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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 under-represented communities and advises the department in developing tomorrow’s STEM problem solvers.

The Argonne Education Teen Advisory Council (ATAC) is a brand new opportunity for young people 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 virtually learn what it’s like to work at a United States Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory.

Membership on the ATAC is a commitment that requires you to contribute your time, energy, and ideas for the council. We will meet for 2 hours per month, with an expected 2-3 hours of additional activities outside of the meeting. This council will run from February to June of 2021. Membership in the council is voluntary without compensation.

ATAC Applications

The deadline to apply for the Argonne Education Teen Advisory Council (ATAC) is February 26, 2021. All applicants will be notified of decisions by March 21, 2021.

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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.
  • Be open to creating something entirely new, as this is the first year of the council!

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.