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State Tournament Information

The 2021 Science Olympiad State Tournament will be held virtually on April 17, 2021. Teams will qualify for the state tournament by competing in the virtual Mini SO preliminary tournaments.

More details on the state tournament are coming soon.

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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville began sponsoring the Science Olympiad State Tournament in 1994.

Prior to 1994, the American Museum of Science and Energy (AMSE) in Oak Ridge sponsored the state tournament. When a reorganization of that museum made it impossible to continue sponsoring the tournament, UT assumed the sponsorship. Tom Broadhead (Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences) was the first director at UT, serving from 1994-96. The second director was Don Byerly (Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences), the third director was Ken Monty (Professor of Biochemistry, Cellular, and Molecular Biology), the fourth director was David Smith, Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. The fifth director was Jon Levin (Professor of Physics). The sixth director was Jeff Kovac, Professor of Chemistry and seventh was Ted Labotka, Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences.  On March 23, 2015, it was announced that the eighth director would be Dr. Nivedita (Nita) Ganguly.  Nita is a Master Teach for the VolsTeach Program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Campus. The ninth director was Dr. Marisa Moazen, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Research Engagement and Director of Undergraduate Research. The current director is Tom Broadhead (Director of Undergraduate Academic Advancement).

The current administrative home for the Tennessee Science Olympiad State Tournament is the Pre-College Research Excellence Programs housed in Undergraduate Admissions at the University of Tennessee. Science Olympiad is supported, as well, by the College of Engineering, the Center for Enhancing Education in Mathematics and Sciences (CEEMS), and the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences.

2021 Tennessee State Science Olympiad dimensions are not yet released. Please revisit closer to the event date for further details.

More info coming soon.

If hosted in-person, early check-in for the tournament will be on the Friday prior to the event. More details will come closer to the event date. Please check back in.

Parking information will be released closer to the event date. Please check back in for more details.

Dining options for the 2021 event will be released closer to the event date. Please check back in for more details.

2021 Awards Ceremony and Reception information will be released closer to the event date. Please check back in for more details.

Thomas Broadhead, State Tournament Director

Jason Moody, Administrative Specialist

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