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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 inquiry, “scientific reasoning and methodology” as well as “sound engineering practices” in middle and high schools of the 23-county region of East Tennessee.  SASEF offers a showcase for student research and provides authentic interaction and evaluation with scientists and engineers who are experts in their respective fields.

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

Fair Director; Kimberly Gwinn 

PREP Director; Dr. Marisa Moazen

Program Coordinator; Audrey Sizemore

Administrative Assistant; Jason Moody

President; Jan Coley

Scientific Review Committee Chair; Kimberly Gwinn 


Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair
109 Melrose

1616 Melrose Ave.

Knoxville, TN 37996

Phone: 865-974-7954