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Virtual Science Club

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In the current educational climate, we realize that students do not have the typical high level of support of teachers and mentors. The VSC is designed to provide free virtual programming to assist students and teachers in the development of scientific skills and to motivate them to enter the Southern Appalachian Science & Engineering Fair (SASEF)! The club is a joint venture between SASEF and The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Pre-College Research Excellence Programs.

How do I become a member of the VSC?

To become a member of the Virtual Science Club please register at one of the links below. Registration is free!

Student Registration Form (Click here to register as a student)

Teacher or STEM Leader Registration Form (Click here to register as a teacher/STEM leader)

Once you have registered you will receive an email with further details on how to login to the member page which will contain upcoming club meeting dates/Zoom links, information on speakers at future meetings, and recordings of previous meetings.

When does the VSC meet?

The VSC will meet twice per month, with a guest speaker for one session and breakout sessions by research areas for the other. The meetings will be held on Tuesday nights at 7:00pm EST. For access to the full schedule please register using one of the links above.

What will club meetings look like?

One meeting per month will feature a guest speaker from a STEM field. These sessions will typically include about a 20-minute presentation followed by a Q&A session.

One meeting per month will feature smaller “breakout” sessions separated into the following four research areas. Each research area’s breakout room will have mentors including a UT graduate student, at least one science and engineering professional, and at least one SASEF board member. These mentors will assist students with questions about STEM activities particularly focusing on those activities that will support a SASEF project. Please note that to attend a VSC meeting all minors (students age 17 and younger) must have an adult physically present with them at all times.

  1. Human Sciences
    • Behavioral & Social Sciences
    • Medicine & Health Sciences
  2. Natural Sciences
    • Animal Sciences
    • Biochemistry
    • Cellular & Molecular Biology
    • Environmental Sciences
    • Microbiology
    • Plant Sciences
  3. Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
    • Earth & Planetary Science
    • Environmental Management
    • Physics & Astronomy
  4. Engineering & Math
    • Computer Science
    • Engineering: Electrical & Mechanical
    • Engineering: Materials & Bioengineering
    • Energy & Transportation
    • Mathematical Sciences

Who is eligible to join the VSC?

The club is available to students, teachers, and other sponsors of STEM programs (e.g., 4-H leaders) in the 23-county East Tennessee SASEF region.

Have additional questions?

Please contact us at prep@utk.edu or 865-974-9493.