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This event is perfect for:

  • Admitted Students
  • High School Juniors
  • High School Seniors

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    March 30, 2019
    9:00 am—5:00 pm

    Co-sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Research Day will showcase some of the most exciting research areas on campus. During breakout sessions you will visit labs, studios, classrooms, and more to learn about the experiential learning activities happening across disciplines. You will also meet professors and current UT students who are actively involved in research.

    Parents and guests are welcome to attend!


    You may register for Research Day 2019 here!



    8:30 –9 a.m.      Check in

    9–9:45 a.m.       Welcome Session

    10–10:45 a.m.   First Breakout Session

    11–11:45 a.m.    Second Breakout Session

    12–1:30 p.m.      Lunch (on your own)

    1:45–2:30 p.m.   Student Research Browse Session

    2:45–4:15 p.m.   General Campus Tours



    Research Day will feature over 35 different breakout sessions that you will be able to choose from. Check out the topics and descriptions below to help you select which sessions to attend.

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    UT researchers and students are engaged in exciting archaeological research in Jordan. Meet them and explore artifacts from the Middle East!

    Wood and agricultural crops are vital to our existence. Highlights of this program include how they provide new chemicals and materials for sustainable growth.

    The new state-of-the-art biology labs showcase our students’ research in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Microbiology, and Biochemistry, Cellular & Molecular Biology, with activities and presentations that represent the broad range of questions and approaches to explore the natural world.

    Visit our lab to see how state-of-the-art microfluidic chip fabrication is done, discuss how one can modify bacterial genomes, and get a glimpse of lives in bacterial cells via a look with a high resolution optical microscope.

    Massive stars die in spectacular explosions known as core collapse supernovae. Their death in turn makes life as we know it possible, in a cosmic circle of life, through the production of many chemical elements. Simulating such complex events requires a team of experts in different physics areas, collaborating with mathematicians and computer scientists, as well as some of the world’s leading supercomputers, some of which are here in East Tennessee. We will discuss the work being done here to understand our cosmic origins, and you can interact with undergraduate students and others working with us.

    Visit the Nuclear Engineering Department to hear current undergraduate students discussing the transition into freshmen year, NE student organizations, and hands-on activities/simulations.

    Professors Marshall Prado (architecture) and Rana Abudayyeh (interior architecture) will share their research and student engagement employing digital fabrication in the design process.

    The UT Humanities Center brings six humanities departments (History, English, Religious Studies, Philosophy, Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, and Classics) together in a collaborative showcase of displays and demonstrations to introduce you to our exciting research opportunities.

    Research opportunities include planetary science, environmental sciences, and earth history. Visit our new labs for research demonstrations.

    Learn about research by faculty and students, including testing online interventions for drug abuse, prevention from death due to opioid overdose, neurophysiology, and the relationship between type of foster care placement (kinship versus non-kinship) and numbers of foster care placements.

    Visit the Sustainable Landscape Design Virtual Reality Lab, and become immersed in the industry’s cutting edge software. Get your hands dirty in the 3D terrain builder, and take a look at garden areas designed by UT faculty.

    Our greenhouse complex offers a hands-on look at the research for students, including improving strawberry flavor, using hydroponic growth lights in basil, and incubating turf seedlings.

    Patterns of communication between computers can be monitored by modeling, analyzing, and visualizing meta data that describes the traffic (“what’s on the envelope” as opposed to “what the letter says”). This allows network operators to identify and address performance issues and security concerns. Get hands-on experience with InSight, a UTK developed software platform capable of processing large scale network traffic in real-time.

    Experience virtual reality and eye-tracking of how you use a website. Explore social media in one of the few social media command centers in the country available to students. Conduct a documentary interview with professional cameras and lighting.

    Learn about our research on sustainability as it relates to food, energy, water, and soil, visit laboratories and meet undergraduate researchers.

    In 2050, how will we feed 9 billion people without overwhelming the planet? Our research programs develop the knowledge and technology to ensure a safe, secure food and fiber supply while protecting the land and water. Learn about our cutting edge and sustainable research with demonstrations and hands-on opportunities.

    The Anderson Center develops entrepreneurial talent, provides connections across campus and to the private sector, and supports research that supports start-up successes. Meet student entrepreneurs and faculty and learn about companies started by students.

    Experience an interactive tour that showcases technologies, spaces, and experts to support research in all majors. Meet librarians and see virtual reality and simulation technologies, a media production studio, 3D printing, a seed library, archival collections, and more!

    Learn about research on Arabic archeological materials, Japanese culinary/cultural materials, and the beurology of language acquisition, plus student international research.

    See a demonstration of ways computers can be used in music, and learn how to be involved in the School of Music at UT.

    Visit our new neuroscience labs – touch a brain, see neurons under a microscope, and hear about undergraduate student research.

    The Masters Investment Learning Center provides access to Bloomberg terminals, an important resource through which finance majors deepen their understanding of financial markets by accessing, analyzing, and interpreting economic data.

    Undergraduate Global Leadership Scholars and Melton Scholars in the Haslam College of Business will showcase their undergraduate research with poster presentations and a lively question and answer about their research.

    Experience human-robot collaboration in an immersive virtual environment and learn how collaborating with intelligent robots is used to search for surviving victims after a disaster.

    See examples of how printed electronic devices create antennas for energy harvest, touch-pad sensors and batteries, plus the latest industrial applications for turbine blade repair and light-weight metal welding.

    Tour the new cellular/molecular laboratory and facilities, and learn about current research, including how nutrition addresses the epidemic of chronic diseases.

    The tools of molecular biology study the DNA of living cells. Genetic information acquired is then applied towards investigations that allow a better understanding of how microorganisms survive in extreme environments, how they can be bioengineered to clean up contaminated environments, and how microbial DNA can help to detect human disease.

    Computers and robots show a new form of computing called Neuronmorphic Computing, which uses neuro-synaptic devices, (neurons and synapses) to construct a computing system. These systems are “trained” versus “programmed” to perform target operations, allowing them to adapt to changes in environment or the target objective (versus traditional static applications).

    Learn how the mouse is a model organism with video and audio that show mice performing specific behaviors and look at 3D reconstructions of mouse brains.

    Plants may look boring from the outside, but the inside of their cells is constantly moving and mixing. Curiously, these movements use the same kind of motors that allow you to walk! See how microcopy reveals the stunning cytoplasmic streaming found in plant cells.

    Advancements in nanoscale materials and devices push the bounds of speed and size in the electronics we use in our everyday life. See some of the techniques used to discover new materials and create new devices in nanotechnology.

    **Please note that this showcase lasts two hours, taking up both break-out sessions.

    In a demonstration of research in brain-computer interface (BCI), we will illustrate the basic principles of BCI and do a hands-on demo using a brain-controlled racing car game.

    In the Infant Language & Perceptual Learning Lab, we study how young kids learn language. We are particularly interested in the earliest stages of language learning-like how infants find words in fluent speech (think about how fast foreign languages sound when you don’t know any of the words) or how kids learn the meaning of words. Kids start saying words around their first birthday and are making short sentences 6 months later, so this all happens really quickly. In our lab we try to figure out how they do it!

    We will showcase how we track the structure and motions of biological molecules and cells using state-of-the-art computer modeling/simulation, and how to connect these properties to their biological functions. We will also showcase how understanding these biological structures and motions can lead to future drug discovery and protein engineering.

    Student ambassadors will conduct demonstrations at the Health Innovation Technology and Simulation (HITS) lab, where the College of Nursing works to advance health information technology and healthcare.




    We strive to be an inclusive campus and offer events and visit experiences year-round with all students in mind. Each event is offered multiple times throughout the year in an effort to provide options to our students and families. Should this date conflict with your schedule, please let us know so that we can share other like-events and/or plan another campus visit opportunity especially for you. We look forward to hosting you on Rocky Top!


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