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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

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!
UT Graduate Students Receive Fellowships in the NNSA Graduate Fellowship Program - Joshua Cunningham, Jonathan Gill, Colton Oldham, and Matthew Tweardy have accepted positions in the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory NNSA Graduate Fellowship Program for 2018. The students work with UT-ORNL Governor's Chair for Global Nuclear Security Howard HallRead more about the NNSA program.
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.
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.

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