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Summer Research at UT

Summertime in Knoxville can be a time when students leave campus for part-time jobs or some fun in the sun. Don’t overlook the opportunities that staying on campus and conducting research can present. This page has information for students who have already found a position and those still looking.

Summer Research Internship Program at UTK
The Office of Undergraduate Research funds over 40 undergraduate students to conduct summer undergraduate research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Students can read more about this program and the application deadlines here.

SURGE Program
The Summer Undergraduate Research Group Experience (SURGE) is an eight week summer research experience designed to engage freshmen and sophomore students in faculty mentored research during the summer months. Read more about SURGE and the application deadlines.

Already have an undergraduate research position on-campus this summer? (It can be volunteer, paid, or for academic credit.) Register with our office to learn about social and professional development opportunities.  All UTK students and those visiting from other schools engaged in undergraduate research activities and creative works are eligible to become Research Scholars — regardless of funding source or formal program affiliation. Register and become a Summer Research Scholar now!


Summer Programs Calendar 2019

Summer Dates

Planned Summer 2019 Events



June 3, 11-1pm Welcome Luncheon and Stadium Tour Lauricella Room, Neyland Stadium
June 11, 9-10am Cross-Cultural Mentoring Seminar Mossman 102 Dr. Ernest Brothers, Associate Dean, The Graduate School
June 13, 5-6pm House Cup Challenge Vol Hall
June 15, 2pm & 3pm Planetarium Visit Nielsen Physics Building
June 25, 9-11am Responsible Conduct of Research Seminar Mossman 102 Dr. Sarah Pruett, Research Integrity Compliance & Dr. Holly Mercer, Associate Dean for Scholarly Communication & Research Services
June 27, 9-10am How to Create an Effective Research Poster Seminar Mossman 102 Dr. Virginia Stormer, Assistant Director, Honors & Scholars
June 29, all day Dollywood Day Pigeon Forge, TN
July 2, all day ORNL Tour Oak Ridge National Lab, Oak Ridge, TN  
July 9, 9-10am Graduate School Applications and Funding Seminar Mossman 102 Dr. Ernest Brothers, Associate Dean, The Graduate School
July 11, 6-7pm Graduate School Ice Cream Social Vol Hall
July 16, 9-10am How to apply for the NSF GRFP Seminar Mossman 102 Dr. Andrew Seidler, Director, Office of National Scholarships & Fellowships
July 18, 5-6pm House Cup Challenge TBD
July 23, 10-12pm Poster Session Mossman Atrium


To Do Around Knoxville:



UT campus is located blocks from downtown Knoxville. Check out what’s going on close by. Parking is FREE on nights and weekends.



Knoxville is an outdoor city! Here are some of the ways you can explore.


Nearby Attractions

We’re located minutes from some of the southeast’s biggest attractions.

  • Gatlinburg – A mountain town and gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains. Nightlife, food, entertainment, and more
  • Sevierville/Pigeon Forge – Shopping, Stage Shows, Outlet Malls, Go-Karts, Laser Tag, pancake houses and more
  • Dollywood – Amusement Park near the Great Smoky Mountains


Other activities


Public Transportation



Additional Summer Research Programs at UT

These are organized programs offering multiple students the opportunity to conduct research, typically funding through a federal or state grant. Some programs are open to non-UT students too.

Click here to view a full list. 

Individual Faculty Programs at UT

Many faculty sponsor summer research assistants through their own funds or existing grants. UT students look in the EXPLORE! database. Non-UT students can contact faculty directly to gauge their interest.

External Opportunities (non-UT)

View our external opportunities page.