WASHINGTON—The Department of Energy will boost the undergraduate training of scientists and engineers with a program offering students and faculty a semester of hands-on research at one of five national laboratories.

Up to 300 juniors and seniors, each receiving travel, housing and weekly stipends, will participate in energy-related investigations during the next academic year at Argonne National Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory or Pacific Northwest Laboratory. Included in the curriculum are instructions on advanced scientific instruments and special workshops and seminars at nearby universities for academic credit.

Expansion Planned

With a proposed budget of $2 million for fiscal year 1988, the undergraduate research semesters will complement the DOE's $7.8 million summer laboratory programs already offered to students in high school through graduate school. Rich Stephens, director of university and industry programs, said the Department hopes to increase enrollment by at least threefold over the...

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