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Argonne Education Teen Advisory Council

Impacting the Next Generation of STEM Innovators with Your Voice

The Argonne Education Teen Advisory Council (ATAC) provides teen voices from communities under-represented in STEM fields and advises the department in developing tomorrow’s STEM problem solvers.

The Argonne Education Teen Advisory Council (ATAC) is an opportunity for Chicagoland teens to strengthen the impact of Argonne’s educational programs by providing feedback on current and future activities. While the ATAC is not a hands-on STEM program, as a member you’ll have access to STEM professionals and resources that align with your interests in a variety of fields. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn virtually and in-person what it’s like to work at a United States Department of Energy (DOE) laboratory.

Membership on the ATAC is a commitment that requires you to contribute your time, energy, and ideas for the council. Membership in the council is voluntary without compensation.

ATAC Applications

The application for the 2023-24 teen council is now open! The deadline to apply is Friday, October 20th.

Apply Now!

Application Requirements/Process

Council membership is by application only.

Council applicants for the ATAC must:

  • Be currently enrolled in high school (9th-12th grade).
  • Have a strong interest in STEM topics (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics).
  • Be committed to participating and collaborating with other council members.

We also require 1 recommendation from a teacher, employer, or educator from an out-of-school activity (not a relative).

As part of the Argonne in Chicago initiative, priority will be given to the students living in or attending school in the following Chicago neighborhoods:

  • Douglas (Bronzeville)
  • Oakland
  • Kenwood
  • Grand Boulevard
  • Hyde Park
  • Washington Park
  • Woodlawn
  • Grand Crossing
  • South Shore

A committee of Argonne Education staff members will select candidates to interview.

For more information, please contact: education@​anl.​gov.