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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

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.

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.

Reminder: Libraries Featured at RCR Session

Don’t forget to register for the “Library Technology and Resources for RCR” session of the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Lunch and Learn Series. This workshop will take place on April 12 from noon until 1:00 p.m. in A004 Blount Hall and features the UT Libraries. 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.

Workshop on Presentations in the Library

Coming up on Tuesday is a workshop on making presentations entitled “Research Posters: A Step-by-Step Primer to Design, Printing, & Presentation.” Poster sessions in classes and at conferences are a way to visually convey your research. This workshop aims to give you the basics in design, content, and printing resources. Need to make a poster? Bring your laptop to get started or to get feedback on your design. Taking place on April 11, 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m., this is the last time this workshop will be offered this spring at the Pendergrass Library. To register for the workshop, email Caroline Zeglen at credmon1@utk.edu.

Q&A Session on Converting a CV to Resume

This Tuesday, April 4 from 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m., Dr. Fatima Williams Castro will be facilitating a live Q&A session centered around her webinar “3 Keys to Painlessly Convert Your CV to a Resume.” If you’d like to participate, first watch the webinar, currently posted with PEER at peer.utk.edu/resources. On Tuesday, the session will begin with a 20-minute workshop on resume writing, and then there will be 40 minutes to answer your questions. The session will take place in Alumni Memorial Building Room 032 (please note the room change).

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