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Enjoy our stories of exceptional researchers, innovative servant–leaders, and phenomenal artists. Many Volunteers have influenced history. Others are enhancing our present experience and setting their sights on future transformation.

Journey to Mars

Mars expert Harry “Hap” McSween retired from his position as a professor of planetary geoscience in 2016, but he is still a very present force in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.

A Lab with a View

In the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, UT engineering professors and students are taking adventurous steps to ensure the quality of our water and air is in check.

Fighting with Viruses

Viruses don’t always kill their microbial hosts. In many cases, they develop a mutually beneficial relationship: the virus establishes itself inside the microbe and, in return, grants its host immunity against attack by similar viruses.

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Service

SERVICE

Service is essential to the Volunteer experience and makes Rocky Top a special place. Every contribution through service—no matter how small—is an investment in our communities, demonstrating to others the world we help create.

Service

Through June 2020, we’re asking all members of our Volunteer family to submit your service hours online. At the conclusion of UT’s 225th anniversary year, we will share a snapshot of the impact our students, faculty and staff, and alumni have on their communities.

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