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Submit Abstracts Now for NCUR 2017


Student deadline: December 2
Faculty Administrative Network deadline: December 9

The Council on Undergraduate Research and University of Memphis, the NCUR 2017 host, invite undergraduate students to submit abstracts for posters, oral presentations, and creative and performing arts presentations.  NCUR is a multi-disciplinary conference for bright, motivated, and talented students, who come from all types of institutions including research universities, community colleges, comprehensive universities, and private liberal arts colleges.  This conference is an opportunity for students to present research to peers, receive feedback from faculty from other institutions, network with graduate school representatives, and hear from inspiring plenary speakers.

Faculty-Administrator Network Sessions

Looking for an opportunity to share your experience as a faculty mentor or an administrator?  Submit a proposal to facilitate a Faculty-Administrator Network Session!  All faculty and administrators attending NCUR2017 are invited to submit a FAN Session Proposal.  Abstract proposals should include an overview of the proposed session and the facilitator’s experience with the session topic (i.e. role in the program, how they started and implemented, etc.).

For more information on student and faculty submissions please visit:

Four UT Researchers Named 2016 AAAS Fellows

Four UT researchers are among the 2016 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Brian Wirth, Karen Hughes, and George Ostrouchov hold various positions on the UT Knoxville campus; Baohua Gu from the UT Institute of Agriculture also was selected.
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Session on Mentorship Inspires Faculty and Graduate Students

The Office of Research and Engagement’s RCR Lunch and Learn series continued this week with two opportunities for graduate students, faculty, and staff on campus to attend a presentation led by Ernest Brothers, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, and Suzie Allard, Associate Dean for Research and Director of the Center for Information and Communication Studies, on the topic of Mentor and Trainee Responsibilities and IDP Best Practices. Though the session dealt in specifics of responsibilities and accountability for mentors and their protégés, it was also warm and inspiring discussion of the power of mentorship and the importance of quality participation in mentoring relationships to robust academic dialogue, research, and the pursuit of quality scholarly work.
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Recognitions, December 2

Please send faculty, staff, and student recognitions to Erin Chapin (

  • GeoAir, a startup company founded by MBA candidate Alex Adams, won top prize at last week’s fall 2016 Vol Court Pitch Competition. Adams won $1,500, a year of free office space in the UT Research Foundation Business Incubator, consulting services courtesy of PYA, legal advice from Morehous Legal Group, and a yearlong subscription to TurboFunder provided by Funding Sage.

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Student Tests HoloLens for NASA, Gets Closer Look at Mars Surface

Rachel Kronyak with Lego version of Mars rover Curiosity.Every day, Rachel Kronyak walks around the surface of the planet Mars, examining a rock or getting a closer look at a butte framing the horizon.

A doctoral student in geology at UT, Kronyak is among a small set of research scientists worldwide testing the use of an augmented reality headset to see how it can help NASA determine whether Mars could support life.

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Funding Opportunities Roundup, December 2

NIH Opportunities

Join the UT NIH Research Community by contacting Jennifer Webster ( and start receiving the weekly NIH Digest.

  • UT CORNET Awards: Collaborative Research Network Proposals in Cancer Research (link)
  • NIA Leveraging Existing Cohort Studies to Clarify Risk and Protective Factors for Alzheimers Disease and Related Dementias (R01) (PAR-17-054)
  • NIA Alzheimer’s Disease Outcomes Research Resource (U2C) (RFA-AG-17-052)

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