Current Students News

Partnerships Series Concludes with VolsTeach

VolsTeach targets undergraduate math, science, and engineering majors who are interested in expanding their professional skills and exploring a career in secondary teaching.

Students’ Research to Potentially Become Cherokee Biographies for Children

Julie Reed featured

A group of UT students spent this fall delving into the lives of Cherokees who called East Tennessee home in the 1800s, before they were forcibly removed and relocated west of the Mississippi River. The students’ research and recovery of the lost stories of Cherokee people could be translated into the Cherokee language and become children’s books.

Grad Determined to Help Drug-Addicted Pregnant Women in East Tennessee

(Photography/Shawn Millsaps)

Their cries are soul-piercing. Their bodies writhe uncontrollably. Their addiction to drugs is passed on to them by their mothers. The disease is called neonatal abstinence syndrome, and physician and soon-to-be UT graduate Geogy Thomas is determined to help pregnant women in East Tennessee detox.

Fall Commencement Activities Begin Thursday

Graduation cap

The Graduate Hooding ceremony kicks off commencement activities at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in Thompson-Boling Arena. The undergraduate commencement ceremony is at 9:00 a.m. Friday. Both ceremonies will be webcast online. More than 2,300 students will graduate this fall—1,795 undergraduates and 568 graduate and professional program students.

WBIR: Salamanders: Exploring a small species of the Smokies


WBIR-TV Channel 10 highlighted UT graduate student Todd Pierson in a story about species of salamanders in the Smokies. The national park is home to thirty different species, making it informally the Salamander Capital of the World, according to the news outlet.