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Graduate Student Life

While studying at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as a graduate student, there are a number of resources available to support you in successfully completing your program. This section of the Graduate School website is devoted to helping you find those resources.

The Big Picture

If you are a new graduate student, or just looking to refresh your view of the graduate education process, the Graduate School provides an overview of the entire process. This “big picture” can help you navigate your way through your time at UT. The Graduate Catalog is also available as the definitive guide to course offerings and requirements.

Pursuing Your Degree

Particularly at the beginning of your program, your coursework will comprise the bulk of your work. UT’s One Stop service can help you in registering for classes, and the Graduate School can help you understand the requirements of your program. If, during the course of your work, you find it necessary to change to a different program, learn about the process for changing your program.

Engaging in Research

While engaging in research as a graduate student at UT, you are a representative of the university. Be sure you understand the rights and obligations involved in conducting research and publishing your work. The Office of Research Engagement is more than happy to assist you in ensuring that your research is in compliance with UT policy and federal regulations. The University of Tennessee Libraries has created a toolkit for graduate students that can help with publishing your work. If you’re beginning your thesis or dissertation research, visit the Theses and Dissertations area for some things to consider.

Costs and Funding Opportunities

The reality is that graduate education can incur costs, such as tuition (which depends upon your residency classification) and research funding. The Graduate School can help you locate funding for your graduate student career through various means, such as teaching or research assistantships and fellowships, both within and without the University of Tennessee. Find out more about Costs and Funding.

Understanding Your Rights and Obligations

The Graduate School and UT have developed a set of policies that are designed for administration and to protect the rights of students and staff. Be sure to understand and abide by these policies. We hope that you do not have any difficulties that add to the challenges inherent in graduate education, but if you do, the appeals process and the complaint procedures can help you protect yourself.


Spotlight on Graduate Students

MFA Students Presenting in New York - Graduate students in the MFA Studio Art program will present their work at UNIX Gallery during the College Art Association to be held in New York, New York on February 14-18. The exhibition “ORANGE5,” is the fifth year in a row that work by current UT graduate students has been presented during this national arts conference. Find out more about this exhibit and the students who are presenting at the School of Art.
Graduate in Forensic Odontology Also a Suspense Novelist - Alana Joy Scudiere will be one of the first three graduates from the Comparative and Experimental Medicine program with the Forensic Odontology concentration. The Comparative and Experimental Medicine program, a joint program between the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Graduate School of Medicine, began offering this concentration in 2015. Scudiere, also an accomplished novelist, will take part in the graduate hooding ceremony on December 8. Read more about Scudiere and her accomplishments in Tennessee Today.
Nursing Grad to Address Graduates at the Hooding Ceremony - On December 8, Chisa Huffman will share her story as the commencement speaker at the Fall 2016 Graduate Hooding Ceremony at 7 p.m. in Thompson-Boling Arena. The first-generation student will share her six-year journey from certified nursing assistant to master’s degree in nursing, which she carried out while working full time and caring for her family. Read more about her and her experiences in Tennessee Today.
UT Graduate Student Helps Organize International Symposium - A UT doctoral candidate will have a hand in organizing an international event on sustainable science. Roberto Federico-Perez was chosen to help coordinate the 2017 International Symposium on Green Chemistry. Read more about this story on Tennessee Today.
UT Students Honored in Genetic Engineering Competition - Donovan Layton, David Garcia, and Jong-Won Lee serve as graduate advisors for a team of undergraduate students (Amany Alshibli, Marti Bell, Evan Boone, Trey Foshee, Katherine Krouse, Matthew Kubis, Neel Patel, Taylor Weiskettle and Brandon Wilbanks) in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering who received a gold medal designation in a competition sponsored by the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGem) Foundation. Read more about this award-winning project at Tennessee Today!

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