The Science Alliance has a long history of supporting graduate students via assistantships and fellowships awarded by individual departments, now known as the Graduate Advancement, Training and Education (GATE) program, to support meritorious, collaborative research between the university and ORNL. This program will continue to provide opportunities to students currently studying at our university and will also help recruit the next generation of scientists moving forward. We are now beginning the next phase of this program by offering full graduate research assistantships to students based on the merit of their research. (Note: These new awards are in addition to the support that Science Alliance currently provides to departments through the GATE program.) GATE awardees receive a twelve-month appointment, including a stipend, tuition waiver and health insurance.