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Education and Outreach Programs Division

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship Report Guidelines

The following is adapted from the DOE SULI Program Deliverables Requirements and Guidelines, and is written for participants in the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program.

The SULI report is a 15003000 word paper about your project-related internship activities. It must be formatted following the excerpts from the American Institute of Physics (AIP)‘s 4th Edition Style Manual found in the DOE guidelines. The report must be submitted in PDF format to the WARS online system before the end of your appointment. It should contain the following core components:

Title Page

A single cover page containing the following:

  • The title of the report, placed one-third of the way down the page. In the title, the first letter of the first word is capitalized; thereafter, only proper nouns are capitalized.
  • Author’s name and contact information (such as an email address).
  • Author’s home university (include the city and state).
  • Argonne supervisor’s name, his/her division, and Argonne National Laboratory”.
  • A sentence stating that the report was prepared for the SULI program.
  • The date of submission.
  • The report abstract (detailed below).


A single paragraph summary of the significant items in the paper, including the results and conclusions. In combination with the title, the abstract must be an adequate indicator of the contents of the report. The abstract must be written in 500 words or less, be double-spaced, and have margins that are wider than the margins of the main body. Readers rely on the title and abstract to determine whether they will read your report, so be descriptive in creating your title and abstract, avoid unfamiliar abbreviations, and refrain from repeating your title in your abstract.


One or two paragraphs that introduce the subject, state the purpose of the paper, indicate the scope of coverage, and acknowledge the limitations of the study. For lengthier studies, the introduction should also map out how the report is organized.

Main Body

A detailed account of methods and results. How the main body is organized and how section headings are labeled are left to your discretion, but the order must be logical and the body must include all the important elements of the message you want to convey.


This section can perform one or more of the following functions before ending with a graceful termination:

  • summarize
  • state conclusions based on the evidence presented in the paper
  • provide recommendations

Please note that some papers do not need a separate concluding section, particularly if the conclusions have already been stated in the introduction.


A section that recognizes individuals and organizations that supported your research project. Remember to include the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, and Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS).


An optional section for supplementary materials. Supplementary material include any information that is necessary for completeness but would detract from the orderly and logical presentation of your work if inserted into the main body of your paper. If you place more than one item in the appendix, label each item separately and in alphabetical order — APPENDIX A, APPENDIX B, APPENDIX C, etc. The appendices in full should not exceed three pages.


A list of all scholarly work that contributed to your report. References must be cited according to AIP style (see Table II on page 10 of the DOE guidelines, or consult the AIP Style Manual 4th Edition). References should be organized numerically, following the order that they appear within the report.

Report Format

  • American English
  • 12-point font
  • numbered pages
  • single column format
  • single-spaced paragraphs (except for abstract, which is double-spaced)
  • indentation at the beginning of each paragraph
  • 3000 words maximum (excludes title page, appendices, references, footnotes, and acknowledgements)

AIP Format

The following examples are copied from page 9 of the American Institute of Physics (AIP) Style Manual 4th Edition:

For a journal article

Author’s first name or initial, Author’s last name, Title of journal article,” Name of Journal. Volume Number (Issue Number), Page Numbers (Year of Publication).

Example: Gale Young and R.E. Funderlic, Positron decay in Na,” J. Appl. Phys. 44, 5151-5153 (1973).

For a book reference

Author’s first name or initial, Author’s last name, Book Title, Edition Number and Names of Editors. (Publisher, City of Publication, Year of Publication), Page Number.

Example: L.S. Birks, Electronic Probe Microanalysis, 2nd ed. (Wiley, New York, 1971), p. 40.