Since 1956, students and faculty of the University of Miami have benefited from its membership in Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). ORAU is a consortium of 91 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 that ORAU operates, undergraduates, graduates, postgraduates, as well as 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 especially 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, which is available at, or by calling either of the contacts 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, the Visiting Industrial Scholars Program, consortium research funding initiatives, faculty research and support programs as well as services to chief research officers.

For more information about ORAU and its programs, contact Dr. Richard Bookman, ORAU Councilor for University of Miami by phone at 305-243-4487 or by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address); or contact Ms. Monnie E. Champion, ORAU Corporate Secretary, at 865-576-3306; or visit the ORAU Home Page (


Discoveries or inventions, whether or not subject to patent or copyright, developed by students as a result of research done or in connection with theses, dissertations or problems pertaining thereto, or as a result of a program of research financed wholly or in part by University funds, or by funds under the control of the University shall be the exclusive property of the University except as may be otherwise required by the terms of research grants or contracts. The University Patent and Copyright policy provides for the inventor(s) to share in any royalties received for any patented or patentable discovery or invention in which the University has a property interest. Any such discovery or invention shall be so disclosed promptly, but in any event within a period of not more than two months, to the Office of Technology Transfer. For specific information regarding the Policy, contact the Office of Technology Transfer, Medical Campus, 243-5689.


All research that involves the use of human subjects must be reviewed and approved by one of the University Institutional Review Boards for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research. This policy applies to both funded and non-funded faculty and student research. Any individual student research project, including thesis or dissertation, that involves human subjects must be approved by one of the committees prior to initiation of the research. If there are any questions on whether or not a project constitutes human subjects research, please refer to the policies and procedures on human subject research which can be found at For additional information, contact the Human Subjects Research Office at (305) 243-3195.

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