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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

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.

Graduate Summer Internships Available from the Center for Sport, Peace and Society

The Center for Sport, Peace, and Society is now accepting applications for undergraduate and graduate student summer interns for 2019. Interns will be responsible for providing a wide array of support for Center projects including: assisting with research, program planning and implementation, social media and document design, and providing support to alumni of Center programs.

To be considered, applicants must:

  • be currently enrolled as a student at UT
  • be residing in Knoxville over the summer
  • be able to communicate clearly and effectively with staff and supervisors

Previous leadership experience is preferred, but is not necessary.

If you’re interested, send a CV/resume and cover letter describing your interest in working with the Center. Be sure to address your previous leadership experience and/or experience working with diverse populations in the cover letter. Further, graduate students should describe their previous research experience in the cover letter. All application materials should be sent to Carolyn Spellings ( by May 15, 2019.

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Graduate School Seeking Graduate Research Assistant

Note: This position is no longer accepting applications. 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.