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: https://gradschool.utk.edu/graduation/graduation-deadlines/). 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: https://gradschool.utk.edu/documents/2018/08/phd-committee-form.pdf/ 
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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 https://gss.utk.edu/pdtravel/ 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 athttps://gss.utk.edu/travel-awards/information/. The college form can be found at: https://cehhs.utk.edu/for-staff/.

 

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

 

Let Danielle (dmarti59@utk.edu) know if you have questions.

 

 

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International Education Week


UT will be celebrating International Education Week next week, Nov. 12–16, and International House is promoting many events throughout the week. Here’s what International House has to say about IEW:

International Education Week (IEW) is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.  This joint initiative of the US Department of State and the US Department of Education is part of the efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.

There are events that may be of particular interest to graduate students:

But there are many other events to celebrate international education all week. Check out International House for the full schedule.

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Funding for PhD students (reserach outside of US)


The Council of American Overseas Research Centers is now accepting applications for a fellowship that may be of interest to doctoral candidates engaging in research outside the US.

“The CAORC Multi-Country Research Fellowship Program supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars who have already earned their PhD. Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research. Scholars must carry out research in two or more countries outside the U.S., at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center. Approximately eight awards of up to $10,500 each will be given each year.”

The deadline for submissions is January 24, 2019 and you can find out more about eligibility requirements and the application process.

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Call for proposals: Professional Development Summit


The Center for Career Development and the Graduate Student Senate are preparing for the Professional Development Summit scheduled for April 9, 2019. Attached is the Call for Proposals, and here’s what they have to say about the invitation:

The inaugural Professional Development Summit, hosted by the Center for Career Development and the Graduate Student Senate, will be held on April 6, 2019! This summit is designed for graduate and professional students at all stages of their academic and career journeys. We are inviting current graduate/professional students, faculty, and staff members at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville to submit proposals for educational sessions aimed at expanding graduate students’ knowledge about career options and professional development. Check out the proposal submission guidelines for more information. Applications are due December 14, 2018!”

Graduate students, faculty, and staff members at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville are invited to submit proposals for educational sessions aimed at expanding graduate students’ knowledge about career options and professional development for the inaugural university-wide Professional Development Summit , hosted by the Center for Career Development and the Graduate Student Senate!

The purpose of this half-day summit is to provide a variety of educational sessions that will speak to the professional development needs of graduate and professional students at all stages in their academic journeys. You must be a current graduate or professional student, faculty or staff member at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville to apply.

Proposal Guidelines

The proposal application must include the following:

  • Presenter(s) Information
  •  Title & Abstract
  •   Topic
  • Target Audience
  •  CV
  •  A narrative (maximum 1 single-spaced page) that includes the following information:

o Format of proposed 30-minute presentation (examples include, but are not limited to: talks, facilitated discussion, panels and interactive workshops).

o Learning objectives
o Summary of chosen topic o Activities

Preference will be given to submissions that are applicable to a wide audience; however proposals that relate to specific stages or programs will be considered.

How to Submit a Proposal

Please fill out the proposal form and submit all additional documentation requested. You can access theproposal application at https://tiny.utk.edu/PDSummit2019. Proposals are due no later than December 14, 2018 at 11:59pm . Presenters will receive notification on the status of their submission no later than February 1 , 2019 .
If you have questions regarding this opportunity, please contact Elise Fles at efles@vols.utk.edu .

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Funding: Professional Development


If you’re a graduate student and you are hoping to travel for a professional development opportunity, like a workshop or other training, the Graduate Student Senate and the Graduate School would like to help. The GSS Professional Development Travel Awards are a pilot program to support students needing financial support for professional development opportunities. Find out more about the awards and the application process or contact gsspdtravel@utk.edu.

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