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Penultimate Session of the RCR Coming Up

The fifth session of the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Lunch and Learn Series is entitled “National Dialogue on Data Repositories and Data Curation” and will be held on May 10 from noon until 1:00 p.m. in A004 Blount Hall. As always, this series is sponsored by the Office of Research and Engagement, in collaboration with the UT Libraries and the Graduate School. Find out more about the series and register with ORE.

MFA Student Amy Lefever Exhibits Work in Three NCECA Exhibitions

Amy Lefever, MFA candidate in Ceramics, had work selected for inclusion in three exhibitions at this year’s annual meet of the National Council For Education in the Ceramics Arts (NCECA) in Portend, Oregon: 10 Years in the Making, The Bison Building; Ashes & Flux, Parish Gallery, Chehalem Cultural Center and most notably, the highly competitive NCECA Student Exhibition, Hoffman Gallery, Oregon College of Art and Craft.

MFA Student Abigail Lucien’s Work Shown at MOMA Exhibition

Abigail Lucien, a UT Knoxville MFA student has been selected for a group exhibition “Past Skin,” at the Museum of Modern Art’s PS1 contemporary exhibition space in Long Island City. The exhibition will run from April 9 – September 10, 2017. Curated by Jocelyn Miller, the “Past Skin” features six artists who take up science historian and cyber-feminist Donna Haraway’s provocation, “Why should our body end at the skin?,” testing the relationship between our bodies and a contemporary world in which we often exist in both virtual and imaginary spaces. Lucien, who spent her childhood living in Haiti and Florida, just completed her MFA this this semester with a concentration in printmaking.

Master’s Candidate Katie McGee Among Winners in Dairy Contest

The Department of Food Science sent a team to the Collegiate Dairy Product Evaluation Contest, held in Madison, Wisconsin on April 12, 2017. One of the members of the UT 2017 Team is Katie Magee, a Master’s candidate in Food Science. She took home four prizes from this contest: 1st in Ice Cream, 2nd in Yogurt, 3rd in Cottage Cheese, and 1st in All Products. Michael Luethke, an undergraduate, received 2nd in Milk and 1st in Cottage Cheese. In the team competitions, the 2017 team received: 1st in All Products, 3rd in Yogurt, 2nd in Milk, 3rd in Cheddar Cheese, 1st in Ice Cream, and 1st in Cottage Cheese. Congratulations to Katie Magee and her team!

Graduating Students and Student Health Insurance

If you are a graduate student and you will be graduating spring 2017, there are some things you should know about your access to health services. If you have a 25% assistantship for which you will continue to work over the summer, meaning that you will be on payroll for June and July, you will continue to be enrolled in the student health insurance program. If your assistantship ends in May, your insurance will likely terminate on May 31st (the last day of the month in which you work).

But, once you graduate, you will no longer have access to the Student Health Center after the last day of the semester (May 9th), regardless of whether or not you are enrolled in the student health insurance program over the summer. Your insurance will still cover you to see outside providers, but there is no requirement for a referral. You may have to contact United Healthcare ( to let them know that you have graduated and no longer have access to the Student Health Center for referrals. You will also be subject to insurance requirements such as deductible, co-pay, and co-insurance when seeing outside providers.

If you are not graduating, but will be returning in fall 2017, you can pay the UT Programs & Services Student Health Fee and access the Student Health Center, but this does not apply to graduating students.

For any questions regarding your health insurance status, please contact Yolanda Chidester at 865-974-2337 (

African American Trailblazer Award

The African American Trailblazer Award will be presented to Wardell Milan, a graduate of the School of Art at the University of Tennessee, now working in New York City. The Trailblazer Award, sponsored by the Commission for Blacks, recognizes and honors the accomplishments of African Americans affiliated with the University of Tennessee who are trailblazers in their disciplines or within the fields of diversity, inclusion, and social justice. This event will take place on April 25th, and if you would like to attend, please RSVP by Wednesday, April 19th by noon. Download a flyer for more details.

Fulbright Kick-Off and Open House

The Office of National Scholarships & Fellowships is hosting a Fulbright Kick-Off & Open House this Tuesday, April 18, 4:00–6:00 p.m., in the McClung Tower 12th Floor Conference Room (Room 1210). It will be part social hour, part info session. ONSF will provide materials on the Fulbright application—including where/how to start and complete the UT preliminary application. They will also facilitate broader discussion about what the Fulbright U.S. Student Program is and how the campus process unfolds. UT students of all class years (including graduate students and soon-to-be alumni) are welcome, so feel free to drop by.

The Spring 2017 Hooding Ceremony is Coming Up Soon

If you’re graduating in spring 2017, the Graduate School hopes you’ll join us for the Spring 2017 Hooding Ceremony on May 11th in Thompson-Boling. If you plan to do so, we just ask a couple of things from you. Please RSVP to let us know you’re coming, to help us plan, by May 1st. Also, please review our pages on the hooding ceremony, so that you’ll know when you need to arrive, what you need to bring (and what not to bring), and what to expect. We look forward to seeing you all in your newly-acquired finery!

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