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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

Lunch and Workshop on Active Learning in the STEM Classroom

Teaching & Learning Innovation and the ASCEND Program, in collaboration with Bhavya Sharma, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry, are pleased to announce a lunch and workshop event that will highlight active learning in the STEM classroom! Open to faculty, staff, and graduate students, join them for a FREE 1-hour lunch to discuss the challenges and successes of active learning. The lunch will then carry over into a 1.5 hour workshop on facilitating active learning within the STEM classroom. Lunch and the workshop will be led by Indiana University’s senior lecturer of Chemistry, Jill Robinson. Registration is required to attend either or both the lunch and workshop.

  • Lunch: Discussion of Challenges of Successes of Active Learning
    • February 11, 2020 | Student Union 270 | 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Workshop: Facilitating Active Learning in the STEM Classroom
    • February 11, 2020 | Student Union 262B/C | 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Register and learn more here

For all event questions, please reach out to tli@utk.edu.

Poster Design Workshop Part of What’s Your Work About Series

Whether you’ve already presented at a poster session at a conference, or expect to in the future, join us on January 28 from 5–6:30 p.m. in Hodges 128 for the second session in the What’s Your Work About? series: Designing a Research Poster.

This workshop, sponsored by GPSPD partners (Judith Anderson Herbert Writing Center, the UT Libraries, and the Graduate School), is designed to provide introductory information for individuals designing research posters. Participants will explore poster design concepts, research poster elements, software available for poster design, and campus resources to support poster design and printing.

Register at workshop.utk.edu.

GTA@OIT Grant Program is Accepting Proposals

Are you looking to rework a course for online delivery? Graduate Teaching Assistants or Associates within an academic department at UT may be eligible to apply for the GTA@OIT grant program. This program provides an award of $1,000 which can be used for travel or professional development purposes. You will also get assistance from OIT in redesigning a course or course component for web-based delivery in Online@UT (Canvas).

To submit your proposal, visit the call for proposals for all the details. Submissions are due by Friday, January 31, 2020. 

W. K. McClure Scholarship for the Study of World Affairs is Accepting New Applications

The W. K. McClure Scholarship is awarding up to $5,000 for “international projects aimed at enhancing and promoting education for world responsibility through legal, cultural, political, economic, social and scientific studies.” The deadline for applications is March 4, 2020 and the scholarship is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. The funding is eligible for use between May 12, 2020 and May 11, 2021.

For more information and to apply, visit volsabroad.utk.edu/?go=mcclure or contact Brittany Davidson at bcoats2@utk.edu.

Deadline for Student/Faculty Research Awards on January 21

In order to be considered for the spring 2020 Student/Faculty Research Awards, applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm on January 21. Grants up to $5,000 will be awarded to student/faculty pairs who submit proposals for funds to support research or creative projects. To see examples of funded projects, read about the fall 2019 recipients. If you have any questions about the program, please contact Catherine Cox at cathcox@utk.edu.