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Research Day

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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. You will visit labs, studios, classrooms, and more to learn about the hands-on learning activities happening across disciplines. You will also meet professors and current UT students who are actively involved in research.

By registering, you will create your own custom schedule for the day by selecting various tours and research topics. Check out a full list of session options below!


Saturday, April 4 2020
Check in begins at 8:30 AM

Student Union Auditorium
1502 Cumberland Ave
Knoxville, TN 37916

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Research Day Session Topics

Locating radioactive material at long distances is a difficult task and often must be accomplished quickly. To address this challenge, the UT Institute for Nuclear Security develops advanced algorithms for rapid detection and localization of radioactive sources from unmanned aircraft.

¬†Learn about UT’s current research in drones and robotics and their application to solving environmental problems; other research highlights are UT’s involvement in renewable energy soil environmental sustainability.

 UT hosts many research opportunities in the undergraduate neuroscience program, and participants will learn about behavioral neuroscience research with rodents and have an opportunity to hold a human brain.

This innovative research center focuses on utilizing synthetic biology for agriculture by integrating molecular biology, computer science, and engineering. Demonstrations include a unique Fluorescence-Inducing Laser Projector (FILP), designed for remote detection of plant biosensors that monitor environmental contaminants; a robotic system for automated, high-throughput manipulation of plant and animal cells; UT’s first optical tweezer platform, and other microscopy demonstrations.

 The demand for sustainably produced chemicals and materials is intensifying as awareness of environmental costs of petroleum products builds. Broadened expectations of agriculture create new opportunities to provide raw materials for the emerging bioeconomy. This showcase introduces projects at the Center for Renewable Carbon, while highlighting capabilities available for advancement of the bioeconomy.

 Psychology Department presents a program dealing with research methods used to examine partner violence among college students, adults in the community, and adults arrested for domestic violence. Additional topics include substance use, compulsive sexual behavior, mindfulness, and suicide.

¬†UT’s McClung Museum, a Smithsonian Institution affiliate, provides research opportunities through the collections in archeology, malacology, and arts & culture. Explore the fascinating work being done through the Laboratory of Environmental Archaeology.

See how faculty and student research in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at UT includes a focus on synthesis and characterization techniques  for materials used in hydrogen fuel cell and batteries.

 Are you interested in: ..seeing how technology works for people and using your creativity to make it better? ..following the social media trail of an important event and knowing how it affects people? ..creating videos and movies that engage, educate and entertain? Visit us at CCI Research Day to explore cutting-edge technology with faculty and students.

UT’s new state-of-the-art biology labs in Strong Hall showcase research in which students at UTK can be engaged. Three biology departments (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Microbiology, and Biochemistry, Cellular & Molecular Biology) will have activities and presentations that represent the broad range of questions and approaches UTK faculty use to explore the natural world.

 Students in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences contribute to NASA missions and research that improve our understanding of Earth and the Solar System. Explore planetary geology at this showcase with presentations and hands-on exhibits.

UT’s Fibers and Composites Manufacturing Facility (FCMF) focuses on prototyping of advanced fiber reinforced plastics and composites. The core competency of the FCMF is in product and process development, modeling & simulation, nondestructive evaluation of advanced thermoset and thermoplastic composites. The faculty and student team collaborates with industry for problem-solving, testing, and product development.

 Tour the food chemistry and bioactives laboratory of the Department of Food Science and see plant-derived food ingredients and laboratory research focused on their health benefits.

 Using rodent models, the Psychology Department faculty and students study how experience shapes the developing adolescent brain to bring forth adult social, cognitive, and emotional behaviors. Experiences that shape brain development range from internal factors such as gonadal hormone secretions, to external factors such as social interactions with peers.

 Nuclear power production, both fission and fusion based, subjects materials and components to harsh environments (high temperatures, extreme radiation fields, pressure, corrosion, etc.). This showcase highlights current research efforts in materials investigations for both fission and fusion materials and environments.

¬†Dr. Mary Campbell, assistant professor of art history, takes students to study and conduct research in one of the most incredible places to learn about and see art: Paris. Learn about the School of Art’s art history degree, research possibilities in the field, and career options with a degree in the visual arts.

How can we ensure that the memories of U.S. veterans are not lost? The oral history program at the UT Center for the Study of War and Society includes undergraduate research interns, who help integrate findings and historic artifacts into teaching the wider history of war and society.

 The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) tasks nuclear researchers with developing new approaches to detect and deter misuse of special nuclear material. This showcase highlights the current research at UTK to develop new radiation detection and measurement techniques to support nuclear security.

¬†UT’s nationally ranked library system hosts an interactive tour that showcases technologies, spaces, and experts to support research in all majors. Meet librarians and gain exposure to virtual reality and simulation technologies, a media production studio, 3D printing, a seed library, archival collections, and more!

¬†MABEline (named for UT’s Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering – MABE) is a life-sized anatomically correct human model manufactured by SynDaver Labs in Tampa Florida. She has a full skeleton, all of her organs, and major vasculature. She is compatible with all imaging modalities including ultrasound, x-ray, CT, and MRI. In Biomedical Engineering, we use her as a reference for designing devices and implants to test for course projects, senior design, and undergraduate research.

¬†Take a tour of UT’s chemistry department and see hands-on research that involve the many areas of chemistry research available to faculty and students.

 Experimental methods are used by economists to answer research questions, and to inform business and policy decisions. Participants in this showcase will play several experimental games to better understand human behavior Рand will have the opportunity to win prizes!

 The EcoCAR Mobility Challenge is a collegiate automotive engineering competition aimed at developing a highly-skilled workforce by providing hands-on experience designing and building next-generation mobility solutions to meet future energy and mobility challenges. Research teams currently participate in a four-year competition to re-engineer a 2019 Chevrolet Blazer to incorporate advanced propulsion systems, electrification, and connected and automated vehicle technology that will improve the energy efficiency, safety and consumer appeal of vehicles.

 Tour nutrition research labs, learn about undergraduate and graduate nutrition projects and the career spectrum in nutrition. Assess your fruit and vegetable intake with the newest technology and observe the detection of nutrients in a lab setting.

 Faculty will showcase past research projects done by undergraduate students in the Global Leadership Scholars program.