Next week, on February 26 at 3:30 p.m. in room 160 of the Plant Biotechnology Building, the first of three Three Minute Thesis semi-final competitions will take place. The Three Minute Thesis competition is one in which graduate students have three minutes and a single slide to explain their dissertation or thesis research to a group of judges and an audience (that may not even be familiar with the academic area). It’s a valuable exercise and a great way to showcase the amazing work being done by UT graduate students. It’s also a perfect way to start Graduate Education Week, so come by and watch the competition and support our graduate students!
On March 1, 2018 from 5:30–7:00 p.m. in Strong Hall Auditorium B-001, the Third Annual Fleming-Morrow Distinguished Lecture in African-American History will be delivered by Thavolia Glymph. Thavolia Glymph is professor of history, faculty research scholar of the Population Research Institute, and faculty affiliate of the Program in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at Duke University. Her lecture is entitled “Against and Archive of Death, Erasure, and Evacuated Language: Writing the History of Black Women Refugees in the Civil War.” Download the flyer for more information.
Diversi-Tea is part of an ongoing effort to facilitate communication among faculty and staff about issues related to inclusive teaching practices. In monthly sessions sponsored by Teaching and Learning Innovation, faculty and staff will be given the opportunity to learn from one another and engage in dialogue about the various ways of incorporating inclusive teaching practices. The next Diversi-Tea will be on February 22 from 3:30–5:00 p.m. in the Frieson Black Cultural Center and the topic will be “Assessing Your Cultural Competency: Self-Reflection for Inclusive Practice in the Classroom and Beyond.” Be sure to register for the workshop, if you plan to attend.
The Academic Policy Committee will have their next meeting on February 22, 2018 from 2:00–3:00 p.m. in Student Services Building room 111.
Teaching and Learning Innovation will be starting its Faculty-Led Workshop Series on February 22, from 2:10 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. This series provides the opportunity for UT instructors to learn from colleagues from other disciplines as they share their experiences with experiential learning practices, inclusive teaching strategies, and active learning techniques. In this first session, Prof. Marina Maccari-Clayton, from the Department of History, will lead a workshop entitled “Reacting to the Past: Using Gamification to Facilitate Deeper Learning” in Hodges Library, Room 253. Please register for the workshop if you would like to attend.
Get connected with recruiters and employers that have strong ties to the University of Tennessee and the Tickle College of Engineering. It is never to early to learn about opportunities including internship, co-op, and full time employment. Come and go as you please and feel free to grab a bite to eat as you mix and mingle with the various organizations. The event takes place at the Science and Engineering Research Facility (SERF) on February 28 from 11:00–1:00p.m.
The UT Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition continues in 2018 and will start picking up steam during Graduate Education Week. There will be three semi-final competitions in late February and early March and there will be four winners chosen from each semi-final to move on to the final competition on April 6. The 3MT Final Competition will be the capstone to Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week, which takes place from April 2 until April 6. View the schedule of semi-final competitions.
Governor Haslam recently issued a proclamation that February 26 through March 2 of 2018 is Graduate Education Week throughout Tennessee. This week is to celebrate the contributions of graduate education to Tennessee. On Wednesday, February 28, the Tennessee Conference of Graduate Schools (TCGS) will be participating on the Day on the Hill. On this day, they will be present in Nashville to speak directly to legislators to showcase the research done by graduate students in institutions across Tennessee and demonstrate how graduate education has made a significant impact on the economic growth and stability of the state. Please join Governor Haslam, the TCGS, and the Graduate School at UT in observing this week. And look forward to Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week on April 2–6, when we will have the opportunity to show our sincere appreciation for all the great work our graduate students do.
The next Let’s Talk QUAL will be happening on February 23rd from 4:00–7:00 p.m. at the Public House (212 W. Magnolia Ave.). This event is for anyone interested in all things qualitative.
Joshua Cunningham, Jonathan Gill, Colton Oldham, and Matthew Tweardy have accepted positions in the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory NNSA Graduate Fellowship Program for 2018. The students work with UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair for Global Nuclear Security Howard Hall. Read more about the NNSA program.