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Governor's School

For the Scientific Exploration of Tennessee Heritage

ETSU Governor's School Scientific Exploration of Tennessee Heritage


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    Governor’s School for the Scientific Exploration of Tennessee Heritage 
East Tennessee State University 
May 31 - June 26, 2020 

The Governor’s School for the Scientific Exploration of Tennessee Heritage is a four-week program that explores the unique history and culture of Tennessee through integrated concepts of science, preservation, and interpretation, offered in the spectacular setting of the southern Appalachian mountains.  As part of this program, students will: 

  • Complete three semester hours of college credit in Tennessee history, as well as an intensive, non-credit seminar in research, writing, and presentation skills.
  • Participate in intensive field experiences related to Tennessee history and culture, including: 
    • A Paleontology Experience at the world-renowned Gray Fossil Site, which will include digging for fossils and learning the behind-the-scenes working of the ETSU Natural History Museum; 
    • A Pioneer Experience at the ETSU Valleybrook campus, a 144-acre, outdoor research and laboratory facility;
    • A Service Learning/Environmental Experience at Rocky Fork State Park, Tennessee’s newest state park, located in a beautiful mountain valley in Unicoi County. 
  • Take part in enriching visits to historical, cultural, and natural sites, such as: The Museum of the Cherokee Indian, The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, Roan Mountain State Park, Historic Jonesborough, the International Storytelling Center, and Rocky Mount State Historic Site. 
  • Enjoy a range of activities related to Tennessee history and cultural heritage, such as contra dancing, hiking, flint knapping, storytelling, and traditional music. 

Prerequisites: Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA or higher, strong preparation and interest in history and science, and good research and writing skills.  Some of the fieldwork is physically challenging.  If students have any questions or concerns about their ability to complete such activities, they should contact the program at (423) 439-7995. 
Application deadline: December 1, 2019 


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