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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

WomEngineers Day

The second biennial WomEngineers Day Conference will be April 22 in Knoxville. WomEngineers Day is a one-day conference where professional engineers, business partners, and faculty provide expertise on both professional and personal topics related to career and life choices. All college students are welcome to attend. Discussion will include topics of diversity and inclusion. In addition, the conference will offer a specialized track for high school students interested in engineering, including instructions and guidance from academic advisors and current engineering students here at the University of Tennessee. Registration is now open and limited to 600 participants, so don’t wait!

Workshop on Evaluating Publishers and Open Access

The UT Libraries are hosting a workshop entitled “Open Access Publishing and Predatory Journals,” led by Rachel Caldwell. Learn how to evaluate publishers, discover tools to find journals that meet good publishing standards, and discuss why publishers are adopting “open” as a method of publication. This workshop will be offered one more time this semester on March 30, from 12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m. in Hodges Library, Room 211.

Reminder: Third Session of the RCR Lunch Series

On Wednesday, the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Lunch and Learn Series will have its third session for spring 2017. This session is entitled “Tips and Tools for Collaborative Research” and will be held on March 29 from noon until 1:00 p.m. in A004 Blount Hall. As always, this series is sponsored by the Office of Research and Engagement, in collaboration with the UT Libraries and the Graduate School. Find out more about the series and register with ORE.

Intersectionality Panel Sponsored by MGSO

The Multicultural Graduate Student Organization (MGSO), in partnership with Graduate Students for Social Justice, Pipeline: Vols for Women in STEM, and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Commission for Blacks, will be hosting a panel discussion on intersectionality. The discussion, entitled “Intersectionality—Where Do I Fit In?” will take place on April 4, as part of Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week.

The event will be held in Haslam College of Business in Room 440 of the West Wing from 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. The panel includes:

A free lunch will be provided, so please come and join the discussion!

Experiential Learning Workshop Coming Up

The Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center is hosting a workshop led by Jeff Osbourne, recipient of the Council of Undergraduate Research 2016 Fellows Award. This workshop is entitled “Strategies for Integrating Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (URSCA) into the Curriculum.” URSCA, a high-impact practice benefiting students across demographic groups and academic disciplines, it is a compelling way to combine faculty interests and students’ need for substantial challenges. This workshop addresses how to integrate research into the curriculum, offering models and examples of curricular integration for discussion.

This workshop is offered two times this semester:

Interested participants are asked to register.

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