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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

Graduate School Seeking Graduate Research Assistant

The Graduate School is currently seeking a Graduate Research Assistant to assist with the Graduate School’s recruitment and communications initiatives. This position begins in mid-June 2019 and provides an annual stipend in addition to a tuition waiver for fall and spring semesters. This is a 12-month contract position with possibilities for renewal pending satisfactory performance. The primary focus of this assistantship will be to provide support for the Associate Dean of the Graduate School and the Communications Manager in tasks related to recruitment and communication. Get more information about the position and how to apply.

ORE and Tickle College Host a Workshop on Responsible Conduct of Research

The Office of Research and Engagement and the Tickle College of Engineering have partnered to host a Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) awareness workshop on May 14, 2019, in the Toyota Auditorium at the Howard H. Baker Jr Center for Public Policy. Several funding agencies require mandatory training in RCR. ORE is in the process of revising policies and procedures to make RCR training mandatory for all funded investigators and their research teams. This workshop will help meet these mandatory requirements. Lunch will be provided.

The workshop will include guest speaker Tiffany McKerahan who works in Author Engagement and Support from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, who will address the current expectations associated with authorship, citation, and publication practices.

ORE asks that you register by May 9, 2019 for the workshop. Please contact Sarah Pruett (865-974-9918, with any questions.

Office of Undergraduate Research Looking for a Graduate Teaching Assistant

The Office of Undergraduate Research is searching for a graduate teaching assistant to be responsible for assisting with the coordination, implementation, and assessment of student activities and programming within undergraduate research. Students from any program, department, or college may apply; however, preference will be given to students pursuing a master’s degree in college student personnel or a PhD in higher education administration. Get more information about this position and how to apply.

GRA Position Available in the Hewezi Lab in the Department of Plant Sciences

A NIFA-funded PhD assistantship in Plant Molecular Biology is available in at the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Tennessee in Knoxville. As a member of the Hewezi Lab, the PhD student will investigate the role of soybean protein kinases in regulating interactions leading to compatibility between the soybean plant and soybean cyst nematodes. The position is available starting fall 2019. Applications received before May 15, 2019 will receive full consideration. The position will remain open until filled. Contact Tarek Hawezi, PhD, with any questions at Get more information about this position and how to apply.

College of Education, Health and Human Sciences Searching to Fill GRA Position

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Dean’s Office is looking for a Graduate Research Assistant to provide support to the administrative assistant for Academic & Faculty Affairs. This is a 12-month position to begin August 1, 2019. The successful candidate needs to be detail-oriented; have strong problem-solving skills and effective organizational and analytical skills; proficient with spreadsheets and databases; able to compile data and generate reports; strong written and verbal communication skills; and have the complete understanding of the need and capability to maintain confidentiality. Please send a cover letter, current CV/resume and two work or academic references to Kayla Jones, Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Get more information about this position.