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Appalachian Student Research Forum

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

About the ASRF

The Appalachian Student Research Forum is an annual event hosted by East Tennessee State University. The Forum brings together undergraduate, graduate, medical and pharmacy students, post-doctoral fellows and medical residents to present their original research in a formal, juried setting.

Beginning in 1985 as a program within the Medical School with only 19 participants, the 2019 Forum will host over 230 participants from colleges and universities across the Southern Appalachia region presenting in fields as diverse as nursing, medicine, pharmacy and public health; chemistry, biology, economics and other natural, physical and social sciences; computing and engineering; education, and the humanities.

A cadre of distinguished researchers, faculty and physicians evaluate and award top prizes for poster presentations for which all levels of participant are eligible, and oral presentations for which all levels of participant except undergraduates are eligible.

The Forum culminates with an awards presentation and a keynote address given by a nationally-recognized researcher. Past presenters include Dr. Joycelyn Elders, former U.S. Surgeon General; Dr. Michael Tucker, a leading researcher in in vitro fertilization; former NASA astronaut Dr. Rhea Seddon; and Dr. Ronald C. Desrosiers, who gained international recognition when he discovered that it is possible to vaccinate monkeys against the AIDS virus.

The Forum is organized by the ETSU Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Administration with input from the ASRF Faculty Advisory Committee.


To learn about past Appalachian Student Research Forum events, click below and use the right-side navigation links:

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