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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

PhD Student Romberg Recognized for His Work in Additive Manufacturing - Stian Romberg, graduate student in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering, recently received recognition for his research in large-scale thermoset additive manufacturing. Romberg’s first-author conference paper, “Large-scale Additive Manufacturing of Highly Exothermic Reactive Polymer Systems,” submitted to the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) 2019 was selected for additional publication in the October 2019 edition of the SAMPE Journal. Read more about Romberg and his work at the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering.
Master’s Student at UT Lends Her Voice to the Fall 2019 Graduate Hooding Ceremony - The Graduate School is excited that Adia Evans will be our featured soloist at the Fall 2019 Graduate Hooding Ceremony. Evans will perform the national anthem and lead the audience in the Alma Mater for UT on December 12 during the ceremony, which begins at 4:30 p.m. Read more about Adia and her work.
PhD Student in Materials Science and Engineering Featured Speaker for Hooding - Camera Foster, a graduating PhD student in materials science and engineering, will be the featured speaker at the Fall 2019 Graduate Hooding Ceremony. The Graduate School is looking forward to her remarks and we know that everyone will be as inspired by her words as we are by her work. Read more about Camera and her accomplishments on our featured speaker page.
Graduate School Funds 16 Student-Faculty Research Teams - Sixteen projects were funded this fall through the Student/Faculty Research Awards. Graduate students and faculty collaborate to submit proposals for grants up to $5,000 to support research or creative projects. The awards advance important research while also fostering the mentoring relationship between faculty and graduate students. Read about the awarded proposals for fall 2019.
Music Graduate Student Receives Award to Have KSO Musicians Perform His Compositions - Dennis Belisle, graduating in December with a Master of Music, received the inaugural Robert W. Pedersen Memorial Research Award this fall. The funding he received from this award is going toward allowing members of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra to perform his compositions during a special concert at 8 p.m. on Friday, November 15, at the Powell Recital Hall in the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center. You can listen to samples of Belisle’s work on his website, and learn more about him and his work on Tennessee Today.