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KNOXVILLE — For the 45th year, dozens of Tennessee high school students will be converging on Knoxville for the Tennessee Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS).

The symposium will be held from 1:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25, in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Conference Center Auditorium (room 406) in downtown Knoxville.

All Tennessee students in grades 9 through 12 in public, private or home schools are eligible to participate. The symposium is one of 48 in the United States, the only one in Tennessee.

The students will be presenting original research and experiments conducted with their teachers in the sciences, mathematics and engineering. At last year’s symposium, student research ranged from better treatments for breast cancer to levitating objects in the air.

The presentations will be judged by a panel of UT Knoxville science and engineering faculty members. Winners will be awarded a total of $4,500 in scholarships. The winners will advance to the national competition in May; national winners advance to the international contest in London this summer.

The purpose of the symposium is to recognize talented youth and their teachers and encourage their continued interest and participation in the sciences, mathematics and engineering. Due to UT Knoxville’s partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, attending students and teachers will be given the opportunity to visit world-class laboratories and interact with top-notch research scientists at the university and the laboratory.

In addition, the symposium is designed to help enhance opportunities for students interested in science, mathematics and engineering on the secondary level. By connecting gifted students, their teachers and research professionals at the symposium, UT Knoxville is widening the pool of trained talent to keep the U.S. competitive in the global environment.

The Tennessee JSHS Program is funded and administered by UT Knoxville through the collaboration of the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, the College of Engineering, UT-ORNL Science Alliance, and UT-Battelle. Additional funding is supplied by the Academy of Applied Sciences and the Air Force Association.

C O N T A C T:

Whitney Holmes (865-974-5460, wholmes7@utk.edu)