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Kellie McGarrh Travel Fund (doctoral students; teacher education issues): Deadline September 15

Students eligible for the Kellie McGarrh Travel Fund should submit their requests to Dr. Susan Benner’s office, 337 Claxton Complex or via email to Diane Brooker (dbooker@utk.eduby September 15. Note that the topic of the presentation needs to focus on teacher education related issues!

Kellie McGarrh Travel Fund

 In 1996, a student travel fund was established as a memorial to Kellie W. McGarrh, a doctoral graduate of our College.  The money is used to support doctoral candidates who make presentations at national or regional conferences.  Depending upon requests and available funds, awards may be granted each Fall and Spring term.  Eligibility criteria and procedure for application are listed below.


           Any College of Education, Health and Human Sciences active doctoral student who is making a national or regional conference presentation related to teacher education issues may apply.  This conference presentation must be related to teacher education issues, e.g., improving the quality of teacher preparation, the restructuring of teacher education programs, innovative instructional excellence, or the provision of equal educational opportunity for all students.

Submission Request

           The submission of request should have:  1) An abstract or proposal of the conference presentation (which may be submitted before acceptance by conference), 2) A statement of estimated costs for travel-transportation expenses (if car travel, please use current UTK rates), and 3) Justification of need.  Please include name, contact information, and program in which you are enrolled.  Requests should be submitted to Associate Dean Susan Benner.  A panel will review and rank proposals.  The awarding of the travel funds will be contingent on acceptance of the student’s paper by the designated professional conference.