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Tennessee high school students interested in careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are invited to a symposium at UT on Saturday, April 6.

The inaugural Big Orange STEM Symposium (B.O.S.S.): High School Outreach will be from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the John C. Hodges Library. UT Libraries is sponsoring the event.

The symposium is free, but participants are encouraged to register online. The registration deadline is Friday, March 22. A free lunch with be provided for registered students.

The symposium brings together STEM-related departments and centers from across the UT campus and area organizations to provide high school students with a learning experience that includes hands-on scientific research and the opportunity to develop an understanding of research skills. The symposium will give students a taste of each of the disciplines so they will be better prepared to decide which area they would like to study.

Two panel discussions—one featuring current undergraduate students and another with STEM professors—will offer insights into the university experience and how to succeed in STEM studies. Students also will meet researchers working in STEM fields. In breakout sessions, they will learn about strategies and techniques for doing undergraduate research through exposure to the scientific process, resources, and technologies. There also will be a STEM fair where they can learn about STEM organizations in the region and opportunities at UT.

The symposium will feature representatives from organizations including Oak Ridge National Laboratories, Texas Instruments, Biology in a Box, and Dade Moeller. The UT departments of math, soil science, geography, chemistry, and medicine also will participate.

For more information about the symposium, visit the website.


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