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Important Information for Current Undergrads

See also:  2020 orientation to the EEB concentration

Thank you for choosing EEB as your biology concentration!  Our department wants to help you gain individual research experience and to encourage you to participate in departmental activities as much as possible. We provide many resources to help you succeed as an EEB major including:

  1. EEB has a listserv where students can find out the latest opportunities and events. To subscribe to the EEB-ALL or EEB-UNDERGRAD listservs, proceed to and click on UTK LISTSERV Archives. Once you arrive at the List Archives, scroll down the list until you find the listserv you wish to join. From there, click on Join or leave the list and follow the instructions on the page. EEB also has a social media presence on Instagram (@eeb_utk), Facebook (@EEB at UTK) and Twitter (@UTK_EEB).
  2. You can receive credit for attending weekly EEB seminars (EEB 490).
  3. You can learn valuable skills and have many career questions answered by taking EEB 311 – Career and Professional Development.
  4. EEB has a Grads Mentoring Undergrads Program, which allows you to meet with graduate students who share your interests in order to learn more about EEB careers and research opportunities.  Click here to apply (Google Form), or email for more information.
  5. Natural History Teaching Collection Curation allows undergraduates to acquire a general background of natural history museum work including specimen preparation, ethics, protocols, and database construction. Please contact Dr. Arpi Nyari with any questions.
  6. The Naturalist Club is a social group that coordinates camping and hiking trips, discusses interests in nature, and helps researchers with data collection.  Email for more information.
  7. There is an EEB Honors Option, which requires students to (1) fulfill all requirements for the major in biological sciences with a concentration in ecology and evolutionary biology; (2) achieve at least a grade of B in the upper-division concentration courses; (3) maintain a concentration GPA of at least 3.5; (4) maintain an overall GPA of at least 3.25; (5) complete 9 hours of honors-by-contract coursework from EEB 400, EEB 490, EEB 493 and other upper-division ecology and evolutionary biology courses available for major credit in the concentration; and (6) complete EEB 407 Senior Honors Thesis with a thesis to be approved by the student’s committee.
  8. There is an EEB Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium and all EEB majors or undergraduates working in EEB labs are invited to present a poster illustrating independent research, an intensive class project, or their work as an assistant. Email for more information
  9. Have you thought about graduate school? Check out this information to help you get a better idea of what to be thinking about and what questions to ask.
  10. Each semester there are information workshops (Graduate School Demystified, How to Write a CV, How to Get in a Lab, et al). Look for flyers and announcements for dates and times of these workshops.