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Big Orange STEM Saturday Accepting Proposals

The Big Orange STEM Saturday (BOSS) planning committee and the UT Libraries invite you to participate in their 7th annual BOSS conference at Hodges Library. BOSS is a free event presented annually by UT Libraries for middle school and high school students interested in pursuing a STEM majors and careers. The conference is scheduled for Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 9:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

They welcome your expertise and joy for the STEM fields by presenting a 30-minute session on a topic of your choice during breakout sessions. Presentations will run from approximately 10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m. and all presenters will give their session twice. Lunch is included for all presenters. This year, the theme is “From Teaching to Doing: Making STEM Hands-On.” Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • diversity in STEM
  • medicine/nutrition
  • agriculture/veterinary science
  • aerospace engineering
  • STEM career preparedness
  • student-led panels
  • developing technology
  • STEM opportunities in unexpected places
  • computer science and/or computer programming
  • Humanities and STEM (STEAM)
  • everyday STEM
  • making math fun

All STEM or STEM-related topics will be given consideration, but proposals must contain an interactive, hands-on component suitable for middle and high school students. Proposals that do not include an interactive component will not be considered.

Proposals should include the author(s) name(s), title, and a brief abstract not to exceed 100 words and separate description of an interactive activity.

Submit proposals via the submission link (proposals sent via email will not be accepted):

Submission deadline is Friday, February 2, 2017.

If you have questions, please contact Thura Mack at or 865-974-6381.

Deadline for CIRTL 2018 Courses January 22nd

The CIRTL program seeks to enhance excellence in STEM undergraduate education by aiding STEM graduate students with their teaching. The goal of CIRTL is to improve the STEM learning of all students at every college and university, and thereby to increase the diversity in STEM fields and the STEM literacy of the nation. The schedule for spring 2018 is available now, and the deadline to register for courses is January 22nd. Find out how to sign up for these CIRTL opportunities. If you have any questions, contact Ferlin McGaskey, director of faculty development, at

New Member of the Graduate School Team

Sara BradberryThe Graduate School would like to welcome Sara Bradberry, our new Assistant Dean and Director of Student Services, to the team and to UT. Bradberry comes to us from Arkansas Tech University Graduate College, where she served as Director of Graduate Support Services. She has considerable experience in counseling and advising students, recruitment, and communication. She is just completing her first week, where she has taken on a leadership role in the daily operations relating to serving our current graduate students. She will be working collaboratively with UT faculty and staff to ensure quality and unquestionable standards in graduate education, to resolve academic and policy issues facing graduate students, and to provide services that contribute to graduate student retention and success. Please give Sara Bradberry a warm Rocky Top welcome!

Career Conversations: Education Careers

The Center for Career Development would like to announce the next Career Conversations event on Wednesday, January 24, from 4-5:30 pm in the Student Union, room 225. This event will be on Education Careers, where participants can learn more about careers in K-12 education, higher education, and education related non-profits via a facilitated panel discussion and open question and answer session. Download a flyer with the complete 2017/2018 Career Conversations schedule.

Reminder: Boren Fellowships Available for Study Abroad

If you’re applying for the Boren Awards, you must complete a full draft of your Boren application materials to be reviewed by the Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships by January 12.

The Boren Awards support undergraduate and graduate students with scholarships of up to $30,000 for study abroad in world regions underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. (Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.) The current Boren application cycle will fund study abroad plans that fall between 6/1/2018 – 6/1/2019.

UT Boren applicants are strongly encouraged to work through the Office of National Scholarships & Fellowships (ONSF).

Deadlines to apply for the Boren are as follows:

  • December 4: UT Campus Pre-Application Deadline. This is a brief internal interest form to get students started with the application process.
  • January 12: UT Campus Deadline. Applicants must complete a full draft of their Boren application materials, which will be reviewed by ONSF.
  • January 30: Boren Fellowship (for graduate students) final national deadline, including letters of recommendation.

ONSF is available to assist Boren applicants throughout the process and can be reached at

Deadline Approaching For DOE CSGF Program

The 2018–2019 application for the Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) is available until January 17, 2018.

Beginning in 2018, the DOE CSGF will offer a new track for those pursuing an advanced degree in applied mathematics, statistics or computer science with research interests that help use emerging high performance systems more effectively. Students in this track will focus on issues in high-performance computing as a broad enabling technology and not on a particular science or engineering application.

Apply to the program before January 17, 2018, with supporting materials (reference letters, transcripts, etc.) also due that date.

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