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

Interested in joining my lab?

Students who want to conduct research in geomicrobiology, low-temperature aqueous geochemistry, biogeochemistry, environmental microbiology, or related field in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of Tennessee, should email me about their interests and previous experiences.  When contacting me, please include your current educational status, GPA (or equivalent), and GRE (and TOFEL, if applicable) scores. Graduate student assistantships with me and teaching assistantships in my Department, as well as competitive scholarships and other financial opportunities at the University, exist.

At the University of Tennessee, in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, and in my research group, we recognize and celebrate diversity, inclusion, and equality as important intellectual, educational, occupational, and societal values. We work diligently to promote diversity of people, ideas, and cultures, and to increase opportunities that enhance diversity, inclusion, and equality in our research, in the classroom, on campus, and in the broader geoscience community. My group is comprised of diverse graduate and undergraduate students, as well as postdoctoral research associates, research staff, and visiting scholars. My group, and our Department, are happily committed to the policies and laws adopted by the University of Tennessee regarding non-discrimination and equal opportunity; for more details, see the Office of Equity and Diversity website

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 recent years, UT consistently ranks among the best national colleges, and in 2018 UT was ranked 46th among all public universities by US News and World Report Students from all 50 US states, and over 100 countries, are enrolled at UT, bringing the undergraduate student enrollment to about 22,000 and 6,000 graduate students. The average student to faculty ratio is 17:1. UT has also been named to the Kiplinger's Personal Finance list of best values, and listed as one of the US's "best and most interesting schools" by the Fiske Guide . UT's library was also ranked among the top 25 public university libraries . UT is dedicated to increasing the quality of eduction, research, and infrastructure through VolVision2020 and 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 140 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), across campus (College of Engineering and College of Agriculture), as well as regionally with other campuses and laboratories. We have modern, state-of-the-art analytical and computational facilities, and moved into our new building, Strong Hall, in 2017. 
Lastly, 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. Knoxville 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