The mission of the U.S. Department of Energy is to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental, and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions. Its responsibilities include the nation's nuclear weapons program, nuclear reactor production for the United States Navy, energy conservation, energy-related research, radioactive waste disposal, and domestic energy production. The Department of Energy aims to:
- Catalyze the timely, material, and efficient transformation of the nation’s energy system and secure U.S. leadership in clean energy technologies.
- Maintain a vibrant U.S. effort in science and engineering as a cornerstone of our economic prosperity with clear leadership in strategic areas.
- Enhance nuclear security through defense, nonproliferation, and environmental efforts.
- Establish an operational and adaptable framework that combines the best wisdom of all Department stakeholders to maximize mission success.
The Department of Energy offers a variety of educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. Deadlines, eligibility requirements, application procedures, and award amounts vary by program. Visit the above website to learn more.