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Engagement and Outreach Conference


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The Office of Community Engagement and Outreach, in collaboration with UT Knoxville faculty, staff, and community partners, invites you to attend UT’s first Engagement and Outreach Conference. This free event will focus on the relevance, research, and reciprocity of engagement.

Attendees can expect to establish collaborations from across the university, community, and region to help solve complex problems facing Tennessee and build capacity with campus partners and stakeholders. The conference will highlight resources to integrate engagement and outreach into academic and research programs. Ultimately, the goal is to improve the lives and well-being of individuals and families in our community.

The conference will be held Monday, October 8 in the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy from 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

See a full agenda here.

Parking will be available for external guests at Vol Hall.

Register for the conference. 

Ethnographic Study of Stateless Haitians in the Bahamas

Bert LouisBert Louis, associate professor of anthropology and African studies, spent three weeks in New Providence, Bahamas studying statelessness. Louis was able to complete his study due to a Professional Scholarly and Development Award (PSDA) offered through the Office of Research and Engagement.

Statelessness affects an estimated 15 million people worldwide. A stateless individual, by international law, is one who is not considered a citizen in any country, also known as de jure statelessness.  Continue reading

Research Seed Funding

The Office of Research and Engagement will launch the second call for Research Seed proposals which will serve as a catalyst for UTK and UT Space Institute faculty. The grant program offers internal funds to help generate proposal submissions to focused sponsors or around a specific initiative. The ideal project would apply for external funding and begin to generate manuscripts for publication no later than four months after the seed project concludes. Ultimately, ORE is looking to support projects that encourage faculty members to identify and seek new funding targets. Like last year, seed grants are available in four categories:

  • Biomedical Research Seed Program proposals are due October 31. It has been expanded to include any biomedical research topic; external funding targets may include NIH, other agencies, and foundations.
  • Mission Agency Research Seed Program proposals are due November 14.
  • Community Engaged Research Seed Program proposals are due November 28.
  • Interdisciplinary Research Seed Program proposals due December 12.

Complete solicitations and FAQs will be posted by September 19. An information session is being offered September 17 from 2:00-3:00 and September 26 from 12:30-1:30 in Blount Hall 004. Register for the workshop here.

National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis Holds 10th Research Conference

Support deadline September 10

Registration deadline October 8

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) will present the 10th annual Undergraduate Research Conference October 27-28 at the Conference Center. At the interface of biology and mathematics, students will host talks, poster sessions, participate in a panel discussion on career paths, and much more. This conference is open to students, faculty, and high school teachers. Registration deadline is October 8. Click here for more information or to register.

First Tennessee Foundation Continues to Invest in Communities

For the last 25 years First Tennessee Foundation has provided over $80 million to deserving communities. Several nonprofits across the state and surrounding areas are competing for a cash prize. Organizations are required to submit a video explaining why they should get a portion of the $250,000 prize. For more information or to vote for a nonprofit click here. Voting ends August 31.

College of Social Work Program Receives $2.8 Million Grant

In a joint effort among researchers from UT’s College of Social Work, the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research, the College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Department of Public Health in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences—the College of Social Work’s Pet Health Equity Program received a $2.8 million grant from Maddie’s Fund.

The research will help create and support the implementation of a healthcare system aimed at improving access to veterinary care. AlignCare will provide access to care for limited resource families.

Read more about the Maddie’s Fund grant.

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