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Big Orange STEM Saturday Accepting Proposals

The Big Orange STEM Saturday (BOSS) planning committee and the UT Libraries invite you to participate in their 7th annual BOSS conference at Hodges Library. BOSS is a free event presented annually by UT Libraries for middle school and high school students interested in pursuing a STEM majors and careers. The conference is scheduled for Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 9:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

They welcome your expertise and joy for the STEM fields by presenting a 30-minute session on a topic of your choice during breakout sessions. Presentations will run from approximately 10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m. and all presenters will give their session twice. Lunch is included for all presenters. This year, the theme is “From Teaching to Doing: Making STEM Hands-On.” Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • diversity in STEM
  • medicine/nutrition
  • agriculture/veterinary science
  • aerospace engineering
  • STEM career preparedness
  • student-led panels
  • developing technology
  • STEM opportunities in unexpected places
  • computer science and/or computer programming
  • Humanities and STEM (STEAM)
  • everyday STEM
  • making math fun

All STEM or STEM-related topics will be given consideration, but proposals must contain an interactive, hands-on component suitable for middle and high school students. Proposals that do not include an interactive component will not be considered.

Proposals should include the author(s) name(s), title, and a brief abstract not to exceed 100 words and separate description of an interactive activity.

Submit proposals via the submission link (proposals sent via email will not be accepted):

Submission deadline is Friday, February 2, 2017.

If you have questions, please contact Thura Mack at or 865-974-6381.