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Posters at the Capitol

nashvilleEvery February, undergraduate researchers from across the State of Tennessee convene at the State Capitol to share their projects with state legislators. In 2013, seven students from UT traveled to Nashville with staff from the Office of Research. They set up their posters in the Legislative Plaza, lunched with legislators, and explained their various projects. View 2013 Participants »


“The projects represent significant discoveries and achievements that build new knowledge, solve emerging problems, and expand creative thinking essential to healthy, productive society,” says Joseph A. DiPietro, UT president. “Our undergraduates’ areas of expertise reflect world-class research and creative activity that elevate our students and advance the frontiers of knowledge. We’re pleased to showcase these students’ work, providing a small window to the excellence going on within our classrooms and laboratories every day.”

Applications now being accepted for Posters at the Capitol 2015

Call for Nominations for Student Representatives from UT

The Office of Undergraduate Research is seeking nominations for undergraduates to share their university research/scholarly experiences with state lawmakers in Nashville for Posters at the Capitol on Wednesday February 25, 2015. The deadline for University of Tennessee Knoxville nominees is Friday, November 7, 2014. Each year, the event showcases 7 UT students as well as students from Tennessee Board of Regents Universities and other UT campuses across the state. Our purpose is to demonstrate to lawmakers in Nashville the unique opportunities undergraduate students have to participate in research at the University of Tennessee. We are seeking undergraduates from all disciplines who have been significantly involved in the research enterprise of the university either with their own project or through meaningful involvement with an ongoing faculty project. To qualify for participation in this event, nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Students must be undergraduates at UTK during the 2014-2015 academic year.
  • Students should be residents of Tennessee (or list themselves as residents of Knoxville, Tennessee).
  • Research projects must represent a significant investment of time by the student outside of normal course requirements and class projects.
  • Research projects must follow the methodology of the appropriate academic discipline.
  • The research project must be of sufficient quality to be presented at a professional academic meeting.

Successful nominees should also be able to convey their experience and enthusiasm to state representatives, senators, and other state officials in a poster session. Selection of undergraduate representatives will be based on geographical distribution across the state, relevance of the project to the state, quality of the project, and equitable representation among disciplines. Selected students will receive:

  • Transportation to and from Nashville for the event
  • Lunch at the event
  • Meetings with state representatives during the event
  • Tour of the capitol
  • Press release to their local paper
  • Two training sessions (poster presentation skills and legislative affairs)

Letters explaining the student’s absence from class for the event will be sent to appropriate instructors upon request. Faculty nominators are encouraged to request the assistance of their nominee in completing the nomination form. *Faculty mentors may e-mail letters of recommendation to Marisa Moazen at no later than Friday, November 7, 2014.

For additional information or questions, please contact Marisa Moazen ( in the Office of Undergraduate Research (974-8560, 106 Blount Hall). Applications are due to the Office of Undergraduate Research (106 Blount Hall or by Friday, November 7, 2014 by 4:00 pm.

Complete the application form now.

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