While Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel has already been selected as the upcoming Life of the Mind book, your input is wanted to help choose the book for 2018–19 academic year. First-Year Studies, which oversees Life of the Mind, is seeking to choose books sooner to allow more time for faculty and units
First Year Studies News
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel has been chosen as the 2017 Life of the Mind book.
The deadline to apply to be a First-Year Studies 101 instructor is February 1.
The course of US astronaut Scott Kelly’s life was changed by reading a book. So it was especially fitting that Kelly, a UT alumnus who spent an unprecedented year in space about the International Space Station, spoke to freshmen during the annual celebration of Life of the Mind, a shared reading experience that is part of First-Year Studies 100.
Scott Kelly, the US astronaut who recently returned from a record-breaking year in space, will help launch the 2016-17 academic year UT by speaking at the annual Welcome Week Life of the Mind celebration at 5:30 p.m. Monday, August 15.
First-Year Studies is seeking nearly 200 discussion leaders for the 2016 Life of the Mind program.
In the spirit of Halloween, freshmen are embracing the ghoulish holiday in a creepy, crawly way. The popular First-Year Studies course It’s a Bug’s Life, taught by entomology and plant pathology professor Jerome Grant, examines how insects have shaped our world and influenced our lives through movies, television, art, literature, and even food.
First-Year Studies is now accepting proposals for 129 Freshman Seminars to be offered during the spring 2016 semester. These seminars are designed to connect students with UT faculty through an engaging topic early in their academic career.
This week, the first nineteen students graduate from the Volunteer Bridge program, UT’s innovative dual-enrollment program with Pellissippi State Community College.
Professor Anne Smith has a good picture of how some students transition to college life at UT. For three years, she taught a First-Year Studies 129 course on photography called Capturing Your Transition to College.