Dr. Sylvester Gates speaks at Tennessee State University’s Research Symposium

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TSU began its 36th annual Research Symposium on March 31. This year featured internationally recognized and highly decorated physicist, Dr. Sylvester James Gates, as the keynote speaker on the opening day of the week-long symposium.

Dr. Gates is an African American theoretical physicist. He is currently a University System Regents Professor, the John S. Toll Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland, and the Center for String and Particle Theory Director. He recently was summoned by President Barack Obama to serve on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. He is also a member of the Maryland State Board of Education. He has received numerous awards, including the most prestigious from the president, the National Medal of Science and also became the first person of African descent to be elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Gates spoke on important topics such as job creation through STEM research. He also focused on the emphasis of ‘innovation’ and always advancing ideas by pursuing new answers.

TSU has held the annual symposium since 1979. Every year the Research Symposium serves as a foundation to provide students with authentic experiences in presenting their research. They advance to present their research at regional, national, and even international research symposia all prior to professional careers.