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Quest Scholars

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 Engagement 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:


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 Engagement. 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 Engagement’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 Engagement 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.