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Current News from the Graduate School

Graduate Students Chisa Huffman and Carrie Lingerfelt Featured in #UTellOurStory - Meet Sadie Hutson, interim assistant dean and associate professor of nursing, and graduate nursing students Chisa Huffman and Carrie Lingerfelt. #UTellOurStory is a series of short videos that showcase some of the exciting, life-changing, and powerful moments that happen in UT classrooms. View this video on YouTube.
Graduate Students Interested in Enhancing Their Teaching Can Register for the FUEL Program - Are you a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow interested in learning more or enhancing your teaching? Join Teaching and Learning Innovation (TLI) for this summer’s “Facilitating Undergraduate Evidence-Based Learning (FUEL) in STEM” professional development seminar. This CIRTL certified professional seminar will take place on Monday and Wednesday afternoons, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. beginning May 9–May 30, 2018 in Hodges Library, Room 213. Please register for UT CIRTL FUEL by May 2, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. If you have any questions regarding UT CIRL FUEL, please contact Dr. Ferlin McGaskey, TLI’s director of faculty development, at
Spring 2018 Graduation Deadline - If you are a graduate student planning to graduate in spring 2018, Friday, April 20th at 5:00 p.m. is an important deadline to remain mindful of. For more details on what is required for your degree program on April 20th, visit the Graduation Deadlines page.
Graduate Assistantship in Entomology and Plant Pathology - The University of Tennessee Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology (Hadziabdic Lab) is seeking a Ph.D. candidate to conduct laboratory and field research focused on elucidating the impact of the fungal microbiome on plant-pathogen interactions, with a focus on Thousand Cankers disease of walnuts. Successful candidate will be expected to present research findings at regional, national, or international research meetings and publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Download information on this position.
PhD Student’s Research Focuses on ‘Sensitive and Scary’ Topic of Suicide - Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, and deaths by suicide are increasing every year despite prevention efforts. “It’s also a very sensitive and scary topic, which makes it difficult to study and to approach clinically,” said Caitlin Clevenger, a PhD candidate in clinical psychology who researches the relationship between suicide, intimate partner violence, and substance use. She’s zeroed in on a variety of populations, including abused women in shelters, college students, gender and sexual minorities, and men and women arrested for domestic violence and referred to batterer intervention programs. Read more about Caitlin and her work at Tennessee Today.
Three Minute Thesis Winners for 2018 - On Friday, April 6, twelve hopefuls competed in the 2018 Three Minute Thesis final competition. While all participants were outstanding, we could only give out three awards. Here are our award winners:
  • 3rd place—Sreejata Bandopadhyay (College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources)
  • 2nd place—Amanda Lee (College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources)
  • 1st place—Jessica M. Vélez (Bredesen Center)
Congratulations to all of our competitors!
Nursing PhD Candidate Came to UT Because of Faculty Mentors - Sandy Cobb first became interested in seizure disorders while working as an EEG technician at the University of North Carolina Medical Center. Now Cobb, earning her PhD in nursing, was in the first group of students to receive the Tennessee Fellowship for Graduate Excellence. The premier program provided top-dollar fellowships that helped UT recruit some of the nation’s best graduate students in all fields. Read more about Sandy and her work at Tennessee Today.
Big Orange Power: Spencer Cochran Working on Third Engineering Degree - For Knoxville native Spencer Cochran, staying at UT for graduate school was a given. Cochran began his journey at UT after graduating from Halls High School in 2011. During his undergraduate years, a few things pushed him toward an electrical engineering degree. Cochran finished his master’s degree in power electronics this past fall while starting work toward his doctorate in power electronics. Read more about Spencer and his work at Tennessee Today.

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