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The National Geographic Society has chosen UT to host a set of events promoting its Young Explorers Grants program. From documenting threatened animals to exploring canyons, the program supports students ages eighteen through twenty-five pursuing field projects in research, exploration, and conservation.

The events are on Saturday, September 20, and include:

  • A grant writing workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Shiloh Room of the Carolyn P. Brown Memorial University Center, 1502 Cumberland Ave. The workshop will cover fundamentals of grant writing, provide information about how to apply to the National Geographic Young Explorers Grants program, and introduce students to National Geographic explorers, conservationists, and researchers. The workshop is free and lunch is included.

Online registration for this event is advised. Students can register by visiting the event’s website.

  • An Evening of Field Research and Exploration beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the UC Auditorium. Those attending this free public event will hear from Kenny Broad and Mark Synnott about their exploration experiences. Broad, who has a long history of diving and producing documentary films and was named one of National Geographic’s Explorers of the Year in 2011 will recount his diving expedition to one of the most challenging and spectacular frontiers in exploration—the Bahamas Blue Holes. Synnott is an accomplished big-wall climber, free climber, and photojournalist. He will share highlights from his recent expedition climbing and sailing around Oman’s Musandam Peninsula, which led to several first ascents and appeared in the January 2014 issue of National Geographic magazine.

Grants from National Geographic have helped launch the careers of many renowned archaeologists, anthropologists, astronomers, conservationists, ecologists, geographers, geologists, marine scientists, adventurers, storytellers and pioneers, including many UT faculty members and alumni.

For more information on the Young Explorers Grants program, visit National Geographic’s website.

The workshop is presented with support from the National Geographic Society, Lucy and Henry Billingsley, the Brinson Foundation, the Luce Foundation, and the North Face.

C O N T A C T: 

Whitney Heins (865-974-5460,

Kelsey Flora (202- 828-8023,