By Associated Press - Friday, July 3, 2015

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The University of Tennessee is getting a $963,000 grant to encourage students in rural counties to explore careers in science, technology, engineering, math and medical science.

The program will start this fall and mainly target students in Campbell and Union counties.

It will engage students in activities that help them learn more about strengths and interests and explore potential barriers they may encounter in attending college, as well as career options in STEMM fields.

The five-year grant was awarded to UT by the National Institutes of Health.

Additional components of the grant include peer mentoring, professional development for school counselors and STEMM teachers and a student summer camp on UT’s campus.

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