Skip to content

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

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Deadlines Approaching

The GRFP supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. The program provides up to three years of graduate education support, including an annual $34,000 stipend. If you are considering applying, you should visit the NSF GRFP applicant information page. Deadlines are fast approaching for those applying for fall 2019:

  • Life Sciences, Geosciences: October 22, 2018
  • Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Engineering, Materials Research: October 23, 2018
  • Psychology, Social Sciences, STEM Education and Learning: October 25, 2018
  • Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy: October 26, 2018

All applications are due at 5:00 p.m.

UT LEAD Summer Institute Seeking Graduate Intern

The Student Success Center (SSC) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville is looking for a vibrant, people-oriented, organized individual interested in working in a team environment dedicated to student success. The SSC invites applications and nominations for a paid Graduate Internship supporting the UT LEAD Summer Institute (UTLSI) beginning in the Fall 2018 and continuing through Spring 2019. This internship has the opportunity of extending through Summer 2019. As part of the larger UT LEAD program (LEAD stands for Leadership, Excellence, Achievement, and Diversity), UTLSI promotes undergraduate success, academic excellence, and persistence to graduation.

Candidates must complete the UTLSI Graduate Intern Form and send their resume and cover letter to utlead@utk.edu. Applicants should have one professional reference submit the Professional Reference Form. All materials must be received by Friday, October 26th for full consideration. Get more information about this position.

Don’t Forget: Developing a Career Vision

In just a few days, on October 22, Jennifer Askey will lead a workshop for graduate students entitled “Developing a Career Vision” in Hodges Library 253. From 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the workshop will take you through a series of exercises that examine what makes a “good life” for you, including your ideal working conditions.

This workshop is co-sponsored by the Center for Career Development, the Graduate School, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate Student Senate, and Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures. You can register for this event on Handshake.

For more information on professional development opportunities for graduate students, please visit the GPSPD page.

Graduate School Prep Month: Essay Workshop

Planning to apply to graduate school, but you’d like to get some instruction on how to write an effective personal statement for your application? The Center for Career Development and The Writing Center are hosting a Graduate School Admissions Essay Workshop on October 23 from 4:00–5:30 p.m. in room 225 of the Center for Career Development.

Associate Dean of the Graduate School Part of Panel on Funding Graduate School

On October 9, as part of Graduate School Prep Month, our own Ernest L. Brothers, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, will take part in a panel on funding graduate school. The panel, sponsored by the Center for Career Development & the Financial Aid Office, will take place in CCD 229 from 4:00–5:30 p.m.

The flagship campus of the University of Tennessee System and partner in the Tennessee Transfer Pathway.

Report an accessibility barrier.Privacy.