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New Quest Scholar Recognition Process

Taylor Eighmy, vice chancellor for research and engagement, and Jacob Rudolph, interim vice chancellor for communications and marketing, announced a new process surrounding the Quest Scholar recognition Friday, January 13, 2017. 

As you may know, the Quest Scholar of the Week program has been in existence for over eight years. More than 400 scholars have been recognized since the inception of the program. However, the number of nominations has dramatically declined during the past 12 months.

We believe it is important to recognize and celebrate the breakthrough discoveries and accomplishments of our research community. Therefore, the Quest Scholar concept is being updated to better showcase our scholars and their great research stories.

Those selected for Quest Scholar recognition will have their work highlighted across a variety of communications platforms, including the Office of Research and Engagement’s Cataylst newsletter, Quest research magazine and its companion website, and the main UT Knoxville website and social media outlets.

To be considered for this recognition, faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to share their significant research or creative accomplishments with a campus communicator, dean, department head, or director. They can also complete an online nomination directly at research.utk.edu/quest-scholars/share-your-story. Nominations will be evaluated by a team of communications professionals and senior administrators within the Office of Research and Engagement. The frequency of Quest Scholar announcements may vary depending on the pool of eligible nominees.

The Office of Research and Engagement and the Office of Communications and Marketing will work closely together on this new nomination process, which will take effect this semester. Prior scholars will continue to be archived on the Quest website.