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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.

Grad Student Juniper Starr Helps Share Stories of African Americans in Appalachia

Juniper Starr, a master’s student in information sciences is helping to preserve the history of African-Americans in Appalachia. Her work will be part of the East Tennessee’s PBS digital series Black in Appalachia. The project’s goal is to highlight the history of African-Americans in the development of the mountain South and its culture by collecting materials and narratives, engaging with the public and holding exhibitions. Read more about Juniper Starr and her work at Tennessee Today.

Four More 3MT Finalists are Selected to Compete in April

On March 7, 12 semi-finalists competed for the remaining four slots in the Three Minute Thesis Final Competition to be held on April 6. Sreejata Bandopadhyay (College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources), Emily Nield (College of Arts and Sciences), Jennifer Shearer (College of Nursing), and Jessica Velez (Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education) were selected at the end of another strong competition. The Graduate School encourages everyone to come to the final competition on April 6 from 1–3 p.m. at Hollingsworth Auditorium.

3MT Finalists from Semi-Final 2

On March 2 in the Haslam Business Building, ten more Three Minute Thesis competitors vied for the next four slots in the final competition to be held on April 6 in Hollingsworth Auditorium as part of Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week. The four who will be moving on to the finals are: Sujana Chandrasekar (Tickle College of Engineering), Hannah Gunderman (College of Arts and Sciences), Deepika Nambiar (College of Arts and Sciences), and Justin Short (Haslam College of Business). One more semi-final competition to go! Join us on Wednesday, March 7 in 220 Henson Hall at 1:00 p.m. to see who will complete the roster for the final competition.

UT’s Vincent Price Earns the People’s Choice Award at the Regional 3MT Competition

At the recent annual meeting of the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools, Vincent Price, the winner of our Three Minute Thesis (3MT) final competition last year, participated in the regional competition in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He won his initial heat on Saturday morning, allowing him to advance to the final competition on Saturday afternoon. At the final competition, Vincent received the People’s Choice award, decided by the entire audience. The competition at this level was fierce, but his wonderfully engaging, dynamic presentation made him the audience favorite, even though the judges gave the Grand Prize and Runner-up to competitors from Auburn University and the University of Missouri.

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