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Training & Mentorship

The Office of Graduate Training and Mentorship (OGTM) was developed to enhance and sustain a culture for academic success and professional development of graduate students. In an effort to assist graduate departments with this mission, the OGTM provides the following services:

  • Assist with coordination of recruitment and retention efforts
  • Identify and create diversity resources and initiatives that strengthen faculty mentoring and support retention of underrepresented populations in a variety of fields of study across campus
  • Collaborates with other members of the Graduate School executive staff and related offices to collect and maintain data (e.g., enrollment, graduation, surveys) for tracking and required reporting and for faculty writing grants
  • Collaborates with the Office of Research and faculty from various units across campus to coordinate training in grant development
  • Collaborates with the Office of Research and faculty from various units across campus to coordinate responsible conduct of research
  • Assist with building faculty-student collaborative research teams and interdisciplinary projects

Ernest L. Brothers, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, oversees the Office of Graduate Training and Mentorship in the Graduate School.

Funding and Training Opportunities

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.

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.

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.

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 arutenberg@utk.edu.

Fellowship for Doctoral Candidates from CAORC

The Council of American Overseas Research Centers is now accepting applications for a fellowship that may be of interest to doctoral candidates engaging in research outside the US.

The CAORC Multi-Country Research Fellowship Program supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars who have already earned their PhD. Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research. Scholars must carry out research in two or more countries outside the U.S., at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center. Approximately eight awards of up to $10,500 each will be given each year.

The deadline for submissions is January 24, 2019 and you can find out more about eligibility requirements and the application process.

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