This Friday will mark the culmination of a special seven-week course at the University of Memphis for 12 students from several local and out-of-state high schools. After being immersed in college-level instruction in such disciplines as chemistry, physics, biological sciences, computer sciences, and psychology, they will present the results of their research during a closing ceremony at the U of M, held in the Fountain Room of the University Center.
This summer’s inaugural CRESH Program (College Research Experience for Students from Highschool) enrolled students from Arlington, Briarcrest, Houston, Lausanne, MUS, Ridgeway, St. George’s, St. Benedict’s, St. Mary’s, and Whitehaven high schools in Tennessee and a high school in Ohio. The program organizer and director is Dr. Farouzeh Sabri, who teaches physics at the U of M.
The CRESH program is also affiliated with TN-SCORE, a statewide initiative designed to advance the capacity of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) research at all Tennessee colleges and universities in order to boost the state’s economy and address issues of national significance. TN-SCORE was created with a $24 million grant from the National Science Foundation.