Undergraduate and graduates students, like Jennifer Lewis from the University of Tennessee, participate in cutting-edge automotive research projects under the mentorship of top engineers and scientists though the Volkswagen Distinguished Scholars Program. The summer research internships are offered to students from five select Tennessee universities in partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory. With her research project, “The Perennial Question: Farmers’ Choices and the Biofuel Future,” Jennifer joined ten other distinguished scholars for the hands-on learning experience that also included weekly brown bag scientific seminars, a trip to our Chattanooga assembly plant and regular meetings with Volkswagen executives. “It’s been very interesting. I spend most of my day in the lab – which is a lot more fun than sitting in front of the computer.” The competitive application process begins the fall of each year.