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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.

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 2017

Important dates for registered Summer Research Scholars:

June 6, 9 am Pre-welcome Event – Campus Tour. Meet at the Torchbearer for a walking tour of campus.
June 13, 11 am – 1 pm Welcome Lunch at Neyland and Stadium Tour (Lauricella Room)
June 20, 9 -10 am Professional Development Session, Cross-Cultural Mentoring with Ernest Brothers (MinKao 622)
June 24, 9 am departure Dollywood Day (tickets are available for purchase from UT Ticket Office, Online, or at the Gate)
June 27, 9-11 am Responsible Conduct of Research Training with Dr. Robert Nobles (MinKao 622)
July 6, 8:15 am departure Oak Ridge National Laboratory Tour
TBD Planetarium Show
TBD Applying for the NSF GRFP and DOE SCGF
July 24 Group Poster Session (led by CURENT & NIMBioS and open to all)

Summer Research Internship Program @ UT

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.

Additional Summer Research Programs @ 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 @ 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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