Argonne National Laboratory

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On April 19, 2012, Argonne's Science Careers in Search of Women Conference (SCSW) will celebrate its 25th anniversary, as the laboratory continues to give young woman first-hand experience with a plethora of different career possibilities available to them.  The program welcomes approximately 350 high school students and their teachers or guidance counselors each year and has reached almost 7,500 young women since its inception.
Program has inspired women in science careers for last 25 years

In 1987, Ronald Reagan shouted "tear down this wall!” urging Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to bring new opportunity, equality and freedom to millions. That same year, the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory started a program to help remove barriers that had prevented young women from starting careers in science and engineering. A quarter-century later, Argonne continues to strengthen its commitment to recruiting, retaining and promoting women researchers in every scientific and technical field.

April 9, 2012
“The possibilities of science are limitless,” said high school senior Avinash Prakash.  “Science is continually growing.  Through research we are part of a continuing process.”
New program puts high school students in role of scientists

In commencement speeches across the country, graduates have been warned to expect rocky times breaking into the workforce. Unemployment hovers between 8 and 9 percent. Competition is tough.

June 6, 2012
Dan Abraham, Argonne materials scientist
Ask a scientist: Battery life and care

Argonne battery scientists answer the question, "Can I make my battery last longer by letting it run all the way out before recharging?"

July 1, 2012
Zak Tilocco
Tilocco takes top honors for work on image processing in fuel injectors

A Kettering University senior received top honors for undergraduate research at the 2012 ASME Internal Combustion Engine Division Fall Technical Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.

September 26, 2012
Armando Mireles
VFP participant receives award

Armando Mireles, a participant in Argonne’s 2012 Visiting Faculty Program, received a Second Place award at the 2013 LSAMP conference.

February 16, 2013
Forrest Jehlik, Argonne mechanical engineer
Ask a scientist: Ethanol & car performance

Does ethanol extend or decrease your gas mileage?

September 13, 2013
The Tully Monster roved the warm, shallow seas that covered Illinois 300 million years ago. Click to enlarge.
High school students use nation’s top X-rays to study Illinois fossils

High school students learned to see fossils in a new light in an educational program that allowed students to work with both Illinois fossils and cutting-edge X-ray technology to gain experience in conducting science research.

October 2, 2013
23rd Annual Argonne Undergraduate Symposium

On Friday, November 1, 2013 Argonne National Laboratory hosted the 23rd Annual Undergraduate Symposium.

January 14, 2014
Katie Carrado Gregar is a nanoscientist and the user/outreach programs manager at the Center for Nanoscale Materials.
Ask a scientist: Nanotech in our lives

"Is there nanotechnology already in my consumer products?" Argonne nanoscientist Katie Carrado Gregar answers.

June 1, 2014
"I’m a climate modeler, so we’re trying to pin down what’s happening and what might happen, and for that we take the math approach." -Rao Kotamarthi, Argonne atmospheric scientist
Crowdsource: How do we tackle climate change?

"Crowdsource" asks scientists from varying fields to offer their unique perspectives on a universal problem. Today's question: How do we start tackling climate change?

June 1, 2014