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Oak Ridge Associated Universities
Since 1946, students and faculty of The University of Alabama have benefited from its membership in Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). ORAU is a consortium of 96 colleges and universities and a contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. ORAU works with its member institutions to help their students and faculty gain access to federal research facilities throughout the country; to keep its members informed about opportunities for fellowship, scholarship, and research appointments; and to organize research alliances among its members.

Through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), the DOE facility ORAU operates, undergraduates, graduates, postgraduates, and faculty enjoy access to a multitude of opportunities for study and research. 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. Appointment and program length range from one month to four years. Many of these programs are specially designed to increase the numbers of underrepresented minority students pursuing degrees in science- and engineering-related disciplines. 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.  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, the Visiting Industrial Scientist Program, and various services to chief research officers. For more information about ORAU and its programs, contact Dr. Joe Benson, UA's Vice President for Research and ORAU councilor at (205) 348-4566; or Ms. Monnie Champion, ORAU corporate secretary, at (865) 576-3306; or visit the ORAU home page

  • Alabama Business Research Council
  • Alabama Council on Economic Education
  • Alabama Law Institute
  • Alabama Museum of Natural History
  • Alabama Productivity Center
  • Alabama State Oil and Gas Board
  • Other Research Organizations

The following organizations also contribute to the research environment at The University of Alabama:

Alabama Research Institute on Aging
Animal Care Facility
William R. Bennett Alabama International Trade Center
J. Nicholene Bishop Biological Station
Brewer-Porch Children's Center
Bureau of Educational Services and Research
Bureau of Legal Research
Capstone International Center
Capstone Poll
Cartographic Laboratory
Center for Business and Economic Research
Center for Current Accounting Issues
Center for Developmental and Learning Disorders
Center for Land Information Analysis and Mapping
Center for Materials for Information Technology (MINT)
Center for Public Television
Center for Teaching and Learning
Child Development Research Center
Coalbed Methane Resource Center
Critical Languages Center
Early Childhood Learning Center
Electron Microscope Laboratory
English Language Institute
Evaluation and Assessment Laboratory
Gadsden Educational and Research Center
Geographic Information Systems Laboratory
Geological Survey of Alabama
Health Research Consulting Service
Hess Institute for Retailing Development
Human Resources Institute
Infant Laboratory
Institute for Communication and Information Sciences
Institute for the Book Arts
Institute for Social Science Research
Institute of Alcoholism Research and Studies Inc.
Inter-University Consortium for Political Research
Laboratory for Human Osteology
Latin American Studies Program
Legal Counsel for the Elderly
Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium
Marine Science Program
Minority Culture Archives
Moundville Archaeological Park
National Network of State Polls
Natural Resources Center
Office of Archaeological Research
Office of Educational Media
Office of Informational Technology
Office of Institutional Research
Office of Sponsored Engineering Programs
Program for Rural Services and Research
Project ROSE
Psychology Clinic
Remote Sensing Laboratory
Research Grants Committee
RISE Program
Small Business Development Center
Speech and Hearing Center
State Data Center
Transportation Research Group
University Child Care Services
University of Alabama Arboretum
University of Alabama Art Gallery
University of Alabama Ichthyological Collection
University of Alabama Press
University of Alabama Theatre
U.S. Bureau of Mines
U.S. Geological Survey
West Alabama Comprehensive Services (WACS)



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