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Graduate Student Life

While studying at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as a graduate student, there are a number of resources available to support you in successfully completing your program. This section of the Graduate School website is devoted to helping you find those resources.

The Big Picture

If you are a new graduate student, or just looking to refresh your view of the graduate education process, the Graduate School provides an overview of the entire process. This “big picture” can help you navigate your way through your time at UT. The Graduate Catalog is also available as the definitive guide to course offerings and requirements. Each fall term, the Graduate School organizes orientations for new graduate students and new graduate teaching assistants and associates.

Pursuing Your Degree

Particularly at the beginning of your program, your coursework will comprise the bulk of your work. UT’s One Stop service can help you in registering for classes, and the Graduate School can help you understand the requirements of your program. If, during the course of your work, you find it necessary to change to a different program, learn about the process for changing your program.

Engaging in Research

While engaging in research as a graduate student at UT, you are a representative of the university. Be sure you understand the rights and obligations involved in conducting research and publishing your work. The Office of Research Engagement is more than happy to assist you in ensuring that your research is in compliance with UT policy and federal regulations. The University of Tennessee Libraries has created a toolkit for graduate students that can help with publishing your work. If you’re beginning your thesis or dissertation research, visit the Theses and Dissertations area for some things to consider.

Costs and Funding Opportunities

The reality is that graduate education can incur costs, such as tuition (which depends upon your residency classification) and research funding. The Graduate School can help you locate funding for your graduate student career through various means, such as teaching or research assistantships and fellowships, both within and without the University of Tennessee. Find out more about Costs and Funding.

Understanding Your Rights and Obligations

The Graduate School and UT have developed a set of policies that are designed for administration and to protect the rights of students and staff. Be sure to understand and abide by these policies. We hope that you do not have any difficulties that add to the challenges inherent in graduate education, but if you do, the appeals process and the complaint procedures can help you protect yourself.

Spotlight on Graduate Students

Ewing Gallery Hosts 2019 MFA Thesis Exhibitions - The Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture will be hosting the 2019 Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibitions. From March 25th to April 2nd, you can experience work by Katie Genter, Holly Kelly, Rachel Sevier, and Mengmeng Shang, with a reception on March 29th from 5–7 p.m. From April 5th to April 12th, you can experience work by Eric Hines, Cara McKinley, Lila Shull, and Baxter Stults, with a reception on April 12th, from 5–7 p.m. Get locations and hours by visiting the Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture.
UT Graduate Student Entrepreneurs Win Local and International Pitch Competitions - Two companies operated by UT graduate students won local and international competitions recently. Lia Winter, a dual MS–MBA candidate studying biomedical engineering and business administration won first place and about $16,000 in prize money last week at an international pitch competition in Manitoba, Canada. Erica Grant, a doctoral candidate studying quantum computing, won top prize in “What’s the Big Idea? 48-hour Launch” competition on March 3 in Knoxville. Read more about these two companies, as well as a company started by undergraduate Sofia Tomov, which won a competition in Maryville.
PhD Graduate Student in EEB Lead Author of Study on the Links Between Climate, Evolution, Plants and Soils - A new study published in Global Change Biology and coauthored by researchers from UT, explores how climate, evolution, plants, and soils are linked. The research is the first to show how climate-driven evolution in tree populations alters the way trees directly interact with their immediate soil environment. Ian Ware, PhD candidate in UT's Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is lead author of the study. Find out more about this project at Tennessee Today.
All Twelve Finalists for the 2019 Three Minute Thesis Competition Now Chosen - This morning, the month of March started off with our last semi-final Three Minute Thesis Competition. The College of Architecture and Design, the College of Communication and Information, and the Haslam College of Business hosted this event, and the judges chose the finalists that complete our twelve that will compete on April 3 at 1:30 p.m. Congratulations Shade Adigun (College of Nursing), Andrew Putt (College of Arts and Sciences), and John Reynolds (Tickle College of Engineering)!
Finalists Chosen at the February 28 Three Minute Thesis Semi-Final Competition - On February 28, the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences; the College of Law and the Herbert College of Agriculture hosted the third of our semi-final Three Minute Thesis competitions. After another round of extremely talented presentations, three participants will be continuing on to the final competition on April 3 at 1:30 p.m.: Nikhil Deb (College of Arts and Sciences), Amanda Lee (Herbert College of Agriculture), and Benjamin Meadows (Haslam College of Business). Congratulations to all of our participants; we appreciate all the work you have done for this competition. And congratulations to our finalists: we'll see you in April!