Eleven UT students are returning this week after spending five weeks in northern Uganda, where they engaged in international service-learning and intensive study of conflict and peace building as part of the Gulu Study and Service Abroad Program.
For some students, summer camp means improving sports skills, spending time in a cabin, or learning how to tie different knots. In the case of those coming to campus this week, it could mean building heart valves or solving the world’s energy needs. The growing relationship between the College of Engineering and Eastman Chemical Company will be on display this week as the company-sponsored High School Introduction to Engineering Systems camp will give students the ability to work on ongoing high-end projects with UT faculty and students.
When faculty members Karen Lloyd and Andrew Steen saw an opportunity to introduce a group of inner-city New Jersey high school students to science, they made it happen. Lloyd, an assistant professor of microbiology, and her husband, Steen, an assistant professor of earth and planetary sciences, just completed their second summer program with students and teachers from Malcolm X Shabazz High School in Newark.
The Center for Transportation Research will give area high school students a behind-the-scenes look at public transit in Knoxville and Atlanta when it hosts its first Transit Camp July 29–31 at UT. Open to high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors, the camp is designed to spark interest in STEM—science, technology, engineering, and math—and to showcase focus areas, such as public transit, that might not readily come to mind when engineering and technology are discussed.
Budding engineers from as far away as Massachusetts will soon gather at UT as the College of Engineering hosts its annual summer enrichment programs. The programs are arranged according to grade level—beginning with seventh grade and running through high school—with the middle school courses serving as an introduction to engineering while the high school students deal with more in-depth engineering topics.
CURENT held its Family Engineering Night at Sequoyah Elementary School last Thursday. Students and their families explored nine different exhibits, each with a hands-on engineering project.
WBIR’s Ken Schwall put on his science thinking cap and joined middle school girls at science camp. Hosted by CURENT and NIMBioS research centers, the fun and educational day camp for middle school-aged girls features activities and tours that have been planned by faculty and education staff at each center.
Starting this fall, students at UT Knoxville will be limited to dropping only four classes during the course of their undergraduate program. The more stringent policy will increase course availability for students and make more efficient use of faculty time, according to Sally McMillan, vice provost for academic affairs.
UT Knoxville’s Office of Research and the Academic Outreach and Engagement Council recently announced a new incentive grant program to fund campus outreach projects. As part of the campus’ commitment to community engagement and the scholarship of academic outreach, the two units have issued a call for proposals that may include projects, partnerships or programs that promote outreach and engagement in research, scholarship, or creative activity; in teaching; or in service.
UT Knoxville and the Knox County Schools will partner to improve the lives — and education — of children at one local school, thanks to a three-year pilot project being funded by UT alumnus and Doyle High School graduate (now South-Doyle High School) Randy Boyd.