W. K. McClure Scholarship for the Study of World Affairs

The Center for Global Engagement is pleased to announce that applications for the W. K. McClure Scholarship for the Study of World Affairs are open. The scholarship offers UTK undergraduate and graduate students financial awards of up to $5,000 to support research and creative projects abroad aimed at enhancing and promoting education for world responsibility.

Thank you very much. Have a wonderful day!

Brittany (Coats) Davidson

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Center for Global Engagement
1620 Melrose Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37996


Big Orange. Big Ideas.

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Can you guess? The No. 1 ‘soft skill’ you need to compete in today’s job market

Check out the five most in-demand soft skills in the job market. This article tells you what they are and how you can work on them.

Do you have what it takes?



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2020 Graduate Student Research Colloquium (extended deadline)

Deadline extension:

Abstracts should be a maximum of 350 words and submitted electronically by 5:00 PM on January 22, 2020.

Click here for more information and to submit your abstract.

The Dean’s Graduate Student Advisory Board will host the 2020 Graduate Student Research Colloquium on Wednesday, March 11, from 12:00-5:00, in the Student Union. The colloquium provides graduate students with an opportunity to present their research in a conference setting. Students receive feedback from faculty and other graduate students in attendance and have an opportunity to practice their presentation skills. Selection to take part in the Graduate Student Research Colloquium makes a wonderful entry on student résumés and curriculum vitae. All graduate students in the college are encouraged to submit abstracts for consideration of oral presentations and poster sessions at this year’s colloquium.

Click here for more information and to submit your abstract.

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3MT competition

Hello Graduate Students,

In 2017, CEHHS graduate student,  Vincent Price, won the 3MT competition. It’s time to bring back the 3MT award home. Meet with your advisor and discuss entering 3MT.

Another Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition will occur in 2020. The 3MT challenges masters and doctoral students to present a compelling talk on their Thesis/Dissertation topic and its significance. Many theses and dissertations can be over 80,000 words and take hours to present, but students in this competition have just three minutes and one slide to convey their often highly-technical research to a lay audience.  Judging criteria is focused on two core competencies:

  • Comprehension & Content: did the presentation help the audience understand the research?
  • Engagement: did the oration make the audience want to know more?

All participants who are preparing a master’s thesis, doctoral dissertation, or who play a major role in research-based projects (including case studies) are eligible to apply and be selected to participate in the 3MT presentations.


  • A single static image or slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description, the slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration).
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations are to commence from the stage.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech.

Interested students need to apply to the college first before potentially moving on to the semi-finals.  If you would like to apply, send your name and title of your 3MT to Hollie Raynor,hraynor@utk.edu, by 1/21/2020.  Applicants will be scheduled to present on 1/29/2020 between 10am and 1pm.  From the presentation, applicants will be selected to move on to the semi-finals.  All individuals who compete in the 3MT final will receive a monetary award.

To view last year’s 3MT finals http://mediasite.utk.edu/UTK/Play/fc2e4900327b4606b9bbd5419017a7cf1d

Hollie Raynor, PhD, RD, LDN


Interim Assistant Dean of Research

College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences

University of Tennessee

1215 Cumberland Ave

229 JHB

Knoxville, TN 37996



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Global Catalyst Student International Travel Grants 2020

The Center for Global Engagement announces funding for Global Catalyst International Travel Grants for Students. These funds will support both undergraduate and graduate students’ travel for the purpose of attending an internationally-based conference or workshop. These grants can also be used to support UT students’ international research. Students from either the University of Tennessee’s Knoxville campus or the Institute of Agriculture may apply.

Applications must be submitted through globalgrants.utk.edu/stutravel


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Graduate Assistantships

The Shekoofa Lab is searching for a MS graduate research assistant to work on a Crop Physiology and Water Stress project. Graduate coursework will be taken in Knoxville after which field and controlled environment studies will be undertaken at the West TN AgResearch and Education Center in Jackson, TN. The successful applicant will design and conduct experiments that will help understand the impact of environmental change on plant-water-soil interactions on model commodity crops. Download the full position description or contact Avat Shekoofa (ashekoof@utk.edu) with any questions.

Graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) in the Engineering Fundamentals Program lead EF 151 and 152 labs, or lead EF 105 and EF 230 computer labs. GTAs are actively involved in student instruction, and need to have a desire to work with freshman engineering students. GTA assistantships are a 20 hour per week commitment. Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take and pass the OPIc. GTAs must be full time graduate students in the Tickle College of Engineering. Contact Richard Bennett (rbennet2@utk.edu) or visit their website for more information.


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A Guide to Speaking with Humans

A Guide to Speaking with Humans (Paul Sutter, January 15, 3-4:30pm) (Online/free)

You’re a scientist. You know things. You’d like to talk to people about those things. But how? Let’s explore the world of science communication together, and find how and where you can fit in best. Maybe it’s on social media. Maybe it’s blogging or vlogging. Maybe it’s talking to journalists. Maybe it’s a book or public speaking. Maybe it’s all of the above. As a bonus, we’ll discuss how to maintain a public presence without sacrificing your research!

Register at: www.aldacenter.org/aklc/webinars/guide-speaking-humans


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