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UT Researchers and Scholars Resilient Despite COVID-19 Challenges

A faculty member works in their office during a setup photoshoot while wearing a mask and social distancing at Strong Hall. July 10, 2020.

A faculty member works in their office during a setup photoshoot while wearing a mask and social distancing at Strong Hall. July 10, 2020. Photo by Steven Bridges/University of Tennessee

The University of Tennessee was faced with unprecedented challenges this spring and summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay-at-home recommendations required many to postpone or modify how they conduct research, scholarship, and creative activities, as well as modifying their instructional techniques and coursework. 

Faculty and students were determined to continue their scholarship despite these new challenges and many have been awarded new funding to study the novel coronavirus. Through it all, the UT community has demonstrated dedication and resilience in maintaining research productivity and instruction on campus and remotely. 

These stories, collected in August 2020, represent research, scholarship, and creative activities that persevered through the pandemic. In some cases, the focus of the research changed completely to respond to the need for information concerning the novel coronavirus. In others, researchers had to find creative ways to continue their ongoing research despite the stay-at-home orders. Faculty and students had to design new ways to teach, learn, and communicate.  

In all the examples, however, there is a common thread of innovation and commitment that exemplifies the Volunteer spirit and showcases the excellence of UT’s discovery enterprise.

Documenting the Pandemic

Containing the Spread

Determining the Economic Impact

How Working Remotely Impacts Society

Keeping Our Communities Healthy During a Pandemic

Developing New Technology

Overcoming Challenges in the Classroom

Continuing Research and Creative Activities Remotely

Student Research and Activities