Posters at the Capitol

February 16, 2022

On Wednesday, February 16, 2022, undergraduate students from the nine Tennessee state universities will present their research posters to legislators and guests at the Tennessee State Capitol, in the Cordell Hull Building, 425 5th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37243, on the 8th floor in rooms C & D. These students will be selected to represent the best of undergraduate research in STEM disciplines at their own institutions. For 14 years, undergraduates have been amazing Senators and Congress men and women with their outstanding research results in a wide variety of academic disciplines.

Participating Universities

  • Austin Peay State University (APSU), Dr. Michael Licari, President
  • East Tennessee State University (ETSU), Dr. Brian E. Noland, President
  • Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), Dr. Sidney A. McPhee, President
  • Tennessee State University (TSU), Dr. Glenda Glover, President
  • University of Memphis (U of M), Dr. M. David Rudd, President
  • The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK), Dr. Donde Plowman, Chancellor
  • The University of Tennessee, Martin (UTM), Dr. Keith Carver, Chancellor

Schedule for Wednesday, February 16, 2022

All times are Central Standard Time

9:00 a.m.  TSEC Staff arrive at Cordell Hull Building 

9:30 a.m.  TSEC Staff have access to rooms 8C & 8D & can start setting up tripods

9:45 a.m. (CST), Students arrive at Cordell Hull Rooms 8C & 8D (use provided poster map)

10:00 a.m. Students stand by their poster

Students meet with legislators in their offices or at their poster

11:15 a.m. Lunch will be brought in around this time to designated areas in the rooms with the posters.

12:15 p.m. Students take down their posters

12:30 p.m. Room must be clear and ready for the next event.

12:35 p.m. Begin going to where group photos will be taken.

1:30 p.m. Students make appointments to meet with their legislators in their offices.

Directions and Parking for the Event

Directions and lists of parking options are found in the links below.

BUSES: If you have a bus, you can get a permit to park a bus downtown from the Metro Nashville Department of Permits. Their number is 615-862-8782. They will send you a form to fill out and tell you where you are able to park.

Poster and Presentation Information

Posters will be assigned a tripod for their presentation. Poster numbers 1-31 will present in room 8C. Poster number 32-62 will present in room 8D. See building and layout maps for more information.

Poster Guidelines

The poster size should be 30” x 40” and should be displayed portrait. Posters should NOT be trifold. Posters will be displayed on tripods which will be provided. You are responsible for having your poster printed and either foam mounted or purchasing a foam board to which you can attach your printed poster. Please keep in mind that poster text should be legible from a few feet away.

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Students are expected to provide poster and the foam board backing to support the posters on the tripods. Tripods will be provided by TSEC for this event. 

History and Goals

On February 1, 2006, Tennessee joined a dozen other states by exposing state legislators to undergraduate research from across the state through the first-ever Tennessee Posters at the Capitol. Undergraduate students from six Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) universities and three University of Tennessee campuses will present their research through posters at the Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville. Legislators are encouraged to meet students from their districts and see the outstanding research being conducted by undergraduates across the state. The Posters at the Capitol project, sponsored by the Tennessee Board of Regents and the University of Tennessee system, and hosted by Middle Tennessee State University, has two goals—to expose legislators to undergraduate researchers and to expose undergraduates to their legislators. The state of Tennessee is the beneficiary of this exciting effort.




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