The annual Tennessee Junior Academy of Science (TAS) meeting was held at Belmont University on April 15, the tenth year Belmont has hosted the event. Dr. Steve Murphree, biology, arranged the meeting and serves as treasurer for TAS, an organization that exists to promote science education in Tennessee by encouraging student research.
TAS invites students to submit papers based on their research question and a panel evaluates each submission based on a set of criteria. The authors of approximately 25 submissions are invited to present at the organization’s annual meeting. A second panel at the meeting selects the top submissions and the complete papers are published in “The Handbook and Proceedings of the Tennessee Junior Academy of Science.” Additionally, winners receive cash prizes, travel awards and the ability to present their work at the American Junior Academy of Science Meeting.