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Two 3MT Semi-Finals to Bookend Graduate Education Week

Two of the semi-final Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) competitions are scheduled for the first and last day of Graduate Education Week. We encourage everyone to attend these events, as they provide an excellent way to support our graduate students and find out more about the great work they do at UT. And if you can’t make it on February 26 or March 2, there is one more on March 7. The full schedule is:

  • February 26 @ 3:30 p.m. in 160 Plant Biotechnology
  • March 2 @ 9:00 a.m. in HBB 530
  • March 7 @ 1:00 p.m. in 220 Henson Hall

First 2018 3MT Semi-Final Coming Up Next Week

Next week, on February 26 at 3:30 p.m. in room 160 of the Plant Biotechnology Building, the first of three Three Minute Thesis semi-final competitions will take place. The Three Minute Thesis competition is one in which graduate students have three minutes and a single slide to explain their dissertation or thesis research to a group of judges and an audience (that may not even be familiar with the academic area). It’s a valuable exercise and a great way to showcase the amazing work being done by UT graduate students. It’s also a perfect way to start Graduate Education Week, so come by and watch the competition and support our graduate students!

Graduate Students Co-organizers of Darwin Day Festivities

The McClung Museum will host Darwin Day, a community and family fun day celebrating Charles Darwin’s birthday, from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, February 10. And the event is co-organized by graduate students Maggie Limbeck from the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Jessica Beck from Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, as well as the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture.

Zach Campbell Perseveres Through Hardship to Complete Degree

Zach Campbell graduates this fall with a law degree from UT’s College of Law, and during these past four years, he has had to show incredible perseverance to achieve his goals. He will now continue to make his mark, having accepted a position with KMPG in its Washington, D.C. metro office where he will begin working as an associate in mergers and acquisitions tax practice. Read more about his story in Tennessee Today.

Gresham Collom Receives Student/Faculty Research Award with Dorian McCoy

Gresham Collom, a student in the Higher Education Administration PhD program and a graduate research assistant for the Postsecondary Education Research Center, receives his first grant with faculty member Dorian McCoy from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. This Student/Faculty Research Award will help support student research and foster the mentor relationship between faculty and graduate students. Learn more about this opportunity for Collom at PERC.

Graduate Student Wins Fall 2017 Vol Court Pitch Competition

A time-saving surgical tool created by UT graduate student Lia Winter took home the top prize at this semester’s Vol Court Pitch Competition. Winter pitched the device, EasyWhip, to beat a record 23 competitors. Winter, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is both an MBA candidate in the Haslam College of Business and a master’s degree candidate in the UT Institute for Biomedical Engineering. She won $1,500 along with a sponsored prize package, which included free office space in the UT Research Foundation Business Incubator, consulting services courtesy of PYA, legal advice from Morehous Legal Group, and design services from Innovative Design Inc. Read the full story at Tennessee Today.

Bredesen Center Students Attend Policy Conference

A trio of UT students from the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education got a chance to study, collaborate, and meet with other women from around the world at the recent Women in Global Policy conference in Washington, D.C. Mallory Ladd, Christine Ajinjeru, and Jayde Aufrecht attended the weeklong event, which included discussions and debates, as well as visits to places where the country’s international polices are made and put to the test, including the U.S. Department of State. The three are part of the Energy Science and Engineering doctoral program at the Bredesen Center. Read more about their trip at the Tickle College of Engineering.

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