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Eligibility & Requirements

Students seeking to apply to PEER must meet the following criterion for eligibility:

Have at least a baccalaureate degree in biological, physical or computational sciences

Students must have been accepted into a doctoral program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Applicants must be a United States Citizen or permanent resident

Students must be defined as underrepresented by the National Institutes of Health (NIH):

  • African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos/Chicanos, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives & Pacific Islanders
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Persons from an economically disadvantaged background

Additional UR groups as defined by National Science Foundation (NSF) guidelines:

  • Women based on specific disciplines

Requirements for admission to PEER include:

  1. Evidence of Satisfactory performance in coursework required by the PhD-granting program
  2. A satisfactory score on the GRE for the verbal, quantitative & analytical sections
  3. A GPA of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Other Resources for applying:

UT Graduate Admissions Requirements

Office of the Registrar

Residency Classification

UT Graduate Admissions Deadlines (Please note that the different STEM graduate programs at UT have different deadlines for admission. To review those deadlines, look at the links below.)

If you don’t see a STEM program for you below, look through the graduate catalog or contact Program Administrator Dr. Sekeenia Haynes to see if your research interests are available within a program at UT.