Women in STEM Research Symposium kicks off next week!
Women in STEM Research Symposium kicks off next week!
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

A newsletter from the Office of Research and Engagement

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With startup funds and an Engagement and Outreach grant, Assistant Professor Sreedhar Upendram has launched an initiative that brings broadband internet to underserved rural communities across Tennessee. Although these counties may have access to high-speed internet, many families are unable to afford it.
Learn more about Upendram's work
Boyd Venture Challenge
This is the final Anderson Center pitch competition of the 2018-19 academic year, and the center’s seed funding competition. Undergraduate and graduate students from any degree program can apply to pitch for up to $20,000 in funding for their legally established start-up business.
A new study in PLOS One coauthored by Julia Jaekel, associate professor of child and family studies, says IQ in childhood is a better indicator of adult wealth than math for very preterm and very low-weight babies. These findings contrast with previous evidence suggesting the specific importance of math skills for economic achievement.
Best-selling author James Patterson believes a love of reading starts with encouraging high-quality teachers. That’s why the Patterson Family Foundation awarded $6,500 to four University of Tennessee, Knoxville graduate students in English and Elementary Education.
Natchez Trace Bride in Williamson County
Answering a request from Trish Morelo with the Natchez Trace Bridge Barrier Coalition, Jenny Retherford, senior lecturer in Civil and Environmental Engineering, established a senior design project aimed at developing barriers on Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge. At least 32 people have died after jumping from the bridge.

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

View details about these and more professional development opportunities on the ORE website.

Eligibility Update for NIH R15 Program

NIH recently announced major changes to the R15 program that will affect the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the UT Institute of Agriculture (which NIH considers one institution). NIH has split the R15 into two programs: the Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) for Undergraduate-Focused Institutions, and the Research Enhancement Award Program (REAP) for Health Professional Schools and Graduate Schools.


Lia Winter won $16,000 at international pitch competition—College of Social Work, College of Law, Haslam College of Business rank top 30 among public institutions—Kaleb Winders placed first in Vol Court Pitch Competition
View all recent Recognitions

Women in STEM Research Symposium

The Fifth Annual Women in STEM Research Symposium will kick off in Strong Hall on March 26 with a reception, career fair and keynote speech by Karen Lloyd of Microbiology. Poster sessions, presentations, a networking workshop and more will take place March 27 in the Student Union.

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Office of Research and Engagement
1534 White Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37996-1529
Phone: 865-974-3466
Email: research@utk.edu
Website: research.utk.edu
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