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Safety is Important for the Graduate Hooding Ceremony

UT wants to ensure that all participants and their family and friends have a safe and enjoyable evening at the Fall 2018 Graduate Hooding Ceremony. There are security protocols that you should be aware of when planning to attend. Thompson Boling Arena has a Clear Bag Policy in effect for its events, and the hooding ceremony is no exception. In addition, there are metal detectors that will be used at the entrances. In order to help you be prepared, we have created a page with guidance on these policies. Be sure to read about what you can bring and what you shouldn’t bring, and leave yourself some extra time when arriving, so you don’t experience any delays.

Student/Faculty Research Awards Now Accepting Proposals for Spring 2019

The Student/Faculty Research Awards are now accepting proposals for spring 2019. These awards provide grants up to $5,000 to student/faculty pairs who submit proposals for funds to support research or creative projects. The funds may be used to purchase supplies needed for research; for travel to work in other laboratories, libraries, or archives; for specialized training or in a variety of other ways, so long as the outcome will be the professional development of the graduate student and the advancement of an identified research/creative agenda for both the student and faculty member.

The deadline for these applications is January 22. Read more about the requirements of the proposal and how to submit and then start getting your materials together.

Finding Leaders Among Minorities Everywhere (FLAME) Program in May and June 2019

The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) is hosting the Finding Leaders Among Minorities Everywhere (FLAME) program at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center from May 27–June 3, 2019. The U.S. Olympic Committee Diversity & Inclusion department describes the program:

FLAME (Finding Leaders Among Minorities Everywhere) works to expose undergraduate and graduate students of color to the Olympic and Paralympic movement while preparing them for careers in the sport industry. The program offers students an eight-day interactive curriculum with the opportunity to ignite their professional development, spark new aspirations and catalyze their careers while hearing from dynamic speakers, including Olympians, Paralympians, and other industry leaders.

The application for the program is to be available in December, and you can find out more about the program and sign up for updates.

Deadline Approaching for NAGAP Graduate Student Research Grant

Just a reminder that NAGAP, the Association for Graduate Enrollment Management, has a Graduate Student Research Grant program for researchers working in areas such as alumni outreach, student retention, recruitment, and underrepresented student experiences.

The committee will select up to two grant awards ($2500 each), as well as two honorable mention awards ($1000 each). Winners of grant awards will not only get the grant, but registration, travel, and hotel costs to present their research projects at the 2020 Annual Conference in Orlando.

The deadline for applications is December 12, 2018. Find out more about the grant and the application process.

Hannah Brown Brings Her Voice to the Fall 2018 Graduate Hooding Ceremony

The Graduate School is pleased to have one of UT’s students serve as soloist during the Fall 2018 Graduate Hooding Ceremony. Soloists perform the National Anthem and to lead the gathered graduates and their friends and family in the Alma Mater. There is a lot of talent here at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and the soloist for the upcoming ceremony is certainly no exception.

A soprano from Knoxville, Hannah Amelia Brown will graduate from UT this December with degrees in music education and vocal performance. She studies with Marjorie Bennett Stephens. Hannah has competed and placed in various local and regional vocal competitions, including regional and national rounds of the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition.

During her time at UT, she has participated in VolOpera and the University of Tennessee Opera Theatre program, performing both on the stage and off through stage management. She has also enjoyed being involved in community theatre with companies in the Knoxville area. Some of her undergraduate roles include the Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods, Hope Harcourt in Anything Goes, Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, and Cosette in Les Misérables. Hannah is a proud member of the University of Tennessee Chamber Singers and the Sequoyah Hills Chancel Choir. Additionally, Hannah spent three years as a UT School of Music student ambassador, assisting potential students as they transition into college.

Hannah has been honored to student teach under Mrs. Jean Burkhart at Seymour High School and Mrs. Lisa Bitzas at Seymour Junior High School this semester, and learn from the incredibly talented students in their music programs. After graduation, Hannah plans to attend graduate school to obtain her master’s degree in choral conducting.

Call for Abstracts Now Open for the 5th Annual Women in STEM Research Symposium

On March 26–27, 2019, Pipeline: Vols for Women in STEM is going to be hosting their 5th Annual Women in STEM Research Symposium. This is a great opportunity to promote and support the research being done here at UT by women, so be sure to put it on your calendars. If you’d like to submit an abstract for an oral presentation or poster, they are now taking submissions. Visit the symposium website to find out more about the event and submit your abstract.

Fall 2018 Graduate Hooding Ceremony Features Suresh Poudel

On December 13, Suresh Poudel will be the featured speaker at the Fall 2018 Graduate Hooding Ceremony. His exceptional journey has taken him from Nepal to Norway to Tennessee, and we are looking forward to hearing him speak to our graduates. You are encouraged to read Poudel’s bio and get a sampling of his story.

While you’re there, be sure to look over the rest of the Graduate Hooding Ceremony pages, especially if you’re planning to participate in the ceremony.

Graduate Business Programs Open House

If you’re considering a graduate degree in business, the Haslam College of Business is hosting an open house for their graduate business programs. The following programs will have representatives at the event:

  • Full-Time MBA
  • Master of Accountancy (MAcc)
  • MS in Business Analytics
  • MS in Global Supply Chain Management
  • MS in Management and Human Resources.

These representatives will discuss the curriculum, admissions processes, financial aid, and career development. The open house is on Wednesday, November 28 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will be administering awards on behalf of the Ford Foundation. The Ford Foundation:

seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university facilities by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

The three fellowships being offered all have deadlines coming up in early December:

Use the links above to download program announcements, which include eligibility requirements and application instructions. If you are interested in applying, notify Alan Rutenberg at

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