The Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair (SASEF) is the premier science and engineering competition for students in middle and high school in our 23-county service area of East Tennessee. Students compete in a science-fair based competition to showcase their scientific research in poster and oral format to a panel of UTK faculty judges for a chance to win scholarships and awards.
The Governor’s School for the Sciences and Engineering (GSSE) provides the opportunity for rising high school Juniors and Seniors to participate in advanced study, laboratory experience, and research in modern science and mathematics placed in an appropriate context through the explicit study of scientific reasoning. The knowledge and skills that students develop throughout their time in GSSE prepares them for college and future research.
The Tennessee Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (TJSHS) gives high school students a chance to present original scientific research in a public forum and compete for scholarships, while providing participants opportunities for hands-on workshops, panel discussions, career exploration, and research lab visits.
The Tennessee Science Olympiad is devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. Competitions are made up of multiple events in earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, computers and technology that follow the format of popular board games, TV shows, and athletic games. Events in the Science Olympiad have been designed to recognize the wide variety of skills that students possess. While some events require knowledge of scientific facts and concepts, others rely on science processes, skills, or applications.