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Student Mentoring and Research Training

SMaRT Internship Program

Many of UT’s faculty work in conjunction with Oak Ridge National Lab and contribute to the world-class research that is being done there. The Student Mentoring and Research Training program (SMaRT) seeks to further promote research and utilize our unique partnership with ORNL by funding paid spring semester graduate mentors and 10-week undergraduate internships that focus on ORNL-related research with a UT faculty member.

About the Program

This research experience is a eight-month commitment from February to October that is comprised of a training period in the spring, a full-time paid internship in the summer, and a reporting period (presentation of your research) in the fall.

During the summer internship component, students will work alongside a UT faculty mentor in an ORNL-related lab on UT’s campus or at ORNL. Applicants must choose to do research within one of ORNL’s six main research divisions:

 

Undergraduate Timeline and Internship

Undergraduate student commitment: February through October

Undergraduate students will be paired with a graduate student mentor during the spring and fall semesters and are expected to meet at least twice per month during the months of February – May and August – October.

From May to August, undergraduates will complete a full-time (40 hrs/wk) internship, for which they will receive $5,000 over the course of 10-weeks, housing in Laurel Hall if needed*, weekday bus transportation to ORNL if needed, and up to $500 for a travel grant should they choose to present research at a discipline-specific conference within the two semesters following the internship. Upon completion of the internship, undergraduates are required submit a poster and present their research at Discovery Day in the fall. Additional presentation opportunities on campus or at ORNL may also be available in late-July or August

  • February – May 2020 – You will work with a team of graduate assistants to complete a series of mentorship trainings and professional development activities (every two weeks)
  • June 1 – August 7, 2020 – You will work in a full-time research appointment with a UT faculty mentor.
  • August 7 – October 2020 – You will create a research poster and present your research at Discovery Day, a fall research poster symposium held by the Office of Undergraduate Research. You will have other opportunities to present your research on campus or at ORNL during this time.

Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Be a rising sophomore, junior or senior at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Have a 3.0 or higher GPA at the time of your application
  • Be available for the entirety of the program from February to August
  • Agree to present at Discovery Day in the fall

How to Apply – Undergraduates

Fill out the application below and submit all required materials. You will be asked to submit the following with your application:

  • A statement of interest
  • A description of previous research experience (if any)
  • An updated resume
  • An unofficial copy of your current transcript
  • One academic or professional recommendation (contact information only)

The application deadline for 2020 is October 31, 2019. Applications will be reviewed by Science Alliance and the Office of Undergraduate Research. Offers will be made to successful applicants by early January.

To Apply, follow these instructions:

  1. Go to utk.infoready4.com.
  2. On the home page, click on the title, “Undergraduate Student Mentoring and Research Training (SMaRT) UTK-ORNL Internship Program Application”
  3. To the right, click the button that says “Apply-SMaRT Undergraduate Application”
  4. Click the blue “University of Tennessee” Login button
  5. Enter your UT NetID and password and click “Login”
  6. Click the Submit Application button to submit your application when completed. You should receive a confirmation email indicating that your application has been submitted.

 

Graduate Timeline and Internship

Graduate student commitment: February through October

Graduate student mentors will meet with undergraduate students at least twice per month during the months of Feburary – October. They will be expected to develop and enact professional development activities for the undergraduate students and serve as mentors. Graduate students will also perform ORNL affiliated research with UT faculty.

  • February – May 2020 – Undergraduates and graduate student mentors will work to complete a series of trainings and professional development activities (every two weeks)
  • June 1 – August 7, 2020 – Graduate student mentors will need to be available to mentees while they work in a full-time research appointment with a UT faculty mentor over the summer.
  • August 7 – October 2020 – Graduate students will continue to mentor undergraduate as they create a research poster and present their research at Discovery Day, a fall research poster symposium held by the Office of Undergraduate Research.

Requirements

Graduate mentor candidates must:

  • Have ORNL related research
  • Be in good standing within their academic department and the Graduate School

 

How to Apply – Graduate Mentors

  • A statement of interest
  • A description of previous research experience (if any)
  • An updated resume
  • An unofficial copy of your current transcript
  • One academic or professional recommendation (contact information only)

 

The application deadline for 2020 is October 31, 2019. Applications will be reviewed by Science Alliance and the Office of Undergraduate Research. Offers will be made to successful applicants by early January.

To Apply, follow these instructions:

  1. Go to utk.infoready4.com.
  2. On the home page, click on the title, “Graduate Student Mentoring and Research Training (SMaRT) UTK-ORNL Internship Program Application”
  3. To the right, click the button that says “Apply-SMaRT Undergraduate Application”
  4. Click the blue “University of Tennessee” Login button
  5. Enter your UT NetID and password and click “Login”
  6. Click the Submit Application button to submit your application when completed. You should receive a confirmation email indicating that your application has been submitted.