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.
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
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.
- Market Square
- Old City
Knoxville is an outdoor city! Here are some of the ways you can explore.
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park
- Ijams Nature Center
- Urban Wilderness
- Outdoors Knoxville (resource for all things outdoors)
- Pace Bike Rentals
- Climbing, paddling, cycling
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
- Trivia – Knox Trivia Guys, Knoxville Trivia
- Live Music
- Bowling – Maple Hall, Fountain Lanes, Family Bowl
- Arcade Games – Main Event, Token Game Tavern, Harrogate’s Lounge, Escape Game Knoxville
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.
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.