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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

Sharing Enthusiasm for Theater - Jude Carl Vincent, a rising second year MFA in Acting at UT, is in Knoxville over the summer, working as a teacher in Knox County's "Shakespeare in Shades" program. Vincent is also playing a role in The WordPlayers' production of Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, from July 15-17 at The Bijou Theatre in downtown Knoxville.
MABE Team Wins Biomedical Design Competition - A team of UT students and faculty from the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering (MABE) won the VentureWell BMEidea competition this week. The team developed FastCast, a pressure-induced medical cast that overcomes problems typically associated with regular plaster casts. They were awarded a $10,000 first-place prize, plus the Treat Prize of $1,000. Find out more about FastCast.
CEE PhD Student Gets First Place in Competition - Andrew Druckrey, a PhD student in civil engineering, won first place for his application and poster entitled "3D Experimental Investigation of Local Shearing and Fabric Evolution During Triaxial Compression of Granular Materials". Read more about it at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Haslam Graduate Student Attending Prestigious Workshop - Michelle Harding, a doctoral candidate in UT’s Haslam College of Business, is one of twenty-five students in the nation selected to attend the Early Career Professional Development Workshop at Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, June 22–25. Read more about it at Tennessee Today.
UT PhD Students Among Those Receiving Critical Language Scholarships - John Akins (PhD, Political Science) and Jonathan Barsness (PhD, Political Science) are among four students receiving a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship. Akins will spend time in Lucknow, India, studying Urdu, and Barsness will be in Ibri, Oman, studying Arabic. Read more about the CLS program and these recipients.

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