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Get Involved

There are various ways for parents, community members, and University of Tennessee students and faculty to become involved in the PiPES project.

Advisory Committee

An Advisory Committee meets two to three times per year to offer feedback and suggestions for PiPES. The committee is chaired by Nan Gaylord and members include: central office staff from each district; one student and parent from each high school; and one science teacher, counselor, and administrator from each high school.

Science in Action Projects

Eleventh-grade students have an opportunity to participate in a yearlong project focused on a health issue facing their community (e.g., smoking, obesity, heart disease). These projects are led by science and health science teachers at each high school. VolsTeach volunteers can assist with these projects.

Parent Nights

Parent nights are hosted each semester at the schools to provide more information about college-going and PiPES. Check our social media links and posts on our homepage for dates.

Share Your Experiences

If you have experience in a STEMM career or are a first-generation college student from Appalachia, share your story with us. E-mail to find out more information.

Intervention Team Members

Undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Tennessee assist with the delivery of our curriculum at the high schools. Students receive course credit as they participate with PiPES. Interested students can contact Emily Brown at

Summer Camp Counselors

Each summer, 150 high school students have the opportunity to participate in a three-day summer camp on the University of Tennessee campus. Current undergraduate or graduate students from UT are counselors at the camp. Ideally, counselors are from Appalachian communities. If interested in being a camp counselor, e-mail