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The STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture and Mathematics) Minority Mentoring Program serves as a joint collaboration between the College of Engineering, the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, and the Tennessee Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (TLSAMP) Program.  The purpose of this initiative is to provide incoming underrepresented students with vital tips, strategies and opportunities, in an effort to serve as a catalyst for both academic and professional success within STEAM industries.
Our Goals:
  • Provide you with an upperclassman/mentor within the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) who will serve as a resource and guide for you throughout the academic year.
  • Provide participants with one-on-one mentoring and guidance, to ensure that each student obtains an internship, research position or study abroad opportunity within agriculture sciences and natural resources by the end of their first-year within the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.


We will provide you with successful skills and strategies for professional success – a major portion of your professional success entails summer internships and REUs. Internships are temporary work experiences within an industry of work.  During an internship experience, you build your skills, complete assignments/tasks that are related to your academic major, and make connections with employers within the industry. Research Experiences for Undergraduates (or REUs) are competitive summer research programs in the United States for undergraduates studying science, engineering, or mathematics. In today’s economy, most employers refuse to hire students who lack internship or research experience.  Many minority/underrepresented students lack a solid understanding of internships/REUs and their value towards professional success. If you hope to have a long and successful career within a STEAM-related industry, internships and REUs will be the key to your success! 
The goal of the Tennessee Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (TLSAMP) program is to increase the enrollment and graduation rate of underrepresented students (Hispanic, African-American, American-Indian, Alaskan Native, and Pacific Islander) in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), including agricultural sciences and natural resources. With the joint partnership, CASNR STEAM participants will receive a wide-range of professional development training, including:
  • Internships
  • Career Fair Preparation
  • Research Experiences
  • Personal Statements
  • Interviewing Skills Preparation
  • Graduate School Application Preparation


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Our goal is to ensure that all first-year participants within the CASNR STEAM Minority Mentoring Program achieve the following:

  • A smooth transition to both UT and the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • An upperclass mentor within the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; he/she will serve as a catalyst for your success by providing you with insight and assistance with UT resources, student programs and professional development
  • Monthly professional development workshops (via the TLSAMP Program), to help prepare you for a career within agriculture, natural resources and/or related sciences
  • Social outings throughout the year to help you bond with your mentor and mingle with other CASNR STEAM participants
  • Each first-year participant will use the skills and lessons obtained throughout the program to secure a summer opportunity that reflects their academic major (internships, study abroad experience, research experiences, shadowing opportunities, etc.

For more information regarding the CASNR STEAM Program, please contact Mr. Craig Pickett, Jr. (Coordinator for Student Life and Diversity) at and (865) 974 -7491.