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Posters at the Capitol

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Every February, undergraduate STEM researchers from across the State of Tennessee convene at the State Capitol to share their projects with state legislators. In its 17th year, this event provides students access to state leaders.

“Research conducted at the University of Tennessee changes lives—from controlling a wheelchair with your mind to preventing blindness with an eyedrop. This worthy program offers an opportunity to celebrate students, faculty and staff at the University of Tennessee who are focused on addressing everyday problems with innovative solutions,” says Randy Boyd, UT president. “The projects on display, presented by undergraduate students, represent significant discovery and achievements. As researchers and scholars, these students ask “why” and figure out “how” in their various disciplines. Student discoveries impact how we live, work and understand our world, and I’m proud to share their work with our state’s leaders and the public.”

This year’s event will be held Wednesday, February 15, 2023. View last year’s PAC program book here!

Submission deadline for Posters at the Capitol 2023 is November 18th, 2022

  • Austin Peay State University (APSU)
  • East Tennessee State University (ETSU)
  • Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU)
  • Tennessee State University (TSU)
  • Tennessee Technological University (TTU),
  • University of Memphis (U of M)
  • The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC)
  • The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK)
  • The University of Tennessee, Martin (UTM)

On February 1, 2006, Tennessee joined a dozen other states by exposing state legislators to undergraduate research from across the state through the first-ever Tennessee Posters at the Capitol. Undergraduate students from six Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) universities and three University of Tennessee campuses will present their research through posters at the Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville. Legislators are encouraged to meet students from their districts and see the outstanding research being conducted by undergraduates across the state. The Posters at the Capitol project, sponsored by the Tennessee Board of Regents and the University of Tennessee system, and hosted by Middle Tennessee State University, has two goals—to expose legislators to undergraduate researchers and to expose undergraduates to their legislators. The state of Tennessee is the beneficiary of this exciting effort.

All times are Central Standard Time

8:00 a.m. MTSU Staff arrive at Cordell Hull Building.
9:00 a.m. MTSU Staff have access to rooms 8C & 8D & can start setting up tripods
9:15 a.m. (CST), Students arrive at Cordell Hull Building and check-in with security
9:30 a.m. Poster set-up in Cordell Hull Rooms 8C & 8D (use provided poster map)
9:45 a.m. Students stand by their poster
Students meet with legislators in their offices or at their poster
11:00 a.m. Lunch will be brought in around this time to designated areas in the rooms with the posters.
Legislators can have lunch with the students – RSVP by 2/4/2022
11:45 a.m. Students take down their posters
12:00 p.m. Room must be clear and ready for the next event.
12:30 p.m. Everyone meets at the Capitol Information Desk for a group photo. (We will take them outside on the steps if weather permits.)
12:50 p.m. Guided Tour of the Capitol (Starts at 1:00pm at the Information Desk on the First floor of the Capitol Building and ends at 2pm)
2:00 p.m. (optional) Individuals can make appointments to meet with their legislators in their offices.