Recent PhD Graduate Receives McKinley Award
For Naijia Hao and countless others, the spring 2020 semester ended abruptly and without the usual fanfare and celebration typically associated with completing a PhD program. Hao didn’t even get to say goodbye to many of her friends and colleagues before she left Knoxville for New Mexico to begin a post-doctoral research associate position.
Former Refugee Finds New Home on Rocky Top
For many students, one of the most important aspects of the university experience is the chance to leave home and become part of a new community. For Cedric Twizere, a master of accountancy student at the Haslam College of Business, finding that sense of belonging has been particularly meaningful. To read more about Twizere’s experience at UT you can go to the Haslam College of Business’ student spotlight here.
Entomology and Plant Pathology Grad Student Spotlighted in Catalyst
Matthew Longmire is a graduate student in entomology and plant pathology who was recently featured as a Graduate Student Spotlight in Catalyst, the newsletter of the Office of Research and Engagement. Longmire’s research compares how selecting cover crops affects the composition and density of different arthropods, a classification that includes insects, arachnids, and crustaceans. His study focused on the most popular cover crop species—grasses, mustards, and legumes—for soybeans. Read more about Longmire and his work at the Office of Research and Engagement.
Graduate Student in Geography Spotlighted
Reagan Yessler, a graduate student in the Department of Geography, is the subject of a spotlight at the Office of Research & Engagement. Yessler’s research is based upon the premise that society not only develops out of its local landscape but also shapes it. Read more about Reagan Yessler at the Office of Research & Engagement’s Student Spotlight page.
Nuclear Engineering PhD Student Presents on Superheavy Elements
Nuclear engineering doctoral student Clarice Phelps recently presented at a virtual spotlight on Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) hosted by the American Nuclear Society Young and Student Members. She became the first African American woman to be involved in the discovery of an element on the periodic table—in this case, appropriately, Tennessine. Read more about Clarice Phelps at the Department of Nuclear Engineering.
Microbiology PhD Student Brittany Zepernick Featured in Catalyst
Brittany Zepernick, a PhD student in the Department of Microbiology, is the latest Graduate Student Spotlight for the Office of Research and Engagement. Her research focuses on harmful algal blooms (HABs), which are masses of phytoplankton, or microscopic algae, that experience unregulated growth. These blooms negatively impact freshwater habitat, with detrimental effects on the ecology and economy of the surrounding areas. Read more about Zepernick and her work at research.utk.edu.