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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 STEM Graduate Students

4th Annual Cynthia B. Peterson Poster Competition

Friday, March 2, 2018

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Big Orange STEM Saturday (BOSS)

Saturday, April 7, 2018, 9am – 1:30 pm

Call for proposals – – – > Submission deadline Friday, February 2, 2018

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Upcoming Events for PEER Scholars


Thursday, April 5th

  • 1st and 2nd Year – Walters Life Sciences M401
    • Meet the Mentors
    • Facilitators:
      • Dr. Liz Howell, Professor of BCMB
      • Dr. Clea McNeely, Associate Professor in the Dept
        of Public Health
      • Dr. Jennifer Morrell-Falvey, BCMB Joint Faculty/ORNL Staff Scientist


Thursday, April 12th

  • 1st Year – Walters Life Sciences M401
    • Tools for writing a Personal Statement
    • Facilitators: Caroline Szymeczek, Ph.D., President of Integrated Learning Innovations, Inc.
  • 2nd Year – Walters Life Sciences M415
    • Peer-ing Out
    • Facilitator: Suzanne Lenhart, Ph.D., Professor of Mathematics

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