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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

Four More 3MT Finalists are Selected to Compete in April - On March 7, 12 semi-finalists competed for the remaining four slots in the Three Minute Thesis Final Competition to be held on April 6. Sreejata Bandopadhyay (College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources), Emily Nield (College of Arts and Sciences), Jennifer Shearer (College of Nursing), and Jessica Velez (Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education) were selected at the end of another strong competition. The Graduate School encourages everyone to come to the final competition on April 6 from 1–3 p.m. at Hollingsworth Auditorium.
3MT Finalists from Semi-Final 2 - On March 2 in the Haslam Business Building, ten more Three Minute Thesis competitors vied for the next four slots in the final competition to be held on April 6 in Hollingsworth Auditorium as part of Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week. The four who will be moving on to the finals are: Sujana Chandrasekar (Tickle College of Engineering), Hannah Gunderman (College of Arts and Sciences), Deepika Nambiar (College of Arts and Sciences), and Justin Short (Haslam College of Business). One more semi-final competition to go! Join us on Wednesday, March 7 in 220 Henson Hall at 1:00 p.m. to see who will complete the roster for the final competition.
UT’s Vincent Price Earns the People’s Choice Award at the Regional 3MT Competition - At the recent annual meeting of the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools, Vincent Price, the winner of our Three Minute Thesis (3MT) final competition last year, participated in the regional competition in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He won his initial heat on Saturday morning, allowing him to advance to the final competition on Saturday afternoon. At the final competition, Vincent received the People’s Choice award, decided by the entire audience. The competition at this level was fierce, but his wonderfully engaging, dynamic presentation made him the audience favorite, even though the judges gave the Grand Prize and Runner-up to competitors from Auburn University and the University of Missouri.
First 3MT Finalists for 2018 - On February 26, twelve graduate students competed for four slots in the Three Minute Thesis final competition to be held on April 6th. The judges rendered their decision, and the first four finalists are: Aaron Brown (College of Social Work), Sushmitha Vijaya Kumar (College of Arts and Sciences), Amanda Lee (College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources), and Daniel Zydel (College of Law). Congratulations to all who presented, and the Graduate School is looking forward to seeing these four finalists during Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week. Come on out to the next semi-final competition on Friday, March 2 at 9:00 a.m. in Haslam 530!
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

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