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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. We have promoted teaching the scientific method in science, engineering and math since 1952.

The fair is sponsored by the University of Tennessee and many local companies and agencies. It is held at the UT Thompson Boling Arena during the first week of April. There are two divisions of competition — Junior Division for middle school students, grades 6 – 8, and Senior Division for high school students, grades 9 – 12.

SASEF is an official, affiliated regional fair of the International Science and Engineering Fair.


SASEF’s mission is to promote the “scientific method” and “sound engineering principles” in middle and high schools of the 23-county region of East Tennessee.

Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Carter, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Loudon, Morgan, Monroe, Roane, Sevier, Sullivan, Unicoi, Union, Washington

SASEF Staff Information

Dr. Marisa Moazen

Program Coordinator
Audrey Sizemore

Administrative Assistant
Jason Moody

Jan Coley

Scientific Review Committee Chair
Kim Gwinn 


Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair
1534 White Ave
Knoxville, TN 37996-1529

Phone: 865-974-7954