Graduate School Funds 16 Student-Faculty Research Teams
Sixteen projects were funded this fall through the Student/Faculty Research Awards. Graduate students and faculty collaborate to submit proposals for grants up to $5,000 to support research or creative projects. The awards advance important research while also fostering the mentoring relationship between faculty and graduate students. Read about the awarded proposals for fall 2019.
Music Graduate Student Receives Award to Have KSO Musicians Perform His Compositions
Dennis Belisle, graduating in December with a Master of Music, received the inaugural Robert W. Pedersen Memorial Research Award this fall. The funding he received from this award is going toward allowing members of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra to perform his compositions during a special concert at 8 p.m. on Friday, November 15, at the Powell Recital Hall in the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center. You can listen to samples of Belisle’s work on his website, dennisbelisle.com and learn more about him and his work on Tennessee Today.
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.