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The Program for Excellence & Equity in Research (PEER) is an initiative to increase the number of exceptional underrepresented students graduating with doctoral degrees in STEM disciplines at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. PEER seeks to advance a doctoral student’s competitiveness and interest in their chosen career field by offering professional development, ambitious research, and dynamic mentoring opportunities.

Upcoming Events for PEER Scholars

Fall 2017 Discourse Schedule

Thursday, September 28

  • All PEER –  Walters Life Sciences M401
    • Generating an Individual Development Plan, Part II
    • Facilitator: Dr. Sekeenia Haynes

Thursday, October 5

  • Fall Break (No Class)

Thursday, October 12

  • 1st Year – Walters Life Sciences M401
    • Keirsey Personality Test & Study Strategies and Common Pitfalls
    • Facilitator:  Dr. Cheryl Barksdale, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Management and Graduate & Executive Education Director of Leadership Development
      Programs in the Haslam College of Business
    • Facilitator:  Dr. Sekeenia Haynes, Program Administrator, PEER
  • 2nd Year –  Walters Life Sciences M415
    • Designing and Delivering a Scientific Presentation
    • Facilitator:  Dr. Tessa Burch-Smith, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry & Cellular and Molecular Biology

Thursday, October 19

October 19-23

  • Society for the Advancement of Chicanos & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), Salt Lake City, Utah

Thursday, October 26

  • 1st Year –  Walters Life Sciences M401
    • Presentations with Feedback
    • Dr. Cindy Raines, Senior Lecturer & Marketing, Haslam College of Business
  • 2nd Year – Walters Life Sciences M415
    • Peering-Out
    • Facilitator:  Dr. Suzanne Lehart, Professor of Mathematics, PEER Mentor

Thursday, November 2

  • 1st Year
    • Complete online RCR Training (
    • Send by 5:00 PM (Nov.30) an electronic copy of your RCR Training certificates to
  • 2nd Year – Walters Life Sciences M415
    • Review TLSAMP Personal Statements/provide written feedback

November 1-4

  • Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), Phoenix, Arizona.


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