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UT Martin hosting two governor's schools; students can earn college credit


Contact 1: Joe Lofaro


MARTIN, Tenn. – High school students attending the Tennessee Governor’s
School for the Humanities and Tennessee Governor’s School for the Agricultural Sciences at the University of Tennessee at Martin will have the opportunity to earn six hours of college credit during the summer programs.

Students in the humanities program will arrive on campus Sunday, June 1, and will depart June 28, while the agricultural sciences students arrive on Saturday May 31, and depart on June 27.

The Tennessee Governor’s School for the Humanities, located on the UT Martin campus since 1985, will host 56 students, and the eleventh Tennessee Governor’s School for the Agricultural Sciences – one of two in the nation -- has 32students.

UT Martin faculty and regional agricultural experts provide class instruction and plenary sessions. The students also go on several field trips geared toward experiential learning.
Participants in the Governor’s School for Agricultural Sciences will again receive wireless, portable tablet computers to use while on campus. Students will electronically submit their homework to faculty and prepare presentations using the computers.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our students,” said Dr. Philip Smartt, associate professor of natural resources management. “The computer works like a typical notebook computer and with a twist of the screen, it can be used in tablet mode. When in tablet mode, instead of typing, a special pen is used to take class notes on the computer. These organized notes can be searched or converted into conventional text.”

One of the main objectives of the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Agricultural Sciences is to expose students to the wide range of agricultural careers. UT Martin will help introduce high school students to a myriad of agricultural careers at the school for the agricultural sciences. High school students from across the state will be involved in research, living laboratories and study opportunities. The students will expand their knowledge of food, genetics, agriculture, engineering and the sustainable use of renewable natural resources, be exposed to scientific and land stewardship concepts and sharpen communication, problem-solving and leadership skills. Also, students will be exposed to the manufacturing process for biofuels to include biodiesel and ethanol. Scholars will be able to manufacture the fuel in the biofuels laboratory from selected biomass materials and actually utilize the fuels in laboratory engines.

The humanities immersion program includes high school juniors and seniors from across the state who have been selected to participate based on academic achievements, writing skills, school and community service and the recommendations of high school principals, counselors and teachers. As part of the program, students explore subjects as diverse as philosophy and music literature, develop creative writing skills and participate in afternoon seminars specially designed to experience academic challenges with the “best and the brightest” fellow students in Tennessee.

“We believe the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Humanities is the most extraordinary academic experience you can have as a high school student, and our outstanding faculty do everything they can to create a rigorous, engaging environment in which the scholars can further develop their intellectual abilities,” said Dr. Jerald Ogg, vice chancellor for academic affairs and governor’s school director.

“We hosted Tennessee’s very first governor’s school on our campus, and I always enjoy showcasing our faculty, staff and facilities.”


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