Filling Gaps in STEM Education

Encouraging an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) is important regardless of your child’s age, but it’s particularly crucial during middle and high school when students begin considering career options. Partnering with U.S. Department of Energy, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), Tennessee Achieves, the State of Tennessee and a very enthusiastic and fun group of STEM teachers and UT-ORII’s graduate students, UT-ORII is launching Science Saturdays for middle schoolers this school year.

With Science Saturdays, students will have the opportunity to take on a variety of hands-on STEM challenges, working directly with our grad students and educators from across the state.

Joan Bienvenue
Former UT-ORII Executive Director and UT Knoxville Vice Provost

Creating Opportunity For UndergraduateS

UT-ORII continues STEM education efforts beyond grades K-12. Each year, UT-ORII seeks the nation’s best and brightest undergraduates for the Student Mentoring and Research Training (SMaRT) summer internship program. SMaRT interns have the unique opportunity to work daily with researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and University of Tennessee (UT) for 10 weeks over the summer.