Lori Mayer Fellowship Recipient Spreads Beauty through Art
Tasha Lewis, an MFA student starting this fall at UT, is a recipient of the Lori Mayer Re-Entry Women’s Graduate Fellowship. The fellowship was designed to provide personal encouragement and financial support for returning adult women students. Lewis’s work includes body-cast sculptures, more than 5,000 handcrafted butterflies, and a page-by-page illustration for a classic novel. Read more about her work and her plans for the future at UT.
Doctoral Fellow Studies Link Between Puberty, Hormones, and Mental Health
Marcia Chavez thought she wanted to be a clinical psychologist, but after working in a research lab as an undergraduate in California, she was fascinated to learn the possible link between mental health disorders, adolescent development, and gender. A third-year PhD student in experimental psychology who will graduate in May 2023, Chavez is one of five PhD students recently honored as Tennessee Doctoral Fellows.
Doctoral Fellow Sa’Nealdra Wiggins Aims to Improve Women’s Nutrition
Sa’Nealdra Wiggins fell in love with the field of women’s health during an undergraduate internship. Now a fourth-year doctoral student in nutrition scheduled to graduate in May 2021, Wiggins is one of five PhD students recently honored as Tennessee Doctoral Fellows.
Doctoral Fellow’s Love of Social Justice Was Sparked by a Stray Dog
Nadya Vera, who begins her doctoral studies this fall in sociology, wants to be a problem solver. And it all started when she rescued a dog. Vera is one of five PhD students recently honored as Tennessee Doctoral Fellows. Tennessee Doctoral Fellows are chosen every three years; this is only the second group of fellows at UT. The fellowships are funded by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and UT’s Graduate School.
Doctoral Fellow Loves the Small Things in Life: Electrons and Her Toddler
Since taking her first physics class and learning about electricity and magnetism, Maria Virginia White has been drawn to the study of electrons and quantum mechanics. White, from Buenos Aires, Argentina, is a second-year PhD student who expects to complete her degree in quantum chemistry in another four years. She is one of five PhD students recently honored as Tennessee Doctoral Fellows.
Doctoral Fellow Looks Forward to Breaking New Ground in Ag Research
Julian Cosner, who begins his PhD studies this fall in entomology and plant pathology, has set his sights on an area that’s just taking root: pest management for the industrial hemp industry in the southeastern United States. Cosner, from the Fountain City area of Knoxville, is one of five PhD students recently honored as Tennessee Doctoral Fellows.
Kayla Jones Continues Her Dedication to Helping Cancer Patients through the College of Nursing PhD Program
Kayla Jones began volunteering at the Norton’s Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky—two hours away from her hometown in Columbia—when she was in grade school. Touched by some of the young patients she met, she began raising money to fight pediatric cancer. She even wrote a young adult novel about a girl fighting cancer to help in raising funds for pediatric oncology. Now Jones is taking her desire to help young cancer patients a step further: she is beginning a doctoral program in the College of Nursing with the goal of doing research that will improve cancer treatments. Read more about Kayla Jones, the incredible work she has already done, and how the PhD program at UT will allow her to do even more.
Journalism PhD Student Charli Kerns Featured in Tennessee Today
Charli Kerns, a PhD student in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media, was recently featured in Tennessee Today. An avid action sports enthusiast, her research focuses on how action sports media can help re-imagine issues of gender in sport and culture. Read more about Charli, her dissertation research, and the ups and downs of whitewater canoeing.
Geography PhD Student Laura Smith in Media for Research on Tree Rings
Laura Smith, a PhD student in Geography, has been taking up research on tree rings begun in the 1930s and her research has made it into various media outlets. Florence Hawley started research on tree rings to understand long-term weather patterns in the Norris Basin, while working with the Tennessee Valley Authority. 80 years later, Smith is continuing the work by the trailblazing researcher, using new technologies available to the field. Besides moving the research forward, Smith wants the world to know more about Florence Hawley, her work, and her challenges. Read more about Laura Smith’s work in the Chattanooga Free Press, and hear her as she talks about her research and Florence Hawley in Science Minute.
Graduate Student in Social Work Studies the Use of VR Technology to Help Older Adults with Dementia
Joe Strong combined his frustration with the health insurance industry and a lifelong interest in neurology and is now a PhD candidate in the College of Social Work. The Office of Research and Engagement recently told his story, giving him the opportunity to discuss how he hopes to show the benefits of VR technology to assist older adults with early to moderate dementia.