Connect with the general public in a considerate, welcoming and informative manner, and connect those in need of expertise with collaborative support.
Inspire young students and the public to take part in science and research and encourage a more inclusive scientific community.
Advocate for science communication improvement and outreach throughout the community.


Our focus is to generate university chapters which encourage students from any scientific or engineering background to engage with the general public in a variety of ways, including general inquiries at a table in a public location and talks with high school or middle school students.

We are working on expanding our UTK chapter, and have several opportunities for students to become involved in. For example, we are reaching out to local middle- and high-schools to send volunteers to speak with students about our experiences as scientists, why we chose this career path, and what research we perform if applicable. We have also reached out the Zoo Knoxville and will be participating in events such as their Earth Day Girl Scouts event and Boo at the Zoo.

We are also working to create a science communication initiative. We have started a weekly column in the Daily Beacon which is Q&A style: we answer questions we receive from the general public, students, friends, family, etc.

In addition, we have partnered with Daayitwa, a non-profit organization located in Nepal, to create an initiative which links engineering students from Dartmouth and the University of California Santa Barbara directly to women entrepreneurs in Nepal in order to provide technological aid and further develop their businesses.

If you are interested in volunteering with Ask A Scientist or starting a chapter at your university, please contact us!


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AAS recognized by ASBMB for public engagement

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology recognizes Ask a Scientist for “training science students in public engagement.” In a recent article from the communications team for ASBMB concerning career advise and training, Ask A Scientist received recognition for community-based and campus-oriented science engagement. Read the full article here: http://ht.ly/kHlH30fbSXk 

Muse Knoxville, Saturday Science Connections

Muse Knoxville: Nuclear Science for Kids The Muse is continuing the Science Connection Saturday series with Nuclear Science as the theme for October. This experience features hand-on opportunities for children to engage in Nuclear Science in fun and safe ways.

BOO! at the Zoo

BOO! at the Zoo is a family-friendly event in which children ages preschool through elementary school can dress up and trick or treat alongside their favorite exotic animals at Zoo Knoxville. The dates are October 12-15, October 19-22, and October 26-29 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  The fee is $9 per person, and children 4 …


Zoo Knoxville

Zoo Knoxville works to prevent species extinction on the local and global scale by engaging the community is zoology and conservation.  Zoo Knoxville maintains a genetically diverse population and encourages a growth of knowledge through interactive programs and events. 

Please contact Ask A Scientist if you are interested in partnering with our organization!



This year, Ask A Scientist is hosting Knoxville’s first STEAMcon.  The event will highlight and communicate a broad range of features related to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. The main goal of STEAMcon is to make STEAM topics relatable, immersive, engaging, and tangible to the public through science communication.

The event will be held at the Knoxville Convention Center April 13-15, 2018. This event is free and open to the public, all ages welcome.


Daayitwa (translated as ‘self-responsibility’ in English) envisions a thriving Nepal where all citizens embrace their responsibilities to collectively transform societal challenges into innovative opportunities.

Towards this vision, Daayitwa is building a movement of young leaders who are guided by shared values of collaborating, innovating, and serving, and create solutions to tackle systemic issues in Nepal.

More specifically, Daayitwa has three goals:

  1. Promote inclusive and enterprise-driven economic growth
  2. Strengthen governance of public service delivery
  3. Foster resilience in local communities

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Women Enterprise Acceleration Program is an initiative to increase Nepali women’s visibility as entrepreneurs. Through a community-based approach to entrepreneurship, WREAP aims to create a meaningful economic and cultural ripple effect that with increase growth and visibility of women entrepreneurs and their enterprises in rural Nepal.
WREAP participates in the Daayitwa Women Enterprise Challenge, a competition that encourages women to create and develop community initiatives.
The parent program of this is Rural Enterprise Acceleration Project (REAP) which fosters systematic positive change and materialize the potential for economic development in Nepal.
The goals include:
  1.  Build capacity of high growth entrepreneurs with innovative ideas
  2. Nurture entrepreneurial spirit in local communities
  3. Foster a strong network of innovative communities across Nepal