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UT Hosts Second Annual STEM Symposium for High School Students March 29

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee high school students interested in careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics are invited to a symposium sponsored by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Libraries on Saturday, March 29.

The second annual Big Orange STEM Symposium (BOSS): High School Outreach will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the John C. Hodges Library.

The symposium is free, but participants are encouraged to register at

The registration deadline is Thursday, March 27. Free lunch and goody bags will be provided for participants who register before March 21.

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 guidance in career exploration and planning from a UT Career Services counselor. 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 be able to 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 will also be a STEM fair where participants can learn about STEM organizations in the region and opportunities at UT.

The symposium will feature representatives from the Knoxville community including Oak Ridge National Laboratories, Texas Instruments, Biology in a Box and Dade Moeller. The UT departments of Mathematics, Soil Science, Geography and Chemistry also will participate.

For more information about the symposium, visit


Ingrid Ruffin (865-974-3513,

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