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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 Assistantship in the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA)

The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA) is seeking applicants for one graduate research assistantship (50% time) to begin in August 2018. This assistantship position will focus primarily on assisting with institutional research projects, including:

  • Collecting data from online databases and university websites for peer comparisons
  • Working with analysts to gather, format, and analyze data for research projects and reports (on topics such as student retention/graduation)
  • Assisting with the creation of the University Fact Book and completion of college guides, by gathering, entering, and validating the data
  • Other departmental projects as needed

For further details on the position, OIRA, and how to apply, download the information sheet.

Graduate Students Interested in Enhancing Their Teaching Can Register for the FUEL Program

Are you a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow interested in learning more or enhancing your teaching? Join Teaching and Learning Innovation (TLI) for this summer’s “Facilitating Undergraduate Evidence-Based Learning (FUEL) in STEM” professional development seminar. This 6-module professional development seminar introduces participants to a disciplinary exploration of teaching and learning practices employed primarily in undergraduate STEM courses.

This CIRTL certified professional seminar will take place on Monday and Wednesday afternoons, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. beginning May 9–May 30, 2018 in Hodges Library, Room 213. Please register for UT CIRTL FUEL by May 2, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. If you have any questions regarding UT CIRL FUEL, please contact Dr. Ferlin McGaskey, TLI’s director of faculty development, at

Graduate Assistantship in Entomology and Plant Pathology

The University of Tennessee Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology (Hadziabdic Lab) is seeking a Ph.D. candidate to conduct laboratory and field research focused on elucidating the impact of the fungal microbiome on plant-pathogen interactions, with a focus on Thousand Cankers disease of walnuts. Successful candidate will be expected to present research findings at regional, national, or international research meetings and publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Download information on this position.

Open Access Publishing and Avoiding Predatory Journal Publishers

Whether you’re looking for journals in your field, receive a solicitation to submit work from a publisher, or are wondering which Open Access journals are trustworthy, this workshop will teach you how to investigate a journal’s reputation before you submit your work to a publisher.

The workshop/webinar will be held online via Zoom on April 12th from 2:30–3:30 p.m. The session is intended for UT faculty as well as graduate students who are, or will be, publishing in scholarly journals. Details on the Zoom meeting will be sent to registrants. To register, go to:

Job Opening for Graduate Student Worker in PiPES and ASPIRE

The PiPES and ASPIRE Programs seek to hire a Project Manager (15 hours per week) to assist with program coordination for the 2018-2019 academic year.
PiPES: Possibilities in Postsecondary Education and Science is an NIH-funded program that delivers a multi-week curriculum to increase college-going and interest in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and biomedical Sciences) for rural Appalachian youth. More information is available at ASPIRE: Appalachian Students Promoting the Integration of Research in Education is an NSF-funded program that provides financial support, mentoring, and research opportunities for rural Appalachian college students with demonstrated financial need. More information is available at Note: This position does not come with a tuition waiver and the graduate student worker may not hold a graduate assistantship or any other university position concurrent with this position. Get more information about this position and find out how to apply.

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