Miranda Gottlieb, who graduated from UT last spring, has been named to the second class of Schwarzman Scholars, a highly competitive program that offers selected students the opportunity to earn a master’s degree in China. She is the first UT student to be selected for the program, which launched in 2015.
More than 95 recipients of the Torchbearer award—the highest student honor bestowed by the university—gathered on campus over the weekend to celebrate the 85th anniversary of the award. The reunion brought together Torchbearer recipients representing classes from 1945 to 2015.
UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy has added 14 new Baker Scholars to its program, bringing the total number to 30. “This select group of students have an academic and career interest in public policy and government,” said Nissa Dahlin-Brown, associate director of the Baker Center. “It is a unique experience for undergraduates to be able to target an issue they are passionate about; research it; and discover ideas, solutions, and unintended consequences.”
Professor Aleydis Van de Moortel, head of the Department of Classics, recognized years ago that her younger college students often struggled with one of their most common assignments: writing a research paper. To guide them through the process, she provides her students with step-by-step instruction. Here’s her advice, boiled down to eight simple steps.
The Regal Scholars program, offered for the sixth year in a row, provides one-year renewable scholarships to 10 freshmen, 10 sophomores, 10 juniors, and 10 seniors. The Knoxville-based Regal Entertainment Group’s foundation invests $100,000 each year in the program to cover tuition and room and board for 40 UT students from Knox County.
East Tennessee high school teachers, guidance counselors, and other education professionals are invited to learn ways they can better prepare students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields for the rigors of college life during Big Orange STEM Saturday for Educators on October 22. The free half-day event is hosted by UT Libraries and will be held at John C. Hodges Library, 1015 Volunteer Boulevard.
UT’s Korn Learning, Assessment, and Social Skills Center will soon accept applications for Postsecondary Autism Support Services, a new program developed to support the needs of UT students with autism spectrum disorders. The program will officially launch in fall 2017.
The 2016 Barefoot Benefit, a 5K foot race and community festival organized by students in the Haslam College of Business, is set for 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 16, in Sequoyah Hills Park. Race registration and activities begin at 12:30 p.m.
Bring an idea and start a business with the help of Vol Court, a semiannual pitch competition and speaker series hosted by UT’s Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Vol Court kicks off October 12 with a six-week entrepreneurial speaker series that culminates November 16 in a pitch competition where attendees put what they’ve learned into practice.
The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture at UT is hosting a bus tour exploring Knoxville’s Civil War cemeteries and memorials on Sunday, October 23. The bus tour will be led by McClung Museum Civil War Curator Joan Markel.