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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.

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 2018

Important dates for registered Summer Research Scholars:

Date Event Time/Location
June 19th “Responsible Conduct in Research” Seminar/Breakfast 8:30-10:30 am; Panhellenic Multipurpose Room
June 21st Research Lab Tour TBD
June 22nd Movie/Game Night 6:00 pm; Vol Hall 6th floor
June 23rd Ijams Nature Center Visit 12:00 pm; Ijams Nature Center
June 24th Trivia 9:00 pm; Copper Cellar Cumberland Ave
June 25th Arcade/Bowling/Games 6:00 pm; Main Event Knoxville
June 26th Grad School Ice Cream Social 5:30 pm; Vol Hall 6th floor
June 27th Speaker/Presentation: Dr. Hazen 5:30 pm; Strong Hall RM 101
June 28th Geography Lab Tour 12:00pm – 1:00pm; Burchfiel Geography RM 201
June 29th Bowling 7:00 pm; Maple Hall Bowling Alley
June 30th Hiking 12:00 pm; Smokey Mountain National Park
July 3rd Mentoring/Professional Development: Dr. Ernest Brothers 9:00 am; Panhellenic Multipurpose Room
July 5th Research Lab Tour TBD
July 7th Mayfield Dairy Farm Tour 11:00 am; Mayfield Dairy Athens TN
July 11th Speaker/Presentation: Dr. Cooper 12:00-1:00 pm; Strong Hall RM 101
July 12th Research Lab Tour TBD
July 12th Sports Tournament TBD
July 13th Sports Tournament TBD
July 14th The Escape Game 12:00 pm; Pigeon Forge TN
July 15th Haunted Ghost Tour 7:00 pm; Downtown Knoxville
July 16th Speaker/Presentation: Dr. Vaidya 12:00-1:00 pm; Strong Hall RM 101
July 18th STEM Poster Symposium 10:00am – 12:00pm; Hodges Library 2nd Floor
July 19th Research Lab Tour TBD
July 19th Sports Tournament TBD
July 20th Sports Tournament TBD
July 20th Movie/Game Night 7:00 pm; Vol Hall 6th floor
July 21st Dollywood Visit 12:00 pm; Dollywood Pigeon Forge TN
July 22nd Trivia 9:00 pm; Copper Cellar Cumberland Ave
July 27th BBQ/Final Lunch 12:00 pm; Vol Hall 6th floor

Things To Do Around Knoxville:

Concerts on the square (Market Square):

  • Free concert every Thursday night 7-9 pm, May 10-June 28 hosting a variety of music genres (blues, Americana, soft rock, country)
  • Free concert every Tuesday night 8-10 pm, May 1-August 28 (Jazz)

First Friday ArtWalk (Market Square/Downtown): July 6th, free and open to the public with a free Artwalk trolley providing transportation

  • Description: Explore galleries, studios, and artist collectives; roam through shops hosting open houses and local artist exhibits; enjoy performance art and live music in the streets and a variety of venues; drop in restaurants along the way and treat yourself to drinks and great food.

Farmer’s Markets (Market Square):

  • Wednesdays 11-2 pm
  • Saturdays 9-2 pm

Big Kahuna Wing Festival (World’s Fair Park): June 16th, $20 ticket in advance, $25 at the gate. Ticket includes 25 wings of your choice


  • Pace Bike Riding: Pace Bikes: $1/30 mins. Free $5 in rides with use of referral code from a friend. Greenways provide great trails for scenery and exercise. Free $10 in rides with promo code visitknoxville


  • Copper Cellar: Sundays and Mondays 9 pm
  • Fieldhouse Social (Campus Commons): Tuesdays and Wednesdays 7 pm
  • Calhoun’s on the River: Tuesdays 7 pm
  • Drakes: Sundays and Mondays 8 pm
  • Sunspot: Sundays 7 pm
  • Scruffy City Hall: Monday 8 pm
  • Mellow Mushroom: Wednesday 8pm
  • Cool Beans Bar and Grill: Thursdays 9 pm)
  • The Half Barrel: Thursdays 9 pm


  • Bullfeathers: Monday-Thursday 10 pm; Fridays and Saturdays 8 pm
  • Asia Café: Fridays and Saturdays 8pm- 12am


  • Cool Beans Bar and Grill: Thursdays 9 pm

**Downtown parking is free after 6 pm**

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. Here is a list of programs for 2017:

Center for Ultra-wide-area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks (CURENT)

National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS)

Summer Research Institute, part of the Educational Advancement Program

Microbiology REU

Computational Science for Undergraduate Research Experiences (RECSEM) REU

Chemistry REU

Research and Instructional Strategies for Engineering Retention (RISER)

Center for Materials Processing

Intercollegiate Summer Bridge Program

College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

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.




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