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Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships Looking for GA

Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships Overview

Undergraduate Research & Fellowships (URF) is responsible for UT’s centralized undergraduate research programming and nationally competitive fellowships support infrastructure. Our mission is to develop, coordinate, and assess diverse undergraduate research programs and fellowships support services; provide holistic student advising services, using the context of research and fellowships, that help students clarify their goals and more deeply engage with the campus, local, state, national, and global communities; educate the campus community about opportunities in undergraduate research, creative production, and nationally competitive fellowships; report on campus-wide undergraduate research and fellowships engagement and identify pathways/barriers to improved access and participation; celebrate student engagement in these high-impact educational experiences; support faculty mentors and, relatedly, recognize and celebrate strong mentoring relationships between students and faculty.

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Duties and Responsibilities

  • reporting to Laura De Furio, Assistant Director of Fellowships, and URF’s Senior Writing Consultant, providing timely written feedback to in-progress applicants on personal and project statements, short-answer essays, and abstracts over multiple rounds of drafts, including structural revisions and lower-order revisions (grammar, spelling, sentence structure, citations)
  • providing follow-up meetings as needed concerning structural revisions to application essays with attention to argumentation, organization, and development
  • with experience, conducting one-to-one consultations with fellowships/award applicants from a variety of majors to help them develop a foundational narrative arc for their application essays that honors students’ stories and strategically incorporates and justifies their award candidacy and grant proposal
  • assisting URF Senior Writing Consultant and Assistant Director to plan, schedule, and execute writing workshops and retreats to support fellowships applicants during the application process for the Fulbright, Critical Language Scholarship, and Gilman Scholarship, among others
  • communicating with applicants to develop customized timeline with goals and draft deadlines designed to retain students within lengthy and rigorous application processes
  • maintaining detailed records and data collection
  • assisting the SWC and AD in scheduling events that accommodate student availability
  • assisting the SWC in designing and maintaining fellowships Canvas sites
  • fielding fellowships interest forms and manage student enrollment in Canvas and URF workshops
  • in collaboration with the Undergraduate Research GA and Undergraduate Research AD, planning and executing social media campaigns to promote fellowship opportunities, events, and recipients
  • attending and participating in office meetings
  • conducting intake meetings to orient students to fellowships
  • during high volume times of the academic year, contributing to the programming and events offered to support undergraduate research, for instance, EURēCA, the Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement

Requirements

  • strong writing skills and extensive experience writing at the college level
  • strong interpersonal communications skills
  • strong organizational skills
  • experience with research and research writing

Preferred Qualifications

  • experience as a writing tutor and/or teaching at the college level
  • experience composing research/fellowships proposals and/or teaching philosophies
  • knowledge of composition/writing teaching theories
  • familiarity with Canvas course design and maintenance

Salary/Benefits

  • tuition waiver
  • monthly stipend of $1500/month
  • graduate student health insurance
  • 20 hours/week; 9-month appointment available; with the potential for hourly work to continue over the summer semester
  • must be a full-time graduate student at UT

Application Procedure

Review of applications will begin on June 28 and interviews will be held during the month of July with an expected start date of August 1. To apply, please e-mail as attachments your resume—with names and contact information for three references—and a 1-page cover letter expressing interest in and qualifications for this position to urf@utk.edu. Please use the subject line [LAST NAME]: URF Graduate Assistant. Any questions about the position should also be directed to urf@utk.edu.