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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

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.
Graduate Fellowship Recipient Pursuing Studies as Interdisciplinary Artist - Angelina Parrino is one of the first class of recipients of the Tennessee Fellowship for Graduate Excellence, a program aimed at helping UT recruit some of the nation’s best graduate students to study here. She is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts, and credits the fellowship—$10,000 a year for up to four years of study—with enabling her to begin her studies. You can read more about her story and see examples of her work at Tennessee Today.
2017–2018 Fellows Welcomed at Reception at Neyland Stadium - On Monday, September 25, the Graduate School hosted a reception at the East Club in Neyland Stadium to recognize the 2017–2018 recipients of fellowships sponsored by the Graduate School. Read more about the event and view images.
Graduate Fellowship Recipient is ‘Foodie’ Pursuing Food Science Degree - Robert Pellegrino is working on a second doctorate in food science at UT as one of the first class of recipients of the Tennessee Fellowship for Graduate Excellence, a premier fellowship program designed to help UT recruit some of the nation’s best graduate students in all disciplines. Read more about Pellegrino's story in Tennessee Today.
Graduate Student in Printmaking Talks About Her Puppetry - In addition to being a third-year student in the UT MFA printmaking program, Johanna Winters is a puppeteer. Her hand-built figures are both endearing and uncanny, and her performances, using larger-than-life heads and distorted, delicate figures, are both humorous and dark. In her current work, Dowagers, she explores ideas about control and play through a pair of reclusive sisterly spinsters. Read more about Winters and her work at the School of Art.

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