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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

Center for Student Engagement Seeks GRA for Graphic Design and Marketing

The Center for Student Engagement is seeking applications for a graduate assistant to assist with graphic design and marketing. This position will be responsible for the design and execution of campus-wide marketing plans for the Center for Student Engagement, including design of all office advertising and publications, as well as those requested for by the committees of the Campus Events Board, the Organization Resource Group, and All Campus Events. The position will also be responsible for consulting with student leaders about potential designs,creating media kits for large scale events and programs, and managing the CSE website and assisting with social media. Get more information about the position, or contact Ashleigh Moyer ( with questions.

Department of Energy Accepting Applications for Program with Graduate Student Opportunities at National Labs

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science is now accepting applications for the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program. The SCGSR program provides doctoral dissertation/thesis research opportunities for graduate students at DOE national laboratories.

Applications in four new areas of microelectronics, data science, fundamental symmetries, and accelerator sciences are strongly encouraged. Applications are due by May 6, 2020 by 5:00 p.m. Visit for details about the program, research areas, and the online application.

Graves Business Plan Competition Offers Experience to Entrepreneurs

If you’re a master’s student considering starting your own business, or are already in the early stages of start-up, the Graves Business Plan Competition is a great opportunity. By participating in the competition, one can get help in building a business plan, get experience by pitching a concept, met other student entrepreneurs, and possibly win capital for the business. There are prizes up to $5,000 awarded in two categories to first, second and third place competitors.

The deadline is March 5, so visit to learn more about eligibility and apply!

Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life Seeking House Director

The Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life is currently seeking individuals interested in serving as a live-in House Director for several fraternity on-campus residences.  Working in collaboration with university staff, local Housing Corporation Boards and Inter/National Fraternity Headquarters, House Directors are an important partner in providing oversight to the residential facility, offering mentorship and guidance, and ensuring the health and safety of all residents.

Get more information about responsibilities, qualifications and benefits. Interested candidates may send resume and contact information to Jennifer Pierce, Assistant Director of Sorority and Fraternity Life at

Internship Opportunity at the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics for Master’s Students

ORAU (Oak Ridge Associated Universities) wants to let master’s students know about an internship opportunity with the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES), part of the National Science Foundation (NSF). NCSES is the world’s premier source for data and information on the science and engineering enterprise. The center is one of only thirteen principal statistical agencies in the U.S. federal government.

This internship is for participants in a wide variety of fields including, but not limited to: business management, communications and graphic design, computer sciences, economics, marketing, mathematics and statistics, and survey methodology. Both independently, and as part of a team effort, you may have the opportunity to conduct analysis of key trends and patterns, and to visualize and present the findings in novel and informative ways. You will also have opportunities to collaborate with some of the world’s leading experts on the science and engineering enterprise and in fields such as statistics, survey methodology, and economics.

For more information on this opportunity, contact (please include reference code NSF-NCSES-2019-0002), or apply online at Internships are expected to be granted beginning in February.