Graduate School News

Drawn to a Highly Ranked Program: Grad Student’s Art Inspired by Digital Culture

Dana Potter in an art studio

Master of Fine Arts student Dana Potter grew up working beside her mother, a ceramic artist, in an arts center in her small Iowa hometown of Okoboji. “I saw her bringing people together and creating a sense of community through art,” said Potter, who will be attending UT’s highly ranked printmaking program as part of the first class of recipients of the Tennessee Fellowship for Graduate Excellence.

Father’s Illness Pushes Grad to Research Diet, Cancer Connection

Amber MacDonald grew up playing sports and thought she wanted to be a personal trainer. But her father’s terminal cancer diagnosis when she was 15 changed the course of her life forever. This week, she’s receiving her master’s degree in cellular molecular nutrition, earned in UT’s College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. MacDonald has spent the past three years researching the link between nutrition and cancer.

Poetic Justice: Graduating Veteran Finds Satisfaction, Solace in Writing Verse

As a poet and military veteran, MFA candidate Jeb Herrin has found success—and solace—drawing on his five years as a medic with the third infantry division during Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn. Herrin, who will participate in the graduate hooding ceremony on Thursday, has won awards for his poetry and had his work published several journals and an anthology. His thesis is a compilation of war poems.