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During the two-week research experience, students and teachers conduct short-term research projects. The culmination of this two-week experience is a poster session where the research groups present their research posters to and answer questions from federal and state ARC dignitaries, ORNL and ORAU dignitaries, parents, and friends.


  • Water Quality and Environmental Impacts

    Students spend two weeks in advanced learning about water quality conditions encompassing testing, human and natural influences, standards, treatment, and regulations. Students will scientifically collect and perform tests on Appalachian region water samples, including a visit to the University of Tennessee Water Quality department. Field trips also include EPA testing and cleanup sites, sand and membrane city water filtration facilities, a waste treatment facility, the UT Wetlands project under Dr. Andrea Ludwig, and TVA ecological surveying.

    Using their knowledge of water quality and factors affecting it, students will work together to come up with creative ideas for mitigation measures that can be deployed in their community.  The program will culminate with final presentations based on small group ideas, which look to help mitigate environmental concerns.

    Master Teacher: Marcela St. Onge

    Assistant Teacher: Tommy Tatum

    Mentors: Dr. Kane Barker and Cristina Carbajo

    Braden Bass
    Bryce Carroll
    Isabelle Gladson
    Kourtni Jackson
    Ava McCollum-Beaves
    Mackenzie McNeil
    Benjamin Mumpower
    Jonah Neal
    Trevor Shevalier
    Dylan Williams
    Dayna Zeiders
    Naomi Vargas