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Senior Says Research ‘Set Me Apart’ When Applying for Grad School

Lora DohertyLora Doherty, a senior in therapeutic recreation, has been researching how camps can help children in military families cope with a parent’s deployment.

Doherty, of Knoxville, is among 1,400 UT undergraduates involved in research. Between 2015 and 2016 the number of UT undergraduates doing research more than doubled and the number of faculty mentors increased 87 percent.The research not only deepened her understanding of coursework but also gave her a leg up on other applicants when applying to graduate school.

With her father, Thomas Doherty, being a UT veterinary medicine professor, Lora Doherty spent plenty of time on campus as a child and was always intrigued by the research posters she saw in the hallways.

Now she’s the researcher.

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Cinema Student Finds Way to ‘Make a Real Impact’

Carolyn Knight

Caroline Knight works with friend and mentor Chad McClarnon, who helped her produce “Still Sophie.”

Caroline Knight, a graduating senior in cinema studies, is an award-winning filmmaker whose latest project is now being shown at film festivals around the country.

Knight is among more than 1,400 UT undergraduates participating in research or creative activities that help them apply what they’re learning in the classroom and prepare them for graduate school or a future career. Between 2015 and 2016 UT more than doubled the number of undergraduates involved in research or creative achievement and saw an 87 percent increase in the number of faculty serving as mentors.

UT’s eighth-annual Research Week is now underway and a full list of activities is available online.

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Recalling Her Own Experience, Nursing Student Wants to Help Kids Understand Asthma

Adaya Troyer

Amanda Troyer, center, with Associate Professor and Interim Associate Dean Sadie Hutson and Professor and Associate Dean Tami Wyatt.

Adaya Troyer, a senior in nursing at UT, was only two when she was diagnosed with asthma. Now, as an undergraduate researcher, she’s trying to help young children with asthma understand and manage their condition.

UT’s eighth-annual Research Week kicks off today and runs through Friday, April 21. UT faculty and student research that impacts everyday life will be highlighted through a variety of events, including a Rube Goldberg Challenge, the annual Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement (EUReCA), a research photo contest, lectures, seminars and cultural events. A full list of which can be seen at

Troyer is just one of more than 1,400 UT undergraduates actively involved in research, an activity that embeds students in the learning process and enhances their preparation for graduate school or a career. Between 2015 and 2016 UT saw a 103 percent increase in the number of undergraduates involved in research and an 87 percent increase in the number of faculty serving as research mentors.

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