific facilities to observe research projects in progress
  • Interact with world-class scientists, engineers, and user facilities

Eligibility Criteria

  • Members of the following traditionally underrepresented minority groups in STEM: African Ancestry, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islander, Women, LGBTQIA+ and rural students. 
  • Currently enrolled in a full-time college or university 
  • Applicant must be majoring in a STEM discipline and have demonstrated strong abilities and interest in STEM.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required
  • At least 18 years of age 
  • Available for the entire program from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Applicant must be U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (green card holder) of the U.S.
  • Active health insurance for the duration of the program 
  • Students accepted into the 2024 Mini-Semester will be required to complete a WDTS DOE internship application for summer 2024. 

Application Requirements

  • Completed application by the student 
  • Two recommendation letters, at least one STEM faculty member. 
  • An essay NO MORE THAN 500 words that identifies three areas of research being conducted at BNL of interest to the applicant and why the student is motivated to participate in the Mini-semester week.
  • If you are interested in applying, please ask your STEM faculty member for the application links. If you are an Administrator/Professor/STEM Department Chair or STEM mentor, please contact, Nicole Zmich ( for more information. 

Program Audience

Undergraduate Students