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Global Scholar Conference Call for Presentation Proposal Submissions

Submit a proposal to present a session at the first UT Global Scholar Conference to be held in February.

Deadline for submissions: Monday, January 18, 2016.

The mission of the Global Scholar Conference is to connect UT students who would like to develop a broadened mindset and global perspective with UT students, faculty or staff who have participated in some of the opportunities that allow for this learning such as study abroad, internship and research opportunities. 

Find out more about the conference and who is eligible to present.

Summer Internship Applications Open

Do you want to conduct research this summer with a UT faculty member?  The Office of Undergraduate Research funds a summer internship program to promote research and creative activity among undergraduate students. All current full-time undergraduate students enrolled at the Knoxville campus are eligible to apply.

The deadline to apply is Friday, February 12.

Find out more about the Summer Internship Program.

Apply for a Travel Scholarship to Attend NCUR 2016

Attend the 30th annual meeting of the largest gathering of undergraduate researchers - National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) - held in Asheville, North Carolina this year from April 7-9.

UT is offering partial travel scholarships (hotel costs for  two nights) for this event. Students with accepted abstracts will receive preference for scholarships.

The deadline to apply for the travel scholarship is February 5. 

Find more information about NCUR, the travel scholarships and a timeline of important dates. 

Students’ Research to Potentially Become Cherokee Biographies for Children


From Tennessee Today:

A group of UT students spent this fall delving into the lives of Cherokees who called East Tennessee home in the 1800s, before they were forcibly removed and relocated west of the Mississippi River.

The students’ research and recovery of the lost stories of Cherokee people could be translated into the Cherokee language and become children’s books that would find their way to immersion schools, cultural centers, and local museums.

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Represent UT at the Undergraduate Awards in Ireland

Held in Dublin, Ireland each year, the Undergraduate Awards recognize undergraduate research and creative activity across the globe. Participation is open to the Classes of 2015, 2016, and 2017.

Submission is free and is as simple as filling out a form online. You can submit up to three pieces of coursework across the 25 categories. The chosen piece must have received a grade of A- or higher.  

Students chosen in the top 10% will represent UT at the awards ceremony in Dublin, Ireland in November 2016. Current students will receive travel scholarships to attend.

In 2015 (the first year of UT's participation), 2 UT students placed in the top 10% and were offered full travel scholarships to attend!

Submit your papers or visual art projects now!

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EXPLORE - database of undergraduate research opps


EXPLORE is UT’s new database of undergraduate research opportunities. Students can use EXPLORE to search for faculty by academic department, view available on-campus research positions, and view off-campus research opportunities.

Positions are listed as paid, volunteer, or for academic credit.

New opportunities will be added throughout the year, so keep checking back!

Start exploring today at

Spend your summer in a fully funded undergraduate research program: Search the Opportunity Center Database

Connect to over 10,000 undergraduate research events, journals, internships, and funding opportunities using the Student Opportunity Center (SOC) Database. It is free, easy to use, and organized by major and interest.

Government agencies/sponsored programs, NGOs, Fortune 500 companies, and universities all have great fully funded summer programs coming up, no matter your major or interest.

Here are some of the groups with opportunities on S.O.C. right now:
-National Science Foundation
-Center for Disease Control
-Smithsonian Environmental Reserve
-Lockheed Martin
-General Electric
-National Institutes of Health
-National Endowment for the Humanities
-National Endowment for the Arts
-Cornell University

Start searching the SOC Database now!

Activity Calendar

Upcoming events, deadlines, seminars and more.

Pursuit Submission Deadline - extended Jan 30
NCUR Travel Grant Deadline Feb 5
Summer Internship Application Deadline Feb 12
UT Global Scholar Conference Feb 20
Posters at the Capitol Event Feb 24
EURēCA Abstract Submission Deadline Mar 11
URSA's 7th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium Apr 2

National Conference of Undergraduate Research, NC

Apr 7-9
Research Week Apr 7-15
20th Annual EURēCA Apr 11-15
ICUR Abstract Submission Deadline (fall 2016) Apr 21
Undergraduate Awards Submission Deadline May

Visit for more information on all activities.

Get in Touch

Are you an undergraduate researcher with news to share? We want to hear from you! If you have recently completed a research project, presented at a conference, or want to tell us about your fabulous mentor, fill out the appropriate form(s) below. (Faculty submissions also welcome.)

» Have you published or presented?

» Have you been to a conference?

» Submit an undergraduate research profile

» Submit a story about UT undergraduate research

» Submit an undergraduate research mentor profile

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Knoxville, TN 37996-1529
Phone: 865-974-8560

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