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UW Student Selected for Internship at Idaho National Laboratory

March 25, 2015
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UW student John Brouwer has secured an internship at the Idaho National Laboratory this summer. (UW Photo)

A student in the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources’ energy resource management and development program has been chosen for a prestigious internship at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory (INL).

John Brouwer of Loveland, Colo., who’s in his third year at UW, will spend 10 weeks at INL this summer through the Department of Energy’s Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship program.

The program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers by providing research experiences at Department of Energy laboratories. Guided by laboratory staff scientists or engineers, students conduct research on projects supporting the department’s mission.

“I am really excited about what this summer will entail,” Brouwer says. “I hope to gain through this internship valuable experience, but also connections into new technologies and processes and, hopefully, lifelong professional relationships.”

Brouwer currently works in UW’s Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute with senior research scientist Nick Jones on data compilation of petroleum reservoirs and fields, including mapping and analysis. Brouwer says he decided to pursue the INL internship “because I was interested in what sorts of research and opportunities I could be involved with if I was selected.”

“This is a competitive national program, so having one of our students selected is quite exciting,” says Don Roth, the School of Energy Resources’ deputy director for academics. “We strongly encourage all our students to participate in internship opportunities, and INL provides serious and consequential experiences.”

After he completes his bachelor’s degree in energy resource management and development, Brouwer is considering graduate school, perhaps in chemical engineering. He hopes to eventually work in the fossil fuel industry in some capacity as an engineer.

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