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Academic Year Young Scholars Program

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Program Summary

The Young Scholars Program (YSP) offers rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors the opportunity to research on UT-Knoxville's campus throughout the traditional school year. Students will create individual schedules with their faculty advisor, but the typical work load is between 1-2 hours of meetings with mentors per week.  Additional effort of 3-10 hours outside mentor meetings is suggested to gain the most benefit from the experience.


  • The Young Scholars Program allows students to perform research with electrical engineering faculty and graduate students.
  • Students will be exposed to numerous academic and career opportunities in engineering.
  • Each participant will be able to use research performed at CURENT to present and submit to local and state-level science and technology fairs.

Research Areas

Participants will be able to choose from a variety of research areas, including some of the following:

  • Power Systems
  • Power Electronics
  • Distribution System Design
  • Electronic Power Conversion
  • Security and Privacy in wired/wireless networks
  • Image Processing & Computer Vision
  • Data Visualization


  • Academic year students are expected to devote 8-10 hours per week. Students will need to make prior arrangements with his/her faculty advisor for any weeks that school may not be in session (Fall Break, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring Break, etc.)
  • Students are expected to maintain a professional demeanor while on campus, and exercise caution when using lab equipment.
  • All Young Scholars will be required to create a poster highlighting research, and each poster will be presented to faculty towards the end of the term.
  • Participants must provide their own transportation to our campus.

Application Requirements

  • The National Science Foundation requires that all YSP students be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • We must have written permission from a parent in order for a student to participate.
  • Unofficial transcript and 2 letters of recommendations from science and/or math teachers is required.

Commitment to Diversity

The Center is committed to promoting diversity within science and engineering. We especially encourage women, students from underrepresented groups (African American, Native American, Hispanic/Latino, Pacific Islander), and students with disabilities to apply for the Young Scholars Program.

APPLY HERE for Academic Year YSP