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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

About PNNL

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Laboratory located in Richland, Washington state. PNNL’s mission is to transform the world through courageous discovery and innovation. PNNL’s vision is to perform science and technology that inspires and enables the world to live prosperously, safely, and securely.


Research at PNNL strengthens the U.S. foundation for innovation, and they help find solutions for not only DOE, but for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the National Nuclear Security Administration, other government agencies, universities, and industry.

More specifically, PNNL provides unique scientific equipment and science and engineering personnel to prevent and counter acts of terrorism through applied research in information analysis, cyber security, and the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. They also work to increase U.S. energy capacity and reduce dependence on imported oil through hydrogen and biomass-based fuels research and to reduce the effects of energy generation and use on the environment.


PNNL will be offering several STAR Fellowships, often involving multi-disciplinary research efforts. One ongoing project requires Fellows with a coding background working with a chemical management database project which tracks spills and interactions.

Other projects frequently look for Fellows with mathematical and/or chemical training, but projects are diverse and extend into marine energy projects at the Sequim Marine Sciences.

PNNL hosts other summer research opportunities and STAR Fellows frequently work with undergraduate teams during the course of their project.

Previous Summer Research at PNNL Includes:


Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
902 Battelle Blvd
Richland, WA 99354