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ETSU to host 2016 Appalachian Student Research Forum
A student discusses his research poster in this photo from the 2015 Appalachian Student Research Forum.

JOHNSON CITY (March 28, 2016) – The 2016 Appalachian Student Research Forum at East Tennessee State University will take place Wednesday and Thursday, April 6-7, at the D.P. Culp University Center.

Undergraduate, graduate, medical and pharmacy students and medical residents will exhibit their research findings in oral and poster research presentations.  This year’s forum will see 62 oral presentations and 198 poster presentations, a 23 percent increase in the number of entries over the 2015 event.

Although participants are primarily from ETSU, a number of regional students from as far as the University of Virginia’s College at Wise and Tusculum College in Greeneville will also compete.

Oral presentations will be given April 6 from 9 a.m.-4:15 p.m. in locations throughout the Culp Center, and posters will be presented and judged April 7 in the Culp ballroom.  Posters will be open to public viewing from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

The keynote speaker for this year’s forum is Dr. Paul Bookout, the Avionics Box procurement manager in the Flight Programs and Partnerships Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.  He will speak on “NASA’s Science on Small Satellites and Design Concepts for a Deep Space Habitat” on April 7 at 1 p.m. in the Martha Street Culp Auditorium.

Bookout has held a variety of positions during his time at NASA.  He began his career there in 1990 as an aerospace research engineer in the Payload Dynamics and Loads Branch, and has also served as manager of Space Act Agreements and as a manager on the Deep Space Habitat Project.  His contributions to NASA have earned him a variety of accolades and industry awards.

Bookout, who holds degrees from Tennessee Tech, the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and the University of Alabama-Huntsville, has ties to the Northeast Tennessee region, with a son attending ETSU. 

The research forum awards ceremony will be held in the auditorium at 2:15 p.m. April 7, immediately following Bookout’s address.

Additional information, including the program book with abstracts of research to be presented during the forum, is available on the event website,

For more information, call the ETSU Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at 423-439-6059.   For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346.

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