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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

Graduate Students Marissa Black and Miranda Fulmer Receive Scholarships - Two outstanding graduate students in the Department of Nutrition received scholarships to assist in achieving their academic goals. Both scholarships are from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation. Get more details from the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences.
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.
Doctoral Student Examines Sci-Fi as Social Commentary - What if science fiction like the Star Trek series could help us understand and engage with the real world around us? That's the premise of a collection of scholarly articles written by a group of researchers including Hannah Gunderman, a UT doctoral student in the Department of Geography. Read more about Gunderman and her work in Tennessee Today.
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.

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