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Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week 2017

The 2017 Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week is coming up very soon. This is a time where UT organizations and units team up with your Graduate Student Senate and the Graduate School to show our appreciation for all you do. The week is chock full of events related to health and wellness, professional development, and fun. These events stretch from April 3 until April 8, and we all hope you’ll come out and let us show you how much we value our graduate and professional students.

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Graduate School Open House

The week will kick off on April 3 with an open house at the Graduate School. Our offices will be open from 10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. with opportunities to meet our staff and tour both suites. Graduate School staff will be available at both our Dean’s Office (111 Student Services Bldg.) and our Office of Graduate Admissions (201 Student Services Bldg.) to answer your questions and talk about our purpose and vision. But the celebration does not stop there! There will be delicious snacks and treats, door prizes and freebies. Every 15 minutes there will be a drawing for gift cards for local restaurants and attractions, and there will be Graduate School “swag” to take home.

Faculty, staff and students…Everyone is invited! Come visit us and celebrate Graduate Education at UT!

After that, the week just keeps going!

The Main Events

The week is filled with events designed to help you in your professional development. The Center for Career Development is hosting workshops on job searches in academia and industry, the UT Libraries have opportunities to get a professional photo taken and improve your presentations, and GSS and the Center for Career Development are hosting a Smokey’s Closet Pop-up Shop to offer free professional clothes.

To help with your teaching, the Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center will be providing opportunities to learn more about CIRTL and improving your teaching portfolio.

The UT Libraries want you to take a moment to take care of yourself. They will be hosting a Massage Day at Hodges Library in Room 211. Drop by anytime between 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on April 3!

The Multicultural Graduate Student OrganizationInternational House, and the Division of Student Life are all offering engaging events such as panel discussions, an international coffeehouse and a tour of Neyland Stadium. And for some fun nights out, there is a Trivia Night and a Graduate and Professional Student Talent Show hosted by the Graduate Student Senate. And for Vol Baseball fans, tickets to the April 4th baseball game are available first-come-first-serve for seats in the patio area. Register with Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center to reserve your tickets!

The Home Stretch

The week will be capped off by two events. In the 3-Minute Thesis Finals Competition, twelve finalists will talk about their research using a single slide with only three minutes to present. They will be judged on content and how well they engage the audience. It’s a great opportunity to see the amazing research your fellow graduate students are engaged in, so come out on April 7 from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. in Hollingsworth Auditorium to support these presenters.

And on Saturday, there is the Smokey’s Pantry 5K, hosted by the Graduate Student Senate. Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. in Circle Park, with a start time of 9:00 a.m. For more information on the 5K, contact gsspress@utk.edu or visit the Graduate Student Senate.

As you can see, there’s a lot for everyone the week of April 3-8. Check out the full schedule, and keep your eyes and ears open for other events that may pop up during that week. Share what you see and hear on social media using #UTGPSAW2017.

Reminder: Third Session of the RCR Lunch Series

On Wednesday, the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Lunch and Learn Series will have its third session for spring 2017. This session is entitled “Tips and Tools for Collaborative Research” and will be held on March 29 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.

Intersectionality Panel Sponsored by MGSO

The Multicultural Graduate Student Organization (MGSO), in partnership with Graduate Students for Social Justice, Pipeline: Vols for Women in STEM, and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Commission for Blacks, will be hosting a panel discussion on intersectionality. The discussion, entitled “Intersectionality—Where Do I Fit In?” will take place on April 4, as part of Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week.

The event will be held in Haslam College of Business in Room 440 of the West Wing from 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. The panel includes:

A free lunch will be provided, so please come and join the discussion!

Experiential Learning Workshop Coming Up

The Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center is hosting a workshop led by Jeff Osbourne, recipient of the Council of Undergraduate Research 2016 Fellows Award. This workshop is entitled “Strategies for Integrating Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (URSCA) into the Curriculum.” URSCA, a high-impact practice benefiting students across demographic groups and academic disciplines, it is a compelling way to combine faculty interests and students’ need for substantial challenges. This workshop addresses how to integrate research into the curriculum, offering models and examples of curricular integration for discussion.

This workshop is offered two times this semester:

Interested participants are asked to register.

Open House at the Graduate School

The Graduate School will be kicking off Graduate and Professional Student Week on April 3 with an Open House. Our offices will be open from 10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. with opportunities to meet our staff and tour both suites. Graduate School staff will be available at both our Dean’s Office (111 Student Services Bldg.) and our Office of Graduate Admissions (201 Student Services Bldg.) to answer your questions and talk about our purpose and vision.

But the celebration does not stop there! There will be delicious snacks and treats, door prizes and freebies. Every 15 minutes there will be a drawing for gift cards for local restaurants and attractions, and there will be Graduate School “swag” to take home.

Not sure where the Graduate School is? The Graduate School Dean’s Office is on the first floor of the Student Services Building, right across from Andy Holt Tower. The Office of Graduate Admissions is on the second floor of the Student Services Building in room 201. If you have trouble finding us, just call us (865-974-2475) and we’ll help direct you.

Faculty, staff and students…Everyone is invited! Come visit us and celebrate Graduate Education at UT!

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.

Last ORCID Workshop for Spring 2017

The “ORCID: Your Lifelong Digital Signature” workshop led by Ann Viera, the UT ORCID Ambassador is being offered one more time for Spring 2017 on March 28 from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. in Hodges Library Room 211. ORCID connects you (and only you) with all your research outputs and activities. Your ORCID iD travels with you wherever you go. Viera will discuss what ORCID is and why you need one. To register, email Caroline Zeglen (credmon1@utk.edu).

Women in STEM Symposium Tomorrow

Tomorrow (Tuesday, March 21st) in Hodges Library from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Pipeline–Vols for Women in STEM will be hosting the 3rd Annual Women in STEM Research Symposium. This year’s symposium will feature over 90 presentations from UT graduate students doing research in STEM-related fields, from Animal Science, Kinesiology, and Nursing, to Chemistry, Physics, and Zoology. Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich from the University of Toledo Graduate School will give this year’s keynote lecture, and five prominent women in STEM from the local Knoxville area will be joining in for a Q/A panel over lunch.

STEM faculty and postdocs have graciously volunteered to evaluate the poster and oral presentations throughout the day, and awards will be given to the best presentations at the undergraduate and graduate level.

This is a great opportunity for you to come out and support your fellow Vols in STEM! For a full schedule and details about the invited speakers, visit the website or follow them on Facebook and Twitter for updates and announcements.

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