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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. Each fall term, the Graduate School organizes orientations for new graduate students and new graduate teaching assistants and associates.

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

Geology Graduate Student Using Augmented Reality to View Mars - Geology doctoral student Rachel Kronyak is one of only a few researchers worldwide doing test explorations of Mars with an augmented reality headset. The HoloLens headset shows Kronyak the surface of Mars in a three-dimensional hologram, using images taken by the NASA rover Curiosity.
Nuclear Engineering Graduate Students Travel to Switzerland - Angela Simone and Michael Moore, graduate students in nuclear engineering, traveled to the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) in Villingen, Switzerland, in August. They are working on development of a glass, scintillator-based, ultra-high resolution neutron detector for beam lines. Both work with Associate Profesor and UCOR Fellow Jason Hayward in the Rad IDEAS group, which researches Radiation Imaging, DEtectors, Algorithms and Systems. Learn more about the Rad IDEAS group.
UT Graduate Student Dana Potter Featured in Tennessee Today - Dana Potter, a Master of Fine Arts student in the printmaking program, has been featured in Tennessee Today, as part of Welcome Week 2017. Dana, who is a recipient of the Tennessee Fellowship for Graduate Excellence, speaks about her work and her aspirations, exemplifying the extraordinary caliber of graduate student drawn to UT graduate programs. Read her story and watch the video on Tennessee Today.
Master’s Recipient Researches Connection between Diet and Cancer - Amber MacDonald grew up playing sports and thought she wanted to be a personal trainer. But her father’s terminal cancer diagnosis when she was 15 changed the course of her life forever. Read more about MacDonald, who is receiving her master’s degree in cellular molecular nutrition this week.
Scholarship Extends Engineering Graduate’s Impact to Current Students - Kristen Wyckoff, a doctoral student in civil and environmental engineering, is the first recipient of the Susan E. Stutz-McDonald Scholarship, created in honor of an engineering alumna. Wyckoff was also one of our 2017 Three Minute Thesis finalists. Read more about Wyckoff and Stutz-McDonald, who succumbed to Hodgkins lymphoma in 2005.

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