This week, undergraduates from 44 national and international institutes gathered in the Lauricella Room at Neyland Stadium to kick off their residence as Summer Research Scholars. Over 160 students from 23 different states and three countries make up the diverse class of summer researchers, an increase from 2017’s 142 participants.
Attendees had the opportunity to meet their peers in the summer research community, sign up for professional and social events planned for the summer, and take a tour of Neyland Stadium.
“Students are selected through a competitive process across multiple programs and disciplines, from engineering to music theory and everything in between, ” remarked Marisa Moazen, executive director of undergraduate research and outreach.
The Summer Research Scholars program encourages students to develop research techniques within a certain discipline. This year, nine summer research programs were represented: Chemistry Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), Center for Ultra-wide-area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks (CURENT), Microbiology REU, Research Experiences in Computational Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (RECSEM), National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS), REACH (Summer Agricultural Research Experience), National Institute of Health Environmental Health Sciences Research Experience, Educational Advancement Program Summer Research Institute, and the Summer Undergraduate Research Internships through the Office of Undergraduate Research.
“The University of Tennessee is proud to open our campus during the summer to these highly talented students. As an R1 university, we have great faculty and access to great facilities for students to have an intensive research experience,” said Moazen.