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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

MPH Student’s Animal Therapy Research Seeks to Improve Lives of Soldiers - Major Taylor Opel is pursuing a veterinary master's in public health (MPH) at UT, which is one of the few schools in the country that offers the degree. She is studying how animal interaction can have a "direct influence on human physiology in a way that can positively change their medical care". She believes that this research can "support the inclusion of animal therapy programs in treating solders for PTSD and other illnesses." Read more about Maj. Opel and her work in Volunteers Make a Difference.
UT Graduate Student Published in Nature - Jacob Raplee, a graduate research assistant in mechanical engineering and business administration, published an article in Nature's highly regarded Scientific Reports on a new way of in-situ monitoring of electron beam additive manufacturing. Read more about Jacob's work in Tennessee Today!
2017 3MT Semi-Final Competition Results - The 2017 3MT® Semi-Final Competition finished up on Thursday, March 9. This competition, a collaboration between the academic colleges and the Graduate School, brought graduate students from across the campus to present their research to audiences using the basic premise of “3 Minutes, 1 Slide”. As expected, the participants gave an incredible show, exemplifying the incredible caliber of research done by graduate students at UT. Find out who is moving on to the Final Competition on April 7, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. in Hollingsworth Auditorium!
Bredesen Center Student Presents During Graduate Education Week - On February 8, 2017, Vidya Kishore represented the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, at the Legislative Plaza in Nashville, as part of Graduate Education Week. Kishore, a third year PhD student at the Bredesen Center, joined other graduate students from institutions across the state in a morning poster session, where she talked with legislators and government staff about science and her research. This event provided a valuable showcase for the incredible caliber of research done by graduate students at UT. Read more about Kishore and her work.
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.

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