The University of Tennessee partners with various schools in East Tennessee public school counties including, Monroe County and Campbell County Public Schools, and previously Union County Public Schools on the PiPES: Possibilities in Postsecondary Education and Science project. This five-year project, made possible by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), provides college-going awareness information and opportunities to learn about science, technology, engineering, math, and medical science (STEMM) careers for all tenth- and eleventh-grade students at , Jellico High, Sequoyah High, Sweetwater High, and Tellico Plains High, and in previous years, Campbell County High and Union County High.
Primary investigators from UT, Professors Melinda Gibbons and Erin Hardin, oversee the project, which includes a summer experience at UT, parent workshops, and a yearly, hands-on public service project developed and led by local science teachers and eleventh-grade students. Other UT faculty, staff, and students from across campus are also highly involved.
A more detailed description of PiPES is available in our PIPES Program Overview.