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Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2019

It’s an exciting time to be a Tennessee Volunteer!

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s research enterprise boasts a robust portfolio with excellence in scholarship and creative activity across its 11 colleges and the UT Space Institute. With research at the core of the educational experience, our students and faculty are equipped to address the global grand challenges ahead.

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UT faculty and students are recognized nationally and internationally for their excellence in research, scholarship, and creative activity. In fiscal year 2019, faculty members received seven National Science Foundation CAREER awards, an American Council of Learned Societies fellowship , and a European Union Collaborative fellowship.

Our students set a new record for Fulbright US Student Program awards as 19 were selected to study, conduct research, and teach in cities around the world. Our students also earned two Goldwater Scholarships and three Boren Scholarships . Grant Rigney, a Haslam Scholar and Neyland Scholar majoring in chemical and biomolecular engineering, became UT’s eighth Rhodes Scholar .

Research expenditures stayed stable during a turbulent year for federal funding, which is our largest source of award dollars. The US Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation remain our top sources for research funding, and the Office of Research and Engagement continues to seek opportunities to diversify federal funding.

Researchers from the Tickle College of Engineering were awarded $1.5 million from the US Department of Defense to study the potential of neural networks to change the way the DOD operates. The National Institutes of Health awarded researchers in the Departments of Nutrition and Psychology $2.8 million to examine a potential medical treatment for obesity . An associate professor of nursing secured $1.5 million from the National Institute of Nursing Research to investigate the impact of concurrent hospice care compared to standard hospice care in improving continuity and quality of pediatric end-of-life care.

Everywhere you look, UT is there—expanding knowledge and innovating for tomorrow.