It’s finals season: the time of the semester when many students turn to all-nighters and last-minute cramming for the big tests. The Student Success Center at UT Knoxville, which provides the support students need to be successful at UT, recommends a few ways to stay focused and prepare for finals.
Recent changes to the way the federal government distributes and manages student loans will affect how UT Knoxville students receive financial aid. The changes, which recently passed into law, shift the processing of federal student loans away from private lenders and to the U.S. Department of Education.
Samuel Doty, a senior at UT Knoxville, has been selected for a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) to study Russian in Russia during the summer of 2010. Doty, of Unicoi, is majoring in psychology, French and Russian. He plans to attend graduate school in social psychology.
Haiti relief efforts are happening across the United States. However, two courageous high school seniors are crossing the U.S. for Haiti relief. Memphis University School seniors Cort Gatliff and Christian Kauffman are bike riding from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean to raise money for clean water in Haiti. Their project is called The Water Cycle. Gatliff will be a UT freshman in the fall.
As most college students prepare to hit the beach or travel to a relaxing destination for spring break, several groups of UT Knoxville students will spend their days off doing volunteer work in communities across the country. Forty-eight students will head out Saturday morning, March 6, for the TeamVOLS annual Alternative Spring Break.
The UT Knoxville Office of Undergraduate Admissions is now taking applications for its student recruiting group. Student recruiters serve a key role for the campus as the primary ambassadors for the university and connection with potential students and families during open houses, campus visits, staffing the Visitors Center and other events and programs.
UT Knoxville wants to know what students think about their university. This week, the National Survey of Student Engagement is being e-mailed to all UT Knoxville freshmen and seniors. The survey asks students about their participation in programs and activities that promote learning and personal development.
Students will get UT Knoxville jumping this week with this year’s All-Sing competition, a campus tradition of more than 75 years. The 2010 All-Sing will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, and 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, in Cox Auditorium in the Alumni Memorial Building.
UT Knoxville and ORNL have established a new Distinguished Fellowship designed to attract top graduate students in science and engineering. The first-of-its-kind program will provide students with an unparalleled opportunity to take part in cutting-edge research at both institutions and build on similar programs to attract to research faculty. Recruiting is now under way for the inaugural class of students, who will be admitted for fall 2010. The application deadline is Feb. 1, 2010.
UT Knoxville’s application deadline for incoming freshmen for the 2010-2011 academic year is Tuesday, Dec. 1. Vern Granger, director of undergraduate admissions and assistant dean of enrollment services, said applications have been coming in this year at a steady pace and that UT seeks to admit students who demonstrate the ability to succeed at UT.