Skip to content

HABIT Animals at the Veteran Resource Center During Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week

Veteran Student Services invites you to join them at the Veteran Resource Center (G020 Hodges Library) on April 2, from noon–4 p.m. to spend time with HABIT animals who will be visiting. HABIT, or Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee, is a group that includes the College of Veterinary Medicine at UT to explore and promote the valuable bond between humans and animals. The therapy dog Shiloh hangs out at the Veterans Resource Center on Monday afternoons, so even if you can’t come by during Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week, be sure to pay a visit when you can.

We have many graduate students who are veterans, so come by to celebrate both our graduate students and our veterans!

Career Conversations

The Center for Career Development would like to announce the next Career Conversations event on Wednesday, March 21, from 4-5:30 pm in the Student Union, room 225. There will be a panel discussion on Arts, Media and Communication Careers, featuring individuals working in these fields. You will hear from panelists representing many areas of arts and communication from AC Entertainment, Ackermann PR, Knoxville Weekend/ Fox 43, and the Metropolitan Drug Coalition. You can explore career options, learn how to break into the industry, and hear tips from insiders on gaining experience and securing jobs. Learn more about these careers via a facilitated panel discussion and an open question and answer session.  Download a flyer with the complete 2017/2018 Career Conversations schedule.

Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week 2018

Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week for 2018 is coming up soon. UT organizations and units have teamed up with your Graduate Student Senate and the Graduate School to show our appreciation for all that our graduate students do. This year, there are many events both to celebrate graduate students and to help them in achieving their goals. These events stretch from April 2 until April 6, and we all hope you’ll come out and let us show you how much we value our graduate and professional students.

Download the Full Schedule

Graduate Student Senate Events

The Graduate Student Senate (GSS) has been working hard behind the scenes to organize events throughout the week. To start off the week, they will be having a BBQ lunch at Circle Park for graduate students to meet their senators and to meet the candidates for the 2018-2019 officers. Graduate students should be sure to bring their VolCard and join the GSS for lunch.

On the morning of April 4, the GSS Awards Breakfast will take place at the Tennessee Terrace in Neyland Stadium, starting at 8:30 a.m. This event is generously sponsored by Chancellor Davenport. Awards will be presented to outstanding graduate students and graduate student organizations, as well as faculty and staff that have been recognized by graduate students as being strong supporters.

There will be fun in the evenings, as well. Trivia Night at Soccer Taco in Market Square will begin at 7:00 p.m. on April 4. And on April 5, grab your skates for a Roller Disco at Skatetown, starting at 8:00 p.m.

If you have any questions about these events, contact the Graduate Student Senate at or visit them at

During the Week

One of the ways we support our graduate students is to give them resources for their professional development. The Center for Career Development is hosting a workshop and mixer on networking the evening of April 2. The UT Libraries have opportunities to get a professional photo taken, improve your presentations, and help navigate the publication process. And the GSS and the Center for Career Development are hosting a Smokey’s Closet Pop-up Shop to offer free professional clothes.

To help with teaching, Teaching and Learning Innovation will be providing opportunities to learn more about CIRTL and improve your teaching philosophy and diversity statements. Register for this event at Teaching and Learning Innovation.

Many of us want you to take a moment to take care of yourself. The UT Libraries will be hosting a Massage Day at Hodges Library in Room 213. Drop by anytime between 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on April 2! The Counseling Center will be offering a workshop on mindfulness, and the Center for Health Education and Wellness will be hosting a “Lunch and Learn” on consent. And Veteran Student Services will have HABIT animals at the Veterans Resource Center (G020 Hodges Library).

The Multicultural Graduate Student OrganizationInternational House, and the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling are all offering engaging events such as a dissertation workshop, an international coffeehouse and a “Let’s Talk Qual” evening.

And for Vol Baseball fans, tickets to the April 3rd baseball game are available to graduate students on a first-come-first-serve basis for seats in the patio area. Register with the Graduate School to reserve your tickets!

The Three Minute Thesis Final Competition

The week will be capped off by the 3-Minute Thesis Finals Competition, where twelve finalists will talk about their research using a single slide with only three minutes to present. They will be judged on content and how well they engage the audience. These twelve presenters are the winners of three tough semi-final competitions, where 34 graduate students took up this challenge. It takes courage and skill to compete, so come out on April 6 from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. in Hollingsworth Auditorium to support these presenters.

As you can see, there’s a lot for everyone the week of April 2-6. Check out the full schedule, and keep your eyes and ears open for other events that may pop up during that week. Share what you see and hear on social media using #UTGPSAW2018.

Excelling At Your First Year on the Job

I can kick back and relax now that I have a job lined up, right? Wrong! You need to think about setting goals, being a great employee, and building your professional network and brand. The Center for Career Development continues the Life Skills Series, this time to explore how you can excel your first year on the job and set yourself up for continued success. This session, “Excelling the 1st Year on the Job,” will be held in the Center for Career Development Room 229 on March 21, from 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.

Online Career Conference for PhDs

Beyond the Professoriate is hosting its 5th Annual Online Career Conference for PhDs on May 5th and May 12th. This conference is offered online through Zoom, so there’s no travel necessary. And you’ll be able to view the sessions online after the event is over. This event is designed for anyone interested in learning about the wide array of career options for PhDs, beyond the academic job search. Register before April 14th to get the “early bird” rate.

Graduate Assistant Position in the International House

The International House is hiring a graduate student to begin work during July 2018. Applicants should have experience in the following: developing and implementing programs, supervising others, leading discussions/teaching, working with budgets, etc. The I-House engages and educates students about the world and their responsibilities and opportunities as global citizens. In addition, the International House is a central gathering place for the university’s international student population. Graduate Assistants keep the International House functioning on a daily basis. They not only help manage the facility 5 days a week but they also serve as hosts to students from all over the world who come to the University of Tennessee. Deadline for applications is March 28, and you can apply online.

The flagship campus of the University of Tennessee System and partner in the Tennessee Transfer Pathway.

Report an accessibility barrier