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Training & Mentorship

The Office of Graduate Training and Mentorship (OGTM) was developed to enhance and sustain a culture for academic success and professional development of graduate students. In an effort to assist graduate departments with this mission, the OGTM provides the following services:

  • Assist with coordination of recruitment and retention efforts
  • Identify and create diversity resources and initiatives that strengthen faculty mentoring and support retention of underrepresented populations in a variety of fields of study across campus
  • Collaborates with other members of the Graduate School executive staff and related offices to collect and maintain data (e.g., enrollment, graduation, surveys) for tracking and required reporting and for faculty writing grants
  • Collaborates with the Office of Research and faculty from various units across campus to coordinate training in grant development
  • Collaborates with the Office of Research and faculty from various units across campus to coordinate responsible conduct of research
  • Assist with building faculty-student collaborative research teams and interdisciplinary projects

Ernest L. Brothers, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, oversees the Office of Graduate Training and Mentorship in the Graduate School.

Funding and Training Opportunities

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.

Let’s Talk QUAL Series Continues in April

The Educational Psychology and Counseling Department is hosting another event for anyone interested in qualitative research on April 7th from 4-7 p.m. at the Public House (212 W. Magnolia Ave.). The “Let’s Talk Qual” event is an opportunity for all to get out of the academic silos and talk about thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and practices of qualitative work.

Assistantship Postings in the Honors and Scholars Program

The Honors and Scholars Program has posted two graduate assistantship opportunities, and is now accepting applications. One assistantship is for the Honors Leadership Program and the other is for the 1794 Scholars Program. The deadline for applications to both is April 28th. For more details, visit the Graduate Assistantships page.

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 (

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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