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Appalachian’s Energy Center offers student grants and internships

BOONE – Students looking to expand their “green” horizons are invited to apply for two new programs from the Appalachian State University Energy Center. Research grants, up to $500 per student, and unpaid internship positions are currently available to students from any academic area with an interest in energy.

Grants are available to both graduate and undergraduate students for research on an energy-related topic, including policy, resources, technology, impacts or efficiency. Applications are accepted from students as individual researchers or collaborative research groups.

“We have a very talented college population that includes many students with an academic interest in energy-related topics,” said John Lehman, a research analyst with the Energy Center. “Creating opportunities for students to complete quality research through these grants is an important activity for the Energy Center to promote.”

Grant applications are due Feb. 15, and should be submitted through the Office of Student Research. Grant award announcements are expected to be made by the end of February.

“We also have an internship program that seeks to provide qualified students an opportunity to develop skills that will assist them in their chosen careers, whether an energy field or not,” said Lehman.

Students with an interest in energy-related work are encouraged to apply for an internship with the Energy Center.

Interns representing a variety of academic areas will be selected to reflect the center’s multi-disciplinary approach. To receive full consideration, prospective interns should submit a cover letter and a resume before the end of January.

Information about both programs is available on the Energy Center Web site at For additional information, contact Lehman at or 828-262-8250, or Dr. Jeff Ramsdell, director of the Energy Center, at or 828-262-7514.