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Registration Open for Best Practices in Publishing

The Best Practices in Publishing program is now open for registration at This program provides opportunities to discuss research and publishing-related issues with graduate students from across the University. Over seven sessions in the fall, a range of topics will be introduced and discussed with campus experts, including experienced faculty. Sessions will be on Tuesdays from 5:15 p.m.–6:45 p.m. in Hodges Library. Download a full agenda and description or visit the UT Libraries for more details.

New Graduate Student Orientation Today

The Fall 2018 New Graduate Student Orientation took place today and we had a record number of new graduate students registered for the event. After an inspiring welcome from the Dean of the Graduate School, Dixie L. Thompson; Interim Chancellor Wayne Davis; Ernest L. Brothers, Associate Dean of the Graduate School; and Cara Sulyok the President of the Graduate Student Senate, participants broke off into various breakout sessions.

These breakout sessions covered topics such as funding and financial aid, student health insurance, professional development, the UT Libraries, OIT, health and wellness, Title IX, equity and diversity, and student conduct. Speakers from units across campus donated their time to provide these sessions.

We wrapped up the orientation with a panel discussion where new graduate students could ask questions directly to experienced graduate students. Our panel of experienced graduate students fielded questions on parking, topics of dissertations, work/life balance, how to get around UT and Knoxville, and other issues that those who have been there already could help with.

After the wrap-up, participants were invited to go by the information tables to talk directly with units and organizations both on campus and in Knoxville.

Welcome to UT! We’re glad you’re here, and we look forward to working with you. Be sure to let us know if we can help.

Upcoming Professional Development Workshops from PEER

The Program for Excellence and Equity in Research (PEER) is hosting a series of professional development workshops during the fall 2018 semester.  These workshops are a great way for both new and current graduate students to gain skills needed to succeed in their graduate program and future career.  Use the following link to register to attend these workshops:  Please complete registration by Wednesday, August 15th.




Graduate Assistantship in the Council for Diversity and Interculturalism and the Commission for Blacks

Note: This position is no longer accepting applications. A Graduate Assistant is needed to support the work of the Council for Diversity and Interculturalism (CDI) and the Commission for Blacks (CFB). The work of CDI and CFB are critical to advancing diversity and inclusion at UT. Get more information about this position and how to apply. Contact Angela Batey at with any questions.

Graduate Student Senate Travel Awards Deadlines

Graduate Student Senate Travel Award DeadlinesIf you’re a graduate student planning to travel to a professional meeting in fall 2018, you may want to consider applying for a Graduate Student Senate Travel Award. These awards, distributed three times a year, are made on the basis of both need and merit, and allow for partial reimbursement of transportation, lodging, and conference expenses. For travel between September 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018, the deadline to apply is August 27. You can get more information about the awards and apply at the Graduate Student Senate website.

Residency Classification Deadlines for Fall 2018

Your residency classification has an impact on your tuition and fees. Your initial classification is determined by the information you have provided on your application for admission to the Graduate School. If you believe that your initial residency classification is incorrect, you may appeal the classification. If you are choosing to appeal your residency application, be sure to submit your appeal to the Office of Graduate Admissions prior to August 20th, which is the deadline for paying your fees for fall 2018. If you submit your appeal after August 20th, your registration may be cancelled for non-payment of any outstanding fees. The final deadline for submitting a residency appeal for fall 2018 is August 30th. Any appeals received after that date will be reviewed for spring 2019.

Those participating in the Work Rule Program must submit their Work Rule Application and verification of employment letter(s) from in-state employer(s) to the Office of Graduate Admissions by August 20th.

Graduate Assistantship in Plant Sciences

The University of Tennessee Department of Plant Sciences (Shekoofa Lab) is seeking an MS candidate to conduct controlled (greenhouse) and field research in Jackson, TN that will be focused on helping to understand the influences of environmental changes, including water deficit and heat stress, on water movement in plants, plant physiological responses to stressors, and plant-water-soil interactions. The successful candidate will be expected to present research findings at regional, national, or international research meetings and publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Download information on this position.

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