USOC: Finding Leaders Among Minorities Everywhere (FLAME) program

The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) is hosting the Finding Leaders Among Minorities Everywhere (FLAME) program at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center from May 27–June 3, 2019. The U.S. Olympic Committee Diversity & Inclusion department describes the program:

FLAME (Finding Leaders Among Minorities Everywhere) works to expose undergraduate and graduate students of color to the Olympic and Paralympic movement while preparing them for careers in the sport industry. The program offers students an eight-day interactive curriculum with the opportunity to ignite their professional development, spark new aspirations and catalyze their careers while hearing from dynamic speakers, including Olympians, Paralympians, and other industry leaders.

The application for the program is to be available in December, and you can find out more about the program and sign up for updates.

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University of West Alabama: 8th Annual Research Symposium

On March 5, the University of West Alabama in Livingston, AL, is holding its 8th Annual Research Symposium. It is an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to present their research experiences to a larger audience. The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2019, and there is more information on at the UWA website (


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RSVP for the Fall 2018 Graduate Hooding Ceremony

Just a reminder that November 30 is the deadline for students to RSVP for the Fall 2018 Graduate Hooding Ceremony. Anyone wishing to participate should go to and submit their RSVP.

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GSS: It is going to get ugly!

As the semester draws to a close, we need one more reason to celebrate! The Graduate Student Senate (GSS) is hosting an Ugly Sweater Party at LiterBoard on Tuesday, November 27 at 7 pm! Food and soda will be provided. In addition, there will be a prize for the ugliest sweater! RSVP here:

Food and sodas provided.

Public parking available in Lake Avenue Garage.

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Admission to Candidacy

Your Admission to Candidacy form requires the signatures of all committee members and the department’s Director of Graduate Studies (DGS, currently Lars Dzikus). Please make sure to mind the following:

  • Fill out the form and sign it yourself.
  • Collect the signature of your advisor/major professor first.
  • Collect the signatures of other committee members next.
  • Drop off the form in Lars’ mailbox. Please put the form in a closed envelope when you do so. Keep in mind, the form contains private information that is protected by FERPA (e.g, your student ID number and grades).
  • You will receive an email with instructions when and where you can pick up the form.
  • It will be your responsibility to pick up the form and take it to the Graduate School (111 Student Services Building, Knoxville, TN 37996-0211; Phone: (865) 974-2475) by the posted deadline (see: If you have not been to the Graduate School before, make sure to schedule a little extra time, as the it can be difficult to find.
  • If you are a PhD student, also note that you will also have your committee members fill out the PhD Committee form, which requires the Department Head’s signature: 
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Professional Development

Good Afternoon,

            The Graduate School, in conjunction with the Graduate Student Senate (GSS), is piloting a program to support students who need financial support for professional development opportunities.  If you have graduate students who are hoping to travel for professional development (i.e., workshop or other training), this is an opportunity, in addition to the regular GSS funding, to receive financial help.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  They may be submitted at any time, however, due to the nature of the source of funding, all travel must be completed by May 31, 2019 in order to be considered.  Applications will be accepted and awarded until all funds have been allocated. 

            Please have your students access this link for more information and application.  Students must be signed into their UT Google account to access the application.  They must complete the signature page before beginning the application as they will need to upload a PDF of the completed signature page as part of their application. 

Thank you.

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Graduate Student Senate (GSS) Travel Fund

The Graduate Student Senate (GSS) Travel Fund applications for travel January 1, 2019 through April 30, 2019 are due in Danielle Johnson’s office, 323 HPER by Tuesday, November 13, 2018.  This is to allow Dr. Bassett time to review the travel before submitting to the College and Graduate School.  Please make sure to obtain the advisor signature before submitting to Danielle. She will obtain the department head signature and submit to the College on your behalf. Signature pages must be original.  The entire GSS application (including your abstract and acceptance letter) must be turned in to Danielle along with theCollege travel funding request forms.

Please do not take items directly to Dr. Bassett. They need to go through Danielle first to check for accuracy and funding availability. She will obtain all necessary signatures.

*Applications turned after the deadline will not be considered.*

Application and information can be found at The college form can be found at:


*If you are a GTA, you will also need to complete a class coverage form. (attached)


Let Danielle ( know if you have questions.



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