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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 Spent Summer Testing Pacific Nuclear Sites - Adam Stratz, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Nuclear Engineering, got to experience what might be considered an ideal summer vacation just before the start of the fall semester. He spent eighteen days in the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean. However, his mission was anything but vacation. Stratz was the lone student taking part in a radiation survey of former United States atomic and thermonuclear test sites in the islands. Find out more on Tennessee Today.
Social Media Analysis of Presidential Debates - A UT graduate research seminar will be monitoring social media chatter during the upcoming presidential and vice presidential debates and on Election Day from the Adam Brown Social Media Command Center and then reporting trends in real time for media use and public consumption. Support their project by following The Political Social Media Research Group, via Twitter (@PSMRG_UTK), Facebook (The PoliticalSocialMediaResearchGroup), Instagram (@psmrg_utk), and Medium (PSMRG). Read more about this project on Tennessee Today.
Graduate Fellows Honored at Reception - On Thursday evening, September 15th, at the Howard Baker Center for Public Policy, recipients of fellowships through the UT Graduate School and government funding agencies were celebrated for their achievement. Dixie L. Thompson, Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School, was on hand to offer her congratulations to the fellows gathered in the rotunda. Jimmy Cheek, Chancellor of UT, and John Zomchick, Interim Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor also provided words of inspiration, encouragement, and enthusiasm for the exciting days ahead for these outstanding students. Find out more and view images of the event.
Nuclear Engineering Student Receives Innovation Award - Nicholas Luciano, a PhD student in the Department of Nuclear Engineering, has been awarded a prize in the Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Awards sponsored by the US Department of Energy, Office of Fuel Cycle Technologies. Luciano's award is in the Competition for Students Who Attend Universities with Less than $600 Million in 2014 R&D Expenditures.
Anthropology Student Receives Fellowships for Study in Greece - Kaitlyn Stiles, a PhD candidate in Anthropology at UT, recently received two awards that will allow her to extend her time in Greece to conduct her dissertation research. One of these awards is the Olivia James Traveling Fellowship, offered by the Archaeological Institute of America, while the other is a research associate position at the Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Find out more about Stiles' work in Greece.

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