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Recognitions, March 17

The middle of March brings additional recognition and awards for UT faculty, students, and a shout-out for Women’s History Month: Marva Rudolph scholarship awardees; plant sciences doctoral student named president of national organization; UT Law program awarded $100K; UTCVM posts Q&A with pioneering woman.

2021 Recipients of Dr. Marva Rudolph Scholarships

Graphic: Marva Rudolph Scholarship

Established in 2014, the Marva Rudolph Fund honors the life and legacy of Marva Rudolph, a long-term employee and champion of equity, diversity, and inclusion at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  Rudolph was passionate about students and creating respectful and inclusive living, learning, and working environments.  The fund was created to assist students in their personal development as it relates to diversity and inclusion and to support their initiatives to build a more accessible, equitable and welcoming campus community.

Congratulations to the 2021 recipients of the Dr. Marva Rudolph Scholarship!


Foster to Serve as Weed Science Society of America Graduate Student Organization President

Delaney Foster

Delaney Foster, a University of Tennessee Department of Plant Sciences doctoral student, has been elected to the office of president in the Weed Science Society of America Graduate Student Organization.

The WSSA provides science-based information to the public and policymakers and fosters awareness of weeds and their tremendous impacts on managed and natural ecosystems. The WSSA GSO is concerned with advancing the careers of future weed science professionals.


Legal Clinic receives additional $100,000 to aid expungement efforts

Decorative Image: UT Law Expungement ClinicThe University of Tennessee College of Law Legal Clinic has been awarded a second $100,000 grant to continue its work offering civil legal assistance to rural East Tennesseans.

The Tennessee Bar Foundation first recognized the Legal Clinic with a grant in May 2019 for its efforts to lift barriers for those who want to clear their criminal legal records. Last month, the Tennessee Bar Foundation announced it would extend that support and offer an additional $100,000 to expand the Legal Clinic’s ExpungeTN project.


Women’s History Month

First Female Faculty at UTCVM

Historic Photo: Sharon PattonTake one parasitologist. Add a pinch of evangelist and toss in a little cheerleader. That’s been the recipe for success in Sharon Patton’s career. Patton, a professor in the Department of Biomedical and Diagnostic Services, came to UT 36 years ago as the first female faculty member of the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Read the College of Veterinary Medicine‘s Q&A with Patton.

Reading List

UT Libraries shared a reading list for Women’s History Month. Check out their Leisure Reading page.