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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

NEXUS Conference Accepting Proposals for March 2020

NEXUS is a biennial, interdisciplinary conference hosted by the graduate students in the University of Tennessee’s English department. In 2020, the theme of NEXUS is “Threshold(s).” Through this theme, the organizers hope to foster conversations within and among scholarly communities about the transformative concepts, experiences, spaces, and texts that connect us to each other and to our work in particular disciplines.

The deadline for proposals for this March conference is December 6. It is a great opportunity to show your research to other scholars. Graduate students and faculty alike are invited to submit proposals, so take advantage! Visit for more details.

Two More IRB 101 Sessions Available for Fall 2019

You might think that you won’t ever need to get IRB approval for the research you’re planning. You might be surprised. Wouldn’t it be better to be prepared? Register for an IRB 101 session on November 13 or December 3 and find out if you need to get IRB approval, and how to go about it.

Training Sessions Available for Research Evaluation Tool

The University of Tennessee has scheduled four training sessions for InCites, an online research analytics and evaluation tool. InCites is a research evaluation platform that allows for in-depth analysis of trends and citation patterns of the publication activity data. Visit the Office of Research and Engagement to learn more about InCites and register for a session.

Working with Water Power Technologies? Consider the Marine and Hydrokinetics Graduate Student Research Program

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE), Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) conducts early-stage research and development (R&D) to strengthen the body of scientific and engineering knowledge supporting industry efforts to develop new technologies that increase U.S. hydropower and marine and hydrokinetics (MHK) generation. Marine and hydrokinetic technologies convert the energy of waves, tides, and river and ocean currents into electricity and have the potential to provide millions of Americans with locally sources, clean, and reliable energy. The Marine and Hydrokinetics (MHK) Graduate Student Research Program is designed to provide graduate thesis research opportunities in marine and hydrokinetics at DOE laboratories and other DOE/WPTO-approved facilities. Deadline for the 2020-2021 cycle is December 9, 2019.

ORISE Accepting Applications for Fusion Energy Sciences Postdoctoral Research Program

The Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) Postdoctoral Research Program offers recent doctoral degree recipients the opportunity to conduct research in DOE’s fusion energy research and development programs. Participants acquire experience and training in areas of fusion energy science, interact with outstanding scientists and engineers, and have access to advanced equipment and facilities. Appointments are made to designated DOE laboratories, universities, and contractor fusion energy centers. Deadline for the 2020-2021 cycle is December 16, 2019.