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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

Lady Vols Basketball Program Looking to Hire a Graduate Assistant for Graphic Design

The Tennessee Women’s Basketball program is offering a graduate assistantship position for a creative graphic design student. They are looking for a graphic designer to facilitate and produce graphics to compliment the brand of the Tennessee Lady Vols. To apply, send resume and work samples to Jennifer Sullivan (jsulli66@utk.edu). Get the full position description, including eligibility.

1794 Scholars Program Seeking Graduate Assistant

The 1794 Scholars Program seeks to hire a graduate student to assist with program administration and event planning. This position will work closely with the program’s Assistant Director and campus partners. To be eligible, one must be a current UT graduate student in good standing, as of fall 2019, and be available for evening and weekend work. Interested students should submit a cover letter and resume to Virginia Stormer, Assistant Director, at vmurphy3@utk.edu. Interviews will be scheduled in early July with a position start date of July 29th. Get the full position description, including eligibility requirements.

Graduate Research Assistant Position in Theory and Practice in Teacher Education

Zoi Philippakos, Assistant Professor in the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education, is searching for a full time (20 hours/week) graduate assistant to work on a funded Institution of Education Sciences (IES) grant project that addresses writing and reading in community colleges. The research assistant will work on data collection, data coding, and analysis of data under the supervision of Prof. Philippakos. The graduate assistant will be trained with the rest of the research personnel, as needed. This position requires a graduate student who is highly motivated, organized, and professional. Interested students should contact Prof. Philippakos (zphilipp@utk.edu) to schedule an interview. Note: This position is only for PhD students. Master’s students are not eligible.

Deadline Approaching for Army Research Laboratory Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Army Research Laboratory Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowships are for those who are completing a doctoral degree in the physical sciences, life sciences, computational sciences, behavioral sciences, or engineering. Recipients of these fellowships are to pursue independent research of their own choosing that supports the mission of the Army Research Laboratory. Applicants must complete each section of the online application as outlined on the website instructions. Applicants must register online and ensure all application materials are submitted by the deadline of May 31, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Thesis/Dissertation Semester “Jump Start” Workshop

The Writing Center is offering a workshop for graduate students who are in the process of writing their thesis or dissertation, to help them get their work off to a productive start this summer. The workshop will provide time for planning and drafting and will offer short presentations about writing, researching, de-stressing, formatting–and more. Writing Center, UT Libraries, Student Counseling Center, and Graduate School staff will be present to provide information and one-to-one assistance. Lunch, coffee, and snacks will be provided. Space is limited to 20 participants.

The workshop will take place on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 from 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. in The Writing Center, located in HSS 212. If you’re interested, please submit a request to participate in the workshop by completing the request form by May 15.

Applicants will receive an email by May 17 to indicate whether there is an available spot for them.