Graduate School News

Faculty Members Represent UT in Leadership Knoxville

Two UT faculty members are representing the university in Leadership Knoxville’s Class of 2014. Ernest Brothers, assistant dean of the Graduate School, and Victoria Niederhauser, professor and dean of the College of Nursing, are two of the forty-eight area leaders in this year’s class of accomplished professionals from an array of backgrounds. This is the thirtieth year of Leadership Knoxville, whose mission is to “…build a stronger Knoxville by developing people and groups, leading to a greater community.”

Honorary Degrees, Notable Speakers Highlight Spring Commencements

UT will award two honorary degrees and welcome a host of accomplished speakers at this spring’s commencement ceremonies, which begin May 8. Honorary degrees will be awarded to renowned journalist John Seigenthaler at the College of Law commencement and to opera singer Mary Costa, known as the voice of Sleeping Beauty, at the College of Arts and Sciences commencement. More than 3,730 undergraduate and graduate students will receive degrees at thirteen college ceremonies this spring.

NIMBioS Hires Associate Director for Diversity Enhancement

Ernest Brothers

NIMBioS welcomes Ernest Brothers as associate director for diversity Enhancement, a newly created leadership role at NIMBioS. Brothers is an assistant dean in the Graduate School, overseeing the Office of Graduate Training and Mentorship.

UT Knoxville to Award More than 600 Graduate Degrees

UT Knoxville will hold its annual fall graduate hooding ceremony at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, December 8, in Thompson-Boling Arena. A total of 607 graduate students will receive advanced degrees, including eighty-nine earning the doctor of philosophy degree, two specialists in education, 496 master’s degrees, and twenty graduate certificates. In addition, students will be recognized who earned degrees in the summer 2011 term. The ceremony will be webcast live.

Family Celebrates Three Brothers’ Graduations

Commencement is an exciting time for many families of UT Knoxville students. This year, one family is experiencing that excitement threefold. The McFarland family, from Nashville, has three sons graduating within a two-day span. Brothers Matthew, Patrick, and Thomas are receiving degrees during commencement ceremonies Thursday and today.

UT Opens Office to Help with Graduate Student Recruitment, Retention

The Office of Graduate Training and Mentorship has been created to help departments campuswide recruit and retain graduate students, as well as provide them with the very best academic experience and professional development possible. Part of the Graduate School, the office opened in February 2010 under the leadership of Ernest Brothers, assistant dean.

Growing Our Graduate Education Programs

Even during challenging economic times, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is making progress on key strategic goals by adding as many as 77 new graduate assistantships and fellowships in just this past year.

UT Recognizes Graduate Student Fellowship Winners

The UT Knoxville graduate school will recognize some of its most outstanding students this week. More than 50 graduate students have received fellowships based on their research work. The students will be honored at a lunch Thursday, Oct. 1. The fellowship program promotes recruitment of excellent scholars to graduate programs.