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Chemistry Annual Awards Banquet Cancelled

Our Annual Chemistry Awards Banquet scheduled for April 28 is cancelled. For those of you who have already registered and paid, we will be processing refunds in the next two weeks.

Research & Creative Inquiry Day 

With the recent developments regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the in-person Research and Creative Inquiry Day scheduled for April 13 and 14 is cancelled. We will be moving forward with the event in a virtual setting and will communicate details regarding how this will look no later than March 27. Visit the Tennessee Tech Research website at to keep updated.


Rural Re-imagined Success Story with Mr. Thomas Turner and Mrs. Ann Marie Carrick

The Rural Re-imagined Grand Challenge is excited to share the success story of Mrs. Ann Marie Carrick and Mr. Thomas Turner for their implementation of rural re-imagined into their Spring UNPP 2020 courses. Mrs. Carrick and Mr. Turner developed the course, titled “Rural Healthcare Exploration,” to allow students in the Pre-Professional Health Sciences programs to work with local doctors and volunteer in healthcare settings to explore the importance, challenges, and changes in healthcare within rural areas. UNPP 2020 students shadow professionals, volunteer in rural areas, and ask questions revolving around rural medicine, such as questions regarding doctors’ opinions on what efforts could alleviate the problem of limited access to a variety of practitioners in their areas. The courses are an opportunity for students to learn, reflect, and discuss their findings in a panel, while it simultaneously sparks inspiration in the students to work in rural areas after earning their medical degrees. Mr. Turner states that he hopes through seeing problems in rural medicine up close, students will maintain the mindset of, “Wow, that is something we could help with someday!” Stay tuned for updates, and wings up Mrs. Carrick and Mr. Turner!  

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Grand Challenge: Rural Re-imagined Faculty Success Story with Dr. Jeffrey Boles

Within a year of the Grand Challenge initiative, many faculty have incorporated Rural Re-imagined into their coursework and research. In the fall semester, Dr. Boles successfully integrated the Grand Challenge into four university connection classes through rural healthcare related challenges. Sixty students, instructed by Dr. Boles, Dr. Coonce, Dr. Carrick, and Dr. Turner, researched solutions and disseminated results to rural problems through flyers, posters, and educational presentations. Dr. Boles loves the Grand Challenge, and he believes that “integrating Rural Reimagined into our pre-health science first year experience courses introduces it to new students.” Wings up, Dr. Boles! Stay tuned to Tech Times for upcoming faculty success stories, and contact Kinsey Potter at to learn more about incorporating the Grand Challenge into your future courses.

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