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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) – led by the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowship (OURF) – has achieved a significant milestone in the university’s commitment to supporting student excellence across a diverse array of academic fields.

For the first time, UT has been recognized as a nominating institution for both the Churchill Scholarship and the Beinecke Scholarship, and will start accepting applications for each award in Fall 2024.

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The 28th annual Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement (EURēCA), led by The Office of Undergraduate Research & Fellowships (OURF) in the Division of Student Success, took place on April 23, 2024.

This year’s event, hosted in UT’s Student Union, featured 1,055 students showing 675 projects from a wide range of disciplines and methodologies.

On May 7 during a closing awards ceremony, participating colleges presented a total of 234 awards for excellence in undergraduate research and creative achievement. Eleven colleges were represented with students from over 59 departments participating.

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In the bustling halls of the College of Arts & Sciences, on the campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, there are those whose commitment to student success goes above and beyond the call of duty. Among them is Dr. Bob DuBois, a distinguished member of the Psychology department at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Dr. Bob stands out as a beacon of support and guidance for students navigating their professional paths. Thanks to his tireless advocacy for career development and collaborative spirit he is this year’s Campus Career Champion.

Nominated by Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration (CCDAE) Career Coach Diondre Brown, Dr. Bob’s commitment to empowering students and his collaborative approach exemplifies the spirit of career development and professional growth at UT Knoxville.

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University of Tennessee graduate Owen Queen has been named a 2024 Knight-Hennessy Scholar.

Among the most prestigious post-graduate fellowships in the world, Knight-Hennessy scholars are selected based on their demonstration of independence of thought, purposeful leadership, and a civic mindset. 

A May 2022 graduate of UT, Queen was a double major in computer science and mathematics where his undergraduate research spanned AI and data science in genomics, materials science, and epidemiology.

After graduating, he joined Harvard Medical School as a research associate, pioneering models for therapeutic discovery and data analysis. 

As a junior at UTK, Queen earned the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship which is regarded as the most prestigious undergraduate STEM scholarship in the United States.

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“I’m hoping we learn from each other about creative ways to implement new approaches and use the synergy of collaboration to develop more innovative approaches together.” – Robyn Brookshire, Clinical Assistant Professor, Child & Family Studies 

The new cohort of Volunteer Experience Faculty Fellows recently gathered together to gain some wisdom and insight from the 2023 cohort and to share their thoughts and excitement for what’s ahead.

The Volunteer Faculty Fellow program is comprised of faculty across the university who are interested in engaging in well-being pedagogy for students and promoting well-being constructs amongst the faculty in their departments. 

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Dr. Amber Williams was recently a guest on the “Dr. Josie and The Podcast” where she spoke about Gen Alpha, born from 2010 onwards, a cohort that is growing up in an era characterized by rapid technological advancements, globalization, and changing societal norms.

Gen Alpha’s outlook on education, shaped by their unique experiences and the world around them, offers valuable insights into the future of academia, one in which Dr. Williams explores with Dr. Josie


The highest positive career outcome in history was a hot topic in the Third Annual Career Outcomes Summit at the University of Tennessee.

“The caliber of UT students stands out leaps and bounds above other institutions.” 

– Ashlee Price, Pilot Company 

The highest positive career outcome in history, the number one skill employers look for in a candidate, and how to give UT graduates an edge were all hot topics in the Third Annual Career Outcomes Summit.

The recent gathering, held in UT’s Student Union, allows for members of the Volunteer community to come together with local employers to discuss career outcomes data from recent graduates, career readiness in the classroom, and how to prepare Volunteers for the modern workforce.  

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UT’s Undergraduate Research & Fellowships announced two undergraduate Volunteers have been named finalists for the Truman Scholarship. Summit Wright and Grace Hardin were two of 193 finalists chosen from 709 applications from 285 schools.

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UT’s Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration is preparing for one of the most exciting times on Rocky Top – job fair season!

This spring the center is hosting multiple job and internship fairs bringing in top-rated employers from across the country and collaborating on major-specific fairs being offered by colleges and programs on campus.

This semester’s largest fairs are the Spring Job Fair:

  • Day 1: Business and Government on February 20
  • Day 2: Engineering and Tech on February 21

Both events are from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. in the Student Union Pilot Company Ballroom.

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We want to show all of our students they are math people.” – Jack Ryan, math lecturer 

With a steadfast commitment to enhance scholar well-being both inside and outside the classroom, the Division of Student Success (DSS) has awarded a grant to the Department of Mathematics.

The grant allows for a redesign of the Math 119-123-125 series: college algebra, finite math, and basic calculus. Angela Gentry, Math 119 course coordinator and senior lecturer, will lead the two-year initiative.  

“This grant underscores our commitment to fostering an environment where every student can thrive academically and personally,” says Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor John Zomchick. “This investment reinforces our dedication to innovative programs that empower students on their educational journey and contribute to their overall success.” 

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