Another great event from Year Two! The University of Tennessee hosted its 17th annual Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement (EUReCA), and Team Tennessee’s Communications Manager Katelynn Routh won the Sustainability Award for her project entitled “Innovations in Outreach for Sustainable Transportation.” This competition showcases undergraduate students’ activity outside of the classroom and promotes work with faculty members. Routh’s project displayed the EcoCAR 2 outreach program and her collaboration with faculty in the engineering department.
The competition involved a written abstract, a poster, and a brief presentation of the student’s activity. Routh showcased outreach in sustainable transportation which she conducts through EcoCAR 2 and also provided information on how outreach strategies are measured for effectiveness. During the first day of the competition, the posters were judged by faculty representatives from the twelve various colleges based on quality and presentation of the activities presented. On the second day, the exhibition was open to the public and an awards ceremony was hosted.
Team Tennessee’s activities highlighted advocacy for sustainable transportation and alternative fuels through innovation in outreach strategies and interdisciplinary outreach. The entry by EcoCAR 2 was the only exhibit which displayed collaboration of the communication and engineering departments. Team Tennessee’s entry was honored with the Sustainability Award by the Office of Sustainability at the University of Tennessee. The Sustainability Award is based on student initiative for the social, economic and environmental impact of a project and is given to one entry in EUReCA. Out of the hundreds of entries, Team Tennessee was chosen for its passion, success and dedication to furthering research and public acceptance of sustainable transportation and alternative fuels.