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Research Day

The University of Tennessee will host Research Day on Saturday, April 4, 2020! A partnership between the Offices of Undergraduate Admissions and Undergraduate Research, Research Day will host up to 500 high-achieving high school students and provide an opportunity to discover what a Research I university has to offer. The highlight of the event is the departmental Showcases, where students will tour labs, theaters, greenhouses, museums, and more, to catch a glimpse of the possibilities of undergraduate research at UT.

We will ask each attending student to select two (2) Showcases that align with their research interests. Some Showcases will span both time slots. We will provide maps and UT Student Ambassadors to help guide groups to their Showcase locations.

Tentative Schedule

9:00-9:45 am Welcome Session
10:00-10:45 am Showcase #1
11:00-11:45 pm Showcase #2
11:45-1:00 pm Lunch on own
12:45-2:00 pm Showcase #3 (Humanities Fair – all attendees)
1:30-2:30 pm Student Research Browse Session
2:00-4:15 pm Optional Campus Tours (departing every 1/2 hour)

The Office of Undergraduate Research will provide suggestions for hosting engaging and successful Showcases in the coming weeks, but please consider these ideas below in your initial planning:

  • Invite students into a lab, onto a stage, and out in the field. Bring the students to the research.
  • Gather with multiple departments and host a collaborative presentation event.
  • Invite your graduate and undergraduate researchers to talk about their experiences.
  • Think visually, hands-on, and interactive!

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Frequently Asked Questions


No, all areas are encouraged whether you have a lab, a conference room, a stage, or an office.

We will know the group counts at least one (1) week before the event and will update each department.

We would like to offer students two (2) Showcases, so each department would see no more than (2) tour groups.

We’d like to have a mix of presentation and exploration. Each tour group would visit you for no more than 45 minutes.

We are inviting current sophomores, juniors and seniors in high school.

Yes! This is a great way to recruit potential majors and minors.

Yes, you can offer different tours or combine for one larger tour.

If you are comfortable having a postdoc, senior graduate student, or undergraduate represent you and your research to students and parents, then we welcome you to delegate to them.

Since this event involves tour groups  and is open to the public, then it is exempt from the requirements of the Programs for Minors Policy.  ~Ellen Pickering Hunter, Auxiliary Services | Programs for Minors.

Please use common sense when deciding which areas should be opened for high school tours. You can open a lab for viewing from the doorway or hallway if that is more appropriate for your space.

The Biosafety Office should be notified in advance if labs handling biological hazards that impact human health (i.e. BSL-2 labs) will be selected for the tour. Generally, these labs can be safely entered. Even so, materials in use and ongoing procedures will need to be assessed for risk. At a minimum, BSL-2 labs should prepare and provide a risk awareness/disclosure statement to the visiting students in advance of their visit. Also, gloves, disposable lab smocks, and safety glasses should be made available if procedural areas will be toured. We should be able to help with disposable smocks and gloves if necessary.  ~ Brian S. Ranger, MS, SM(NRCM), CBSP, Biological Safety Officer