This summer the VolsTeach library is home to a group of high school students who are participating in UT’s Upward Bound program. These students, who are from schools in the rural Appalachian area of Tennessee, are interested in pursuing a college education and career in the fields of math and science.Their summer research projects are being completed with the use of 3D printers. One group is testing the strength of 3D printed chains (testing black vs transparent, parallel vs perpendicular, and % infill) The second group is testing angle of failure in 3D printing. Their final product will be a roof of a home (testing black vs green transparent, orientation, and 30 – 80 degree angles). VolsTeach faculty member, Dr. Yolanda Kirkpatrick, is overseeing the research. She is assisted by VolsTeach students Maria Van Audenhove and Jonathan VannEek.
Congratulations to our Apprentice teachers who graduated on May 13, 2017 with their respective degrees. Seated (L to R): Blake Hodge, Ryan Burnette, Jack Adamson, and Walker Marema. Standing (L to R): Kirsten Salonga, Jessica Jackson, Charis Maness, Ashley Brown, Kaelin Toney, Katie Mason, Allison Watson, Lizzy Barlow, Tori Bruinsma, and Dani Waldrop. The VolsTeach faculty and staff wish them the very best as they begin their careers as teachers. We are proud of their accomplishments!
Ashley Brown, a senior majoring in Math has been awarded the Brent L. and Rachel W. Trentham Endowed Scholarship for the 2016-17 academic year. She will complete her VolsTeach apprentice teaching in Spring 2017. Ashley is pictured here with the Trentham family at a reception in her honor on October 25, 2016. Congratulations Ashley on your outstanding achievement!
VolsTeach congratulates Susan Riechert as recipient of the 2016 SEC Faculty Achievement Award.
Riechert is one of fourteen men and women to receive this award among nearly 14,000 full-time tenured professors in the SEC. As an honoree from the university, Riechert will receive an honorarium and become the university’s nominee for the SEC Professor of the Year award to be named in April.
Riechert, co-director of the VolsTeach program, is a UTK Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and has won several prestigious awards. Most of her research is on spiders and the interface between behavior, ecology and evolutionary biology. In her role with VolsTeach, Riechert aims to help improve the quantity and quality of mathematics and science teachers in Tennessee.
Read more about Riechert in this Tennessee Today article.