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Category Archives: Student Spotlight

UT Grad Student Studies How Libraries Can Better Serve the Homeless

Olivia Forehand, a graduate student in the School of Information Sciences, has studied how libraries can better serve poor and homeless people in their communities. Her research, conducted last spring for the course Diversity Leadership in Information Organizations, taught by Professor Bharat Mehra, will be published this month in the International Journal of Information, Diversity, and Inclusion. Read more about Forehand’s Research in Tennessee Today.

Student Shares Her Experience Working on Documentary

In the September 2018 Torchbearer, Lindsey Owen, a graduate student in the College of Communication and Information, recounts her experience working with UT’s Land Grant Films on a documentary about the 100 millionth book being given away by Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Owen learned not only about filmmaking but also how the program changes lives. Read her article, 100 Million Stories in Torchbearer.

Graduate Student Returns from White House Internship

Jorge Narvaez, a second-year doctoral fellow in the Energy Science and Engineering Program in the UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education, worked in the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), which advises the executive office on scientific affairs. As one of only eight interns and one of six in the policy sector, he conducted research concerning artificial intelligence, STEM education, and strategic management. Read more about Narvaez at Tennessee Today.

UT MFA Student Involves Knoxville Community in Creation, Installation of Murals

Graduate student Jillian Hirsch was reaching out to organizations in the Knoxville area for ways to bring mosaic murals to communities even before she arrived on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, campus. A year of planning and creating later, a mosaic mural featuring Beaver Creek was unveiled at the Karns Senior Center in June. Read more about Jillian Hirsch in Tennessee Today.

Emily Simmons, Master of Music Graduate, Soloist at the Spring 2018 Graduate Hooding Ceremony

Every semester, we find outstanding vocalists to perform the national anthem and to lead the audience in the UT Alma Mater. For the Spring 2018 Graduate Hooding Ceremony, we are honored to have Emily Simmons as our soloist. She will be performing at the ceremony on May 10 at Thompson Boling Arena. Emily Simmons, soprano, graduates in the Spring of 2018 with a Master of Music in vocal performance. During her time with UT Opera Theatre she has been featured in roles such as Countess Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Abigail Williams (The Crucible), and Fortuna/Giunone (Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria). Emily is proud to be a Vol!

Nursing PhD Candidate Came to UT Because of Faculty Mentors

Sandy Cobb first became interested in seizure disorders while working as an EEG technician at the University of North Carolina Medical Center. Now Cobb, earning her PhD in nursing, was in the first group of students to receive the Tennessee Fellowship for Graduate Excellence. The premier program provided top-dollar fellowships that helped UT recruit some of the nation’s best graduate students in all fields. Read more about Sandy and her work at Tennessee Today.

Big Orange Power: Spencer Cochran Working on Third Engineering Degree

For Knoxville native Spencer Cochran, staying at UT for graduate school was a given. Cochran began his journey at UT after graduating from Halls High School in 2011. During his undergraduate years, a few things pushed him toward an electrical engineering degree. Cochran finished his master’s degree in power electronics this past fall while starting work toward his doctorate in power electronics. Read more about Spencer and his work at Tennessee Today.

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