Annette Summers Engel
Jones Professor of Aqueous Geochemistry
University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Interested in joining the lab?

Dr. Engel advises graduate and undergraduate students, and mentors postdoctoral research associates, in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of Tennessee. Students who want to conduct research in geomicrobiology, low-temperature aqueous geochemistry, biogeochemistry, environmental microbiology, or related field should email Dr. Engel about their interests and previous experiences. Please include your current educational status, GPA (or equivalent), and GRE (and TOFEL, if applicable) scores. Graduate student assistantships with Dr. Engel and teaching assistantships in the department, as well as competitive scholarships and other financial opportunities exist.
Prospective students should explore Admissions information for the Department and the  University .

Why the University of Tennessee?

The University of Tennessee started in Knoxville as Blount College in 1794 and has been a land-grant university since 1869. UT-Knoxville is the flagship university in the UT System, and there are 63 Research Centers and Institutes and active partnerships with Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  In the past few years, UT consistently ranks among the best national colleges ( Princeton Review , Forbes , US News and World Report ), and in 2015 UT was named to the Kiplinger's Personal Finance list of best values. UT's library was also ranked among the top 25 public university libraries . UT is dedicated to increasing its reputation through the Top 25 program .
The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences has existed at UT-Knoxville for over 100 years.  In that time, over 500 M.S. degrees have been awarded from the program (since 1929) and over 135 Doctoral degress have been awarded (since 1959). For geomicrobiology, there are diverse opportunities for collaboration through other programs in the College (e.g., Microbiology, Chemistry, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology) and across campus (College of Engineering and College of Agriculture). We have modern, state-of-the-art analytical and computational facilities, and will occupy a new building in 2017. 
Knoxville is also a beautiful place to live, and has a rich history centered on Appalachian heritage. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is about 1 hour away, and there are dozens of state parks and other wildlife places within 2 hours drive. The cost of living is low, and thoughts and attitudes are generally progressive. It feels like a small town, but it is a fast growing city with lots of ammenities. 

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Geochemistry. Geomicrobiology. Geology. Ecology.

Interdisciplinary Research at the University of Tennessee