The Quest Scholar distinction is designed to showcase outstanding faculty, staff, and students. It is an opportunity to recognize significant research, scholarship, and creative accomplishments that enhance the reputation of the university. The selection process is administered by the Office of Research and Economic Development and the Office of Communications and Marketing.
Nominees must be able to clearly demonstrate how their research, scholarship, or creative activity advances their field of study or impacts the community, region, nation, or the world.
Recent examples include:
- John Douglas Powers for being a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow
- Christopher Wright for receiving an NSF Early CAREER Award entitled Investigating Engineering Expansive Learning Spaces for Boys of Color
- Shigetoshi Eda for inventing a method to diagnose Johne’s disease in domestic and wild animals
- Kaitlyn Stiles for being offered three highly prestigious awards to fund her doctoral work in Mediterranean archaeology and bioarchaeology
- Kathleen Brannen-Donnelly for her experimental investigations of microbial controls on organic carbon cycling in cave streams in east Tennessee
To be considered for this recognition, potential Quest Scholars are encouraged to share their significant research or creative accomplishments with a campus communicator, dean, department head, or director. They can also fill out this online form. Nominations will be evaluated by a team of communications professionals and senior administrators within the Office of Research and Economic Development. The frequency of Quest Scholar announcements may vary depending on the pool of eligible nominees.
Those selected for Quest Scholar recognition will have their work highlighted across a variety of communications platforms, including the Office of Research and Economic Development’s Cataylst newsletter, Quest research magazine and its companion website, and the main UT Knoxville website and social media outlets.
The Office of Research and Economic Development and the Office of Communications and Marketing will work closely together on this new nomination process, which will take effect January 2017. Prior scholars will continue to be archived on the Quest website.