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Tennessee, UT Host 23rd National NSF EPSCoR Conference in Nashville

November 05, 2013

NASHVILLE – Research, education, innovation and entrepreneurship support national priorities in job creation and workforce development. A national conference hosted by the University of Tennessee this week is bringing together higher education leaders, faculty and students from 31 states and U.S. territories to discuss ways to improve all four areas and their capacity to drive state and national prosperity.

The conference showcases the contributions of states and jurisdictions that are part of the National Science Foundation’s EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) program. More than 360 participants are attending the 23rd national NSF EPSCoR conference.

Nashville’s new Music City Center is the site of the conference that began Monday and continues through Thursday with various speakers and programs. Sessions include discussion of how industry can collaborate to improve STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) research and workforce development, ways to increase participation in STEM studies and careers, university technology transfer and commercialization, and regional and national economic development. A highlight for students is the America’s Scientist Idol competition that encourages students to learn and demonstrate ways to communicate about their research as a way to boost their careers. An agenda and more details are available at conferencesandnoncreditprograms.utk.edu/epscor/epscor.html.

Tennessee was designated an EPSCoR state in 2002 and declared eligible for NSF funding to increase statewide research infrastructure. A multi-institutional collaboration led by UT won a five-year, $20 million EPSCoR grant in 2010 for its proposal called TN-SCORE (Tennessee Solar Conversion and Storage using Outreach Research and Education).

With support from the TN-SCORE program, the state has increased its overall NSF funding and is no longer eligible for new EPSCoR awards. TN-SCORE and related co-funding will continue until 2015, building on the unprecedented collaboration between public and private universities in Tennessee and increased educational opportunities for students and teachers.

For more information about TN-SCORE, visit tnepscor.org.

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Contact:

Elizabeth Davis, (865) 974-5179, elizabeth.davis@tennessee.edu

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