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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

Whitney Rumsey Receives the April Wellness Warrior Award - The recipient of the April Wellness Warrior Award, Whitney Rumsey, is dedicated to living a healthy lifestyle and encouraging those around her to do the same. Whitney is a graduate student in the Masters of Public Health Program and the Graduate Assistant for Fitness with RecSports. The Wellness Warrior Award is given to individuals across campus who are nominated by their peers for leading by example and inspiring through action to create a healthier lifestyle. Read more about Whitney and her motivating model of health and wellness.
Matthew T. Kerr Awarded Phi Kappa Phi Dissertation Fellowship - Matthew T. Kerr, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Geography, is one of only 10 recipients nationwide to be awarded the 2017 Dissertation Fellowship from the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. He will receive $10,000 to apply toward 12 months of dissertation writing. Read more about this award and Matthew T. Kerr in Tennessee Today.
MFA Student Amy Lefever Exhibits Work in Three NCECA Exhibitions - Amy Lefever, MFA candidate in Ceramics, had work selected for inclusion in three exhibitions at this year’s annual meet of the National Council For Education in the Ceramics Arts (NCECA) in Portend, Oregon: 10 Years in the Making, The Bison Building; Ashes & Flux, Parish Gallery, Chehalem Cultural Center and most notably, the highly competitive NCECA Student Exhibition, Hoffman Gallery, Oregon College of Art and Craft.
MFA Student Abigail Lucien’s Work Shown at MOMA Exhibition - Abigail Lucien, a UT Knoxville MFA student has been selected for a group exhibition “Past Skin,” at the Museum of Modern Art’s PS1 contemporary exhibition space in Long Island City. The exhibition will run from April 9 – September 10, 2017. Curated by Jocelyn Miller, the “Past Skin” features six artists who take up science historian and cyber-feminist Donna Haraway’s provocation, “Why should our body end at the skin?,” testing the relationship between our bodies and a contemporary world in which we often exist in both virtual and imaginary spaces. Lucien, who spent her childhood living in Haiti and Florida, just completed her MFA this this semester with a concentration in printmaking.
Master’s Candidate Katie McGee Among Winners in Dairy Contest - The Department of Food Science sent a team to the Collegiate Dairy Product Evaluation Contest, held in Madison, Wisconsin on April 12, 2017. One of the members of the UT 2017 Team is Katie Magee, a Master’s candidate in Food Science. She took home four prizes from this contest: 1st in Ice Cream, 2nd in Yogurt, 3rd in Cottage Cheese, and 1st in All Products. Michael Luethke, an undergraduate, received 2nd in Milk and 1st in Cottage Cheese. In the team competitions, the 2017 team received: 1st in All Products, 3rd in Yogurt, 2nd in Milk, 3rd in Cheddar Cheese, 1st in Ice Cream, and 1st in Cottage Cheese. Congratulations to Katie Magee and her team!

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