2018 MTSEF Registration Form Now Available

Please download this interactive form on the Forms page, checking to see which additional forms may be required, i.e. preapproval forms for human subject or vertebrate subject research.

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Need Help Organizing a School Fair?

Part of our mission is to assist middle and high schools in organizing science fairs in the 24 counties served by MTSEF. If you are a teacher or administrator and have questions or need assistance on how to organize your school fair, please contact John at support@mtsef.org. If you are a student or parent and want to help your school start a science fair, please ask your teacher or administrator to contact us at support@mtsef.org and we hope to get the process started!

Our own Steve Murphree, Biology professor and Entomologist, hosts Bug Camp at Belmont University

If you can’t tell the difference between a camel cricket and a brown banded cockroach, you should attend Belmont’s Bug Camp. Children who take part in the camp have never met a bug they didn’t love. “Her name is Mirtha and it’s a giant Madagascar hissing cockroach,” said Dr. Steve Murphree, an entomology professor at Belmont University. At the Beetles, Bugs and Butterflies Camp, a cockroach’s hiss is as sweet as a kiss. “She’s a great pet, not too bad, and she’s easy to take care of. She’s a nice cockroach,” Murphree said. Murphree is Belmont’s bug guy. He has been an educator for 25 years. His message that bugs aren’t bad is working, especially with kids. “Like teenaged mutant turtles, these are actually creatures that do unusual things,” he said.

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2017 MTSEF Grand Prize Winner Finalists at Intel ISEF in Los Angeles

Both Gabrielle Liu and Cheyenne Deibert represented MTSEF well at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair in Los Angeles.  Gabrielle’s project was “ARGO: Anthromorphic Facial Emotion Recognition and Generation Objective through MachineLearning” and Cheyenne’s was “The Effect of Circulation Rate on Bacteria within Library Books”. Though neither finalist won awards in their categories or special awards, both participated in the week’s programs and activities.  Cheyenne was interviewed about her project by the Society for Science and the Public’s Science News for Students.  You can read this interview at: https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/blog/eureka-lab/library-books-could-come-side-germs

Thank you Predators Foundation

A huge thank you to the Predators Foundation for their support of MTSEF’s mission to advance secondary school science and engineering education/research and outreach in Middle TN. The Predators Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Nashville Predators devoted to funneling the excitement of professional sports towards the needs of the community. Thank you Predators Foundation for inspiring future scholars and athletes to improve our world!

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The Big Payback!

Please support MTSEF on May 3rd! MTSEF is entirely funded through the generosity of companies and individuals like you. If you make a financial gift today, you will be helping to promote STEM in middle Tennessee and advocate for our youth and community. All donors making a gift over $25 will receive a bumper sticker!

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2017 MTSEF Winners Announced

Our 2017 High School Grand Prize winners are Cheyenne Nancy Deibert of Clarksville Academy and Gabrielle Kaili Liu of Ravenwood High School. They will be given an all-expense-paid trip to compete in the Microbiology/Applied Microbiology and the Robotics and Intelligent Machines/Cognitive Systems Categories at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Los Angeles, CA in May. Our High School Alternate Grand Prize winner is Keri Kaili Wang of Harpeth Hall School. Our 2017 Middle School Grand Prize winner is Drew O’Neal Maynord of Bellevue Middle School. Drew and six other middle school participants were nominated to participate in the Broadcom MASTERS fair (see program below).

2017 Award Ceremony Program

Thank you Nashville Software School

A warm welcome and big thank you to our sponsor: Nashville Software School. NSS is a career accelerator for people who want a career developing web sites, web applications and/or mobile apps. NSS began from conversations amongst friends, passionate technical professionals, who had the desire to launch a learning community for software development in Nashville. NSS understands the importance of a STEM education and is contributing to help instill a passion for STEM in our youth. Thank you NSS!