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Engineering Students Help Promote COVID Vaccinations Through Competition

It’s important for physicians, researchers, and engineers in the medical field to work together to provide clear and accurate healthcare information, especially during a pandemic.

The Engineers in Medicine (EMED) Society wanted to do their part to help with health education and communication about COVID-19, so earlier this spring they held a Public Health Communication Competition. They challenged students across UT’s Knoxville campus to create a compelling, accurate, and clear informational flyer on a COVID-19 vaccine. The flyers had to address community concerns and be relevant to the general public, especially those who are hesitant to get a vaccine.

The competition, sponsored by UT’s Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering, was judged by a panel of health professionals from the UT Medical Center, Cherokee Health Systems, and former Tickle College of Engineering Dean Wayne Davis.

The winners were: 

Riley Toll

Gold Award Riley Toll
Biomedical engineering major

Ashley Chen

Silver Award Anna Chen
Industrial engineering major

Katie Daniels

Bronze Award Kaitlyn Daniels
Industrial engineering major

Award winners received a monetary gift and their flyers were distributed to the UT Health Center and Knoxville Health Department.

EMED was founded in 2019 to provide support, resources, and opportunities to students who are interested in pursuing careers in the healthcare field. The group plans to make this competition a yearly event, and looks forward to be being able to help address relevant public health concerns in the future.

Learn more about EMED and view a copy of the winning flyers.