Dr. Steven J.K. Symes will address December graduates at McKenzie Arena on Saturday, December 18 at 10 a.m.
Symes, UC Foundation Associate Professor, chemistry, has engaged in a collaborative research project funded by NASA to determine when liquid water was present on Mars. Symes has worked with Dr. Lars Borg, Research Scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), to conduct chronological and mineralogical studies of Martian meteorites.
Students and faculty peers selected Symes as one of two recipients of the 2010 University of Tennessee Alumni Association’s Outstanding Teacher Award. The annual award is bestowed upon two faculty members who have demonstrated a passion for teaching, a commitment to their students, and a dedication to higher education. Symes was honored during the 2010 UTAA Board of Governors Summer Meeting in Knoxville.
Symes earned the B.A. Physics, from Washington University. He received his Ph.D. from The University of Arkansas. His professional interests include analytical chemistry, quantitative analysis of the major and trace-element chemistry of planetary materials.