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Inspiring Young Researchers

Encouraging the Next Generation of LMU Researchers

ORGSP along with various departments on campus support and facilitate research competitions for Appalachian students in grades 6-12. Learn about some of the opportunities below.

Northeast District 2 Tennessee History Day


Lincoln Memorial University proudly sponsors Northeast District 2 Tennessee History Day, part of the larger National History Day research program for students in grades 6-12. Northeast District 2 includes students in Campbell, Claiborne, Grainger, Hancock, Hawkins, and Union counties. If you are a public, private, or homeschool teacher or student who is interested in participating in the district competition, register here.

2023/2024 National History Day Theme: Turning Points in History. Information on the 2024/2025 theme coming soon!

Each year's theme is designed to assist student in considering a topic from any aspect of local, regional, national, or world history. With this focus, students can begin asking questions that their research will help them answer, including how their topic is significant in history. Through competition, students build their research, writing, and presentation skills. Students can also choose the mode of project presentation that best interests them, whether it be through writing a paper, building an exhibit, developing a website, filming a documentary, or through crafting a performance.

Northeast District 2 competition is November 30, 2023, at the Lincoln Memorial University Harrogate campus. Registration opens on October 2, 2023, and closes on October 27, 2023. The day of competition also includes special opportunities to tour the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum, Lincoln Memorial University's campus, and lunch. Please contact with any questions.

Clinch-Powell - LMU Science Fair

For eleven years, the Clinch-Powell Education Cooperative and the LMU School of Mathematics and Sciences have hosted an annual science fair at the Harrogate LMU campus. The competition typically take place in March and hosts 6th grade student from Claiborne, Campbell, Scott, Hancock, Grainger, and Union Counties. Competitors are chosen from local science school fairs in each of these counties. Through this partnership, CPEC and LMU are promoting STEM activities, research, and the importance of these activities in children's overall education experience.Participating students have the opportunity to view research presentations from LMU undergraduate students and tour campus laboratories. 

LMU undergraduate student presenting his research to a crowd.

Do you know a local 5th grader who will be entering a science fair next year? Visit this helpful video guide from the National Air and Space Administration (NASA) for inspiration!


LMU S.T.E.M. Camp

Young researchers are introduced to scientific inquiry and exploration in the LMU School of Mathematics and Science's annual LMU STEM Camp! Students will participate in STEM activities led by undergraduate, graduate, and professional school faculty, and older students (rising 7th-12th grade) will visit LMU's professional schools during the afternoon sessions. Visit this link to learn more and register, or contact for more information.
Students will participate in STEM activities led by undergraduate, graduate, and professional school faculty. Older students will visit LMU's professional schools during the afternoon sessions. $50 per participant, rising 1st-12th grades, lunch provided daily.