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Posters at the Capitol

Every February, undergraduate researchers from across the State of Tennessee convene at the State Capitol to share their projects with state legislators. In its 15th year, this event provides students access to state leaders.

“Research conducted at the University of Tennessee changes lives—from controlling a wheelchair with your mind to preventing blindness with an eyedrop. This worthy program offers an opportunity to celebrate students, faculty and staff at the University of Tennessee who are focused on addressing everyday problems with innovative solutions,” says Randy Boyd, Interim UT president. “The projects on display, presented by undergraduate students, represent significant discovery and achievements. As researchers and scholars, these students ask “why” and figure out “how” in their various disciplines..Student discoveries impact how we live, work and understand our world, and I’m proud to share their work with our state’s leaders and the public.”

This year’s event will be held late February to early March 2021.

  • Austin Peay State University (APSU)
  • East Tennessee State University (ETSU)
  • Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU)
  • Tennessee State University (TSU)
  • Tennessee Technological University (TTU),
  • University of Memphis (U of M)
  • The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC)
  • The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK)
  • The University of Tennessee, Martin (UTM)

On February 1, 2006, Tennessee joined a dozen other states by exposing state legislators to undergraduate research from across the state through the first-ever Tennessee Posters at the Capitol. Undergraduate students from six Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) universities and three University of Tennessee campuses will present their research through posters at the Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville. Legislators are encouraged to meet students from their districts and see the outstanding research being conducted by undergraduates across the state. The Posters at the Capitol project, sponsored by the Tennessee Board of Regents and the University of Tennessee system, and hosted by Middle Tennessee State University, has two goals—to expose legislators to undergraduate researchers and to expose undergraduates to their legislators. The state of Tennessee is the beneficiary of this exciting effort.

All times are Central Standard Time

9:00 a.m.  TSEC Staff arrive at Cordell Hull Building

10:00 a.m.  TSEC Staff have access to rooms 8C & 8D & can start setting up tripods

10:15 a.m. (CST), Students arrive at Cordell Hull Rooms 8C & 8D (use provided poster map)

10:45 a.m. Students stand by their poster

Students meet with legislators in their offices or at their poster

12:00 p.m. Lunch will be brought in around this time to designated areas in the rooms with the posters.

Legislators can have lunch with the students – RSVP by 2/7/2020

12:45 p.m. Students take down their posters

1:00 p.m. Room must be clear and ready for the next event.

1:05 p.m. Begin going to where the photo with the Governor will be taken.

1:30 p.m. Picture with the Governor at a location of his choosing.

2:00 p.m. (optional) Individuals can make appointments to meet with their legislators in their offices.

Submissions for the 2020 event are closed.