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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

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!
Child and Family Studies Faculty and Graduate Students Successful in Minneapolis - Child and Family Studies faculty and graduate students were on the road last week to attend the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) annual conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The November 2nd – November 5th conference, which focused on “Families and Human Rights,” drew attendees from universities and organizations from around the country. Throughout the week, CFS Professors, Graduate Students, and Alumni participated in 10 presentations on a variety of topics and came away with multiple awards. Read more about this successful road trip at Child and Family Studies.
UT Law Student as Appalachian Advocate - Erica Davis, a student of the University of Tennessee College of Law and a Tennessee native who recently received a prestigious Brower Youth Award, is working to ensure that Appalachian communities can benefit from the extraction of natural resources for generations to come. Find out more about her story and hear her talk about her experiences at the UT College of Law.
Architecture and Design Graduate Student Travels to Three Continents - Catherine Dozier, a graduate student in UT’s College of Architecture and Design, traveled the world this summer to study the importance of cultural identity and analyze the ways in which it affects the design of public architecture. Read more in Tennessee Today!

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