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Middle Division Collegiate Meeting
General Information

The meeting scheduled for Saturday, March 30th, 2020 at the Belmont University College of Sciences and Mathematics has been canceled due to the coronavirus situation!

Meeting Instructions - (NO POSTERS)

Only undergraduate researchers are welcome to give a 12 min oral Powerpoint presentation in biology, chemistry, computer science, ecology, engineering, environmental sciences, geography, geology, mathematics, physics, bio-engineering or psychology. Please utilize the TAS Fall 2013 abstract submission template (Found here). Please indicate the topic/discipline in your email subject line to facilitate the organization of sections. Abstracts that do not follow the template will be returned to sender for correction.

Abstracts: Due by Friday, March 22, 2019

Send the abstract via email with the appropriate subject line to Dr. Duane Hatch (

Tentative Agenda

8:30 - 9:00 am: Check in and light breakfast (3rd floor of JAAC)

9:00 - 9:20 am: Faculty organizational meeting in JAAC, room 3079

9:30 - 1:00 pm: Student presentations - Awards to follow

Location and Directions

Belmont University, Janet Ayers Academic Center (3rd Floor, Corner of 15th Avenue South and Wedgewood Avenue), 1900 Belmont Blvd, Nashville, TN 37212

For directions and a campus map, visit:

The Wedgewood Academic Center is #8 on the map. For parking information, visit here)

Contact Dr. Duane Hatch (615-460-6880) with any questions or concerns regarding the meeting.
Past Meeting Information

On April 21st, 2018, Belmont University College of Sciences and Mathematics hosted the annual Middle Tennessee Collegiate Meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Science in the Janet Ayers Academic Center. This event has served as an opportunity for our students to highlight their scholarly work and has fostered collaboration with other local universities.

This year we had 24 students from Belmont University, Columbia State Community College, Tennessee State University, and Tennessee Tech University, present their research as oral presentations in one of four different sessions: 1. Chemistry 2. Cellular and Molecular Biology/Microbiology 3. Health and Medical Sciences 4. Zoology/Ecology/Environmental Sciences.<

All sessions were moderated and judged by faculty volunteers, who awarded 1st, 2nd, 3rd place certificates to the top three presenters in each session.

Following are the winners from each session:

Chemistry: 1st – Christopher Hansen (BU), 2nd – Alekzander Garcia (TSU), 3rd – Avery Daniels (BU).

Cellular and Molecular Biology/Microbiology: 1st – AC Dowd (BU), 2nd – Dana Cornwell (BU), 3rd – Brandi Duke (BU), and Honorable Mention – Haley Hatfield (BU).

Health and Medical Sciences: 1st – Rebecca Derby (BU), 2nd – Elizabeth Sparks (BU), 3rd - Sargoel Rezanejad (BU), and Honorable Mention – Christian Candler (BU).

Zoology/Ecology/Environmental Sciences: 1st – Taryn Anderson (BU), 2nd – States Labrum (CSCC), 3rd – Shaoyun Yang (BU), and Honorable Mention – Terra’lexus Roberts (BU).

Faculty judges: Dr. Lori McGrew (BU Biology), Dr. Steve Murphree (BU Biology), Dr. Danny Biles (BU Math), Dr. Justin Stace (BU Chemistry), Dr. Robert Grammer (BU Biology), Dr. John Niedzwiecki (BU Biology), Dr. Karen Kendall-Fite (Columbia State Community College), and Dr. Radhika Ramjee (Columbia State Community College).

The meeting was coordinated and run by Dr. Duane Hatch, Assistant Professor of Chemistry.

Dr. Nick Ragsdale (Biology) volunteered to order and pick up food for the event.