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Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are offered through many departments and colleges. Information concerning these types of assistance can be obtained from the department in which the student plans to study. All assistantships are governed by the Policy for the Administration of Graduate Assistantships.

The Graduate School shares openings for graduate assistantships whenever possible. If you have any openings to post, please contact Sean Hendricks (shendrick@utk.edu).

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture
Graduate Assistant—Collections
Contact: Adriane Tafoya (atafoya@utk.edu)

The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture is seeking a graduate assistant to provide support to the museum Registrar assisting with routine department duties and special projects including but not limited to responding to internal and external requests and inquiries pertaining to the collections, assisting with collections-based projects, and general office tasks.
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McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture
Graduate Assistant—Academic Programs
Contact: Katy Malone (kmalon15@utk.edu)

The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture is seeking a graduate assistant to provide support to the Curator of Academic Programs, and serve as an interface between the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture and UT by connecting students and faculty with the museum and its collection. The Academic Programs graduate assistant will work with museum staff to develop and implement dynamic programming for university students and faculty, curriculum-structured gallery experiences, opportunities for object-based teaching and learning, and new extracurricular initiatives with the Museum. In addition, the AP graduate assistant will work to support programming serving the local community at large, including special projects that relate to such areas as accessibility.
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UT Peace Corps
Graduate Assistant
Contact: Adam Wilcox (awillcox@utk.edu)

UT is currently accepting applications for a Peace Corps Strategic Campus Recruiter position. This position is anticipated to begin in August 2021 and run through the end of the academic year. The position is for a graduate student and contingent on the applicant being accepted by the UT Graduate School. The position includes a competitive stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance. The position is housed in the UT Center for Global Engagement and will be supervised by the UT Peace Corps Prep Coordinator. Please note that one of the minimum qualifications is that any applicant must be a returned Peace Corps volunteer.
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Department of Plant Sciences
Graduate Research Assistant
Contact: Amy Fulcher, PhD (afulcher@utk.edu)

The Department of Plant Sciences is seeking an MS or PhD student for a graduate research assistantship in the area of sustainable nursery irrigation. Preference will be given to applicants with a BS or MS degree in horticulture, plant science, agronomy, botany, ecology or other related discipline.
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Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries
Graduate Research Assistant
Contact: Sheng-I Yang, PhD (syang47@utk.edu)

The Forest Biometrics Lab at UT is now accepting applications for a 2-year MS research assistantship under the supervision of Sheng-I Yang, Assistant Professor of Forest Biometrics. The sustainability of mixed hardwood forests has received increased attention due to declines in the natural regeneration of several important tree species, which would negatively impact forest structure, biodiversity, carbon storage and commercial value. The main objective of this project is to develop accurate statistical procedures to assess forest structure and regeneration potential for short-term and long-term forecasts of hardwood tree and stand development in the Eastern US. The project will be conducted in collaboration with Thomas Brandeis at the USDA Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program.
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Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries
Graduate Research Assistant
Contact: Sheng-I Yang, PhD (syang47@utk.edu)

The Climate Smart Forestry (CSF) program at the University of Tennessee is now accepting applications for a 3-year PhD research assistantship under the supervision of Sheng-I Yang, Assistant Professor of Forest Biometrics, and David Buckley, Professor in the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries. The CSF program is a collaborative project between the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture and Tennessee chapter of the Nature Conservancy developed to provide important information for enhancing sustainable forest management and environmental conservation under a changing climate.
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Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries
Graduate Research Assistant
Contact: Sheng-I Yang, PhD (syang47@utk.edu)

The Forest Biometrics Lab at University of Tennessee (UT) is now accepting applications for a 2-year MS research assistantship under the supervision of Sheng-I Yang, Assistant Professor of Forest Biometrics. The position is part of the Timber Products Output (TPO) Studies in the USDA Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) national program.
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Cook Grand Challenge Honors Program
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Contact: Jessica Jeffers (jjeffers@utk.edu)

The Cook Grand Challenge Honors Program seeks a graduate teaching assistant (GTA) for the 2021–2022 academic year to assist in teaching EF 157 and EF 158. Duties include Tuesday/Thursday class sessions, grading homework and exam problems, and assisting with setup and cleanup of activities. The position includes a tuition waiver, health insurance, and a stipend.
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