Biofuels Apprenticeship Program
The Biofuels Research Apprenticeship Program at Old Dominion University (ODU) is designed to engage local high school students in biofuels-related research offered by the Energy Cluster of the Batten College of Engineering and Technology. The goal of the program, which is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is to provide an active experience for high school students to participate first-hand in STEM research related to the topic of sustainable production of biofuels. Students who are accepted will attend ODU’s Biomass Research Laboratory (BRL) for four weeks to participate in intense environmental and biofuels engineering research, on algae cultivation, nutrient recovery and recycling, and biofuels production. Participants will spend their time in the program serving as junior research associates where they will develop an understanding of an Environmental Engineering Laboratory, participate in basic water analysis, and work on a hands-on project related to sustainability through Algae cultivation and biofuels production. Please contact Dr. Sandeep Kumar for more information. 

Motivated Undergraduates Needed!
We are currently seeking hard-working, undergraduate students interested in learning laboratory techniques and willing to make at least a one-semester time commitment. Students with a background in engineering, chemistry, biochemistry, biology, environmental science, statistics, or a related field are most desirable. These are highly competitive positions and may be funded through a research grant. Please contact Dr. Sandeep Kumar for more information. Additional information can be found here.

The Biofuels Research Laboratory welcomes interns, scientists, and engineers at the post-secondary and post-doctoral levels to gain firsthand experience conducting and managing research, development, and demonstration. Interns work alongside the BRL team and have contributed to strategic planning processes, technical papers, conferences and workshops, and a host of other resume-building activities. If you are interested in an internship, please contact Dr. Sandeep Kumar.

Summer 2022 BRL Intern: Kari Espada

Collaboration of BRL with University Of Padua, Italy: Elena Barbera