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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

Workshops on Your Thesis/Dissertation

The UT Libraries are hosting two workshops on theses and dissertations in the next couple of weeks. The first is entitled “Managing Copyright: Research Data and Your Thesis/Dissertation” and will be held on February 27, 3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. in 212 Hodges Library. The second is entitled “File Storage and Your ETD” and will be held on March 3, 3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. in 212 Hodges Library. To find other workshops related to your professional development, view our Professional Development Events in the Office of Training and Mentorship.

RCR Lunch and Learn Series Continues in March

The Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Lunch Series, sponsored by the Office of Research and Engagement, in partnership with the University of Tennessee Libraries and the Graduate School, continues in March. The next session is entitled “Lab Safety and the APLU Toolbox” and will be held on March 1, from noon until 1:00 p.m. Find out more about the RCR Lunch and Learn Series and register at the Office of Research and Engagement.

Math and Science Center Looking for Mentors

The Math and Science Center Upward Bound is looking for faculty and teaching assistants who would be interested in working with their programs during the summer of 2017. With over 30 years of experience on UT’s campus, the Math and Science Center’s programs are dedicated to working with highly motivated high school students from economically disadvantaged families where neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree. At this time, they are searching for exceptional research mentors for their 6-week summer component from June 5th–July 7th. Research mentors for the Math and Science Center are needed in a variety of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields in order for students to conduct scientific research with mentors, with the finished project to be presented at the Annual Scientific Poster Symposium. Download the application and information packet or contact Leigh Ann Elkins at or 865-974-4466 to find out more. Deadline for applications is March 20th.

MGSO Hosts Panel on Immigration

The Multicultural Graduate Student Organization (MGSO) is hosting a panel at their professional development meeting on Tuesday, February 21st from 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m in the Frieson Black Cultural Center. The Topic is “Understanding the Impact of Recent Immigration Issues,” which will feature a panel of UT faculty and staff. As always, MGSO events are open to everyone. Free lunch will be provided from Jason’s Deli (Vegetarian and Dairy Free options available).


  • Scott Cantrell, Director of International Support Services, Center for International Education
  • Ifedapo Adeleye, PhD, Department of Management
  • De Ann Pendry, PhD, Department of Anthropology
  • Meghan Conley, PhD, Department of Sociology
Professional Development Conference for Women

Registration is now open for the 2017 Professional Development Conference for Women. This event takes place on the 4th floor of the Conference Center Building in downtown Knoxville from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. on March 16. Participants will have teh opportunity to hear a keynote address by Melanie Wilson, Dean of the College of Law and Lindsay Young Distinguished Professor. Please register online or call 865-974-6657, if you have additional questions.

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