This program enables PPPL to provide scientific outreach to a broad range of U.S. colleges and universities in various areas of plasma science and technology. It routinely supports approximately 25 U.S. colleges and universities every year. Our goal is to support as many projects as possible. As a DOE National Laboratory, the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory maintains an experienced staff of scientists, engineers, and technicians who are available to participate in the Off-Site University Research Program (OSUR) which in turn can aid U.S. colleges and universities in augmenting and leveraging their research activities. College and university research projects particulary benefit from PPPL's professional engineering staff to provide engineering and design for their experiments.
The Program has provided engineering support to university programs with a tradition in plasma science education and research, such as Columbia University, the University of Wisconsin, University of Maryland, and UCLA. However, the OSUR program also looks to offer scientific and technical support to researchers managing projects at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI), and other minority-focused educational programs. In addition, it provides undergraduate plasma experimental facilities to small colleges for education. It also offers engineering support to many small experimental programs. PPPL scientists also provide theoretical support to many universities projects. The university and college projects emphasize the training of students which allows a significant number of students -- about 50 annually -- to be assisted by the program. Support from the program often produces publication-worthy research. The program also offers experts who will visit and give invited talks.
Representatives of the program have purchased a high-speed visible camea that can be shared with the U.S. college and university projects to observe, for example, plasma tilting and the equilibrium structure of expeirmental plasmas.
New university projects are often launched at the recommendation of PPPL staff. In addition, staff members of the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Fusion Energy Sciences have also identified university projects for the program. The annual meetings of the American Physical Society's Division of Plasma Physics often provide a forum for connections. These communication methods will continue, but this website will also serve as a communication link to prospective college and university projects seeking assistance from the Program.