Graduate School News

In Memoriam: Clarence Minkel


Clarence Minkel, former dean of the graduate school and a professor of geography, passed away Monday. He was eighty-six.

Five Students Win NSF Graduate Research Fellowships


Five graduate students have received National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. The recipients are Caroline Bryson, Mallory Ladd, Derek Mull, Alix Ann Pfennigwerth, and Su’ad Amatullah Yoon. The Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and provides financial support for outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions.

Commencements Feature Notable Speakers, Including Pulitzer Winner


Alumnus and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Noble Wilford will receive an honorary doctorate during this semester’s commencement ceremonies. Wilford, a 1955 journalism graduate, will receive an honorary doctorate of letters and science at the College of Communication and Information ceremony on May 7. He headlines the list of accomplished speakers at this spring’s college ceremonies, which begin May 7 and run through May 10. More than 3,800 undergraduate and graduate students will receive degrees at thirteen college ceremonies this spring.

Brothers Elected to Conference of Southern Graduate Schools Executive Committee


Ernest L. Brothers, assistant dean of the Graduate School, director of the Office of Graduate Training and Mentorship, and adjunct assistant professor in political science, was elected to a three-year term on the executive committee of the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools at the organization’s annual meeting held February 20 through 23 in San Antonio, Texas.

UT Hosts Top Nuclear Engineering Students From Across US

Some of the best and brightest undergraduate students from around the United States gathered at UT recently for the chance to meet top experts in the field of nuclear engineering. The sessions gave prospective graduate students a chance to mingle with some of the biggest names in nuclear research and energy, including Y-12, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the UCOR facilities at the East Tennessee Research Park, and the Tennessee Valley Authority, as well as with UT faculty and students.

Applications Due Monday for Graduate Teaching Certification Program

The Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center and the Graduate School have collaborated to create the Graduate Teaching Certification Program. The deadline for applying to be part of the inaugural cohort is Monday, November 25. Applicants may download the online application and submit the completed form to Potential participants will be sent a departmental recommendation form. Both the application and the recommendation form must be completed and received by 5:00 p.m. Monday.