Printed on: August 29, 2013

CAES creates new scholarship program

By ALEX STUCKEY
astuckey@postregister.com

The Center for Advanced Energy Studies has created a new scholarship program specifically for Idaho students.

It's called the Energy Scholars program, a mentored internship designed to provide "real-world experience addressing energy challenges."

"(Students) will be working on projects that fit into the CAES' mission," said Erin Hanson, Idaho National Laboratory intern program specialist.

CAES will select three students from each of its three partner universities -- Boise State University, Idaho State University and the University of Idaho -- for the summer 2014 internship. The plan is to begin recruiting students in October, Hanson said.

"We really want to open the way for Idaho students to excel," CAES Director Steve Aumeier said in a news release. "We want to attract the best and the brightest, and send them off with the best background and education for their careers."

Aumeier founded the program, inspired by a fellowship he once had at Argonne National Laboratory outside Chicago.

"I wouldn't have gotten this far into working in laboratories without this kind of program," he said.

CAES had a test run of the program in which eight students participated during summer 2013, Hanson said.

Hanson said the program targets undergraduate students with a 3.5 cumulative grade point average.

To be eligible, students must be enrolled at one of the three partner universities and be pursuing a science, technology, engineering or math degree or closely related field.

For more information, contact Hanson by email at erin.hanson@inl.gov or by calling 526-0318.