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George Siopsis, Director

George Siopsis

George Siopsis is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Tennessee. He grew up in Greece and attended Sussex University in England where he got his B.Sc. degree majoring in mathematical physics. He did his graduate work at Caltech studying theoretical elementary particle physics, receiving his PhD in 1987. He then spent a few years as a research associate at Texas A&M University working on string theory before moving to Tennessee in 1991.

In recent years, his research has focused on quantum gravity and related issues (holography, entanglement, black holes and the information loss paradox), and applications to condensed matter physics. He has trained several PhD students who have embarked on promising careers, and introduced undergraduates as well as high school students to research in quantum physics and fundamental interactions. Currently, he is working on quantum computing and quantum information processing in collaboration with members of the Quantum Information Science group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Jason Moody, Administrative Specialist

Jason is the Administrative Specialist for all Pre-College Research Excellence Programs (PREP) at The University of Tennessee, including the Governor’s School for the Sciences & Engineering. Jason is from Lawrenceville, Georgia and attended The University of Georgia where he received his B.B.A. in Marketing in 2011. Before joining The University of Tennessee, Jason worked at the Tennessee Smokies minor league baseball team (AA Affiliate of the Chicago Cubs) located in Kodak, Tennessee from 2012-2019.

From 2019-20 Jason assisted PREP in planning the Tennessee Junior Sciences & Humanities Symposium which was held at the Crowne Plaza Knoxville and the University of Tennessee campus. He also helped to quickly adapt and host both the Southern Appalachian Science & Engineering Fair and the Governor’s School for the Sciences & Engineering virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Jason is excited to continue a role in 2020-21 that will allow him to grow STEM education in the state of Tennessee and promote the University of Tennessee as the flagship university of the state!

Outside of work Jason enjoys cooking, reading, playing and watching soccer, as well as going on walks with his wife, Morgan, and two dogs, Shelby and Jenna.