Argonne is one of the U.S. government's oldest and largest science
and engineering research laboratories -- the largest in the Midwest.
For the past half-century, the University of Chicago has overseen
operation of Argonne for the United States Department of Energy
and its predecessor agencies.
Argonne has four major mission areas, each of which fulfills
important governmental and Department of Energy responsibilities,
as well as provides important benefits to our society at large.
- Conducting basic scientific research to further our understanding
of the world we live in. Argonne conducts basic experimental
and theoretical scientific research in the physical, life, and
- Operating national scientific facilities to help advance
America's scientific leadership. Argonne operates world-class
research facilities like the Advanced Photon Source.
- Enhancing the nation's energy resources to ensure America's
energy future. Argonne is working to develop and evaluate advanced
- Developing better ways to manage environmental problems.
Argonne is at the forefront in developing new ways to manage
and solve the nation's environmental problems and to promote
At the same time, Argonne is also conscious of its responsibility
to help the public understand science and to enhance American
science, engineering, and mathematics education by helping to
train nearly 1,000 college graduate students and post-doctoral
researchers every year as part of our normal research and development
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