The Haslam Scholars Program hosts a number of events throughout the academic year to foster intellectual curiosity, increase group cohesion, develop scholars, and provide additional opportunities to learn from UT faculty and other scholars across multiple disciplines. The program also hosts inter-cohort events that foster camaraderie and contribute to the life of the Haslam Scholars community. Active participation in this programming helps scholars build community, gain exposure to a wide variety of academic fields and opportunities, think about current issues in research and society, and engage their moral sensibilities.
Annual Retreat & Mini-retreat
Each year, scholars from all four cohorts gather together for a weekend-long retreat in the fall and one-day retreat in the spring to increase connections and foster relationships between scholars, staff, and UT faculty. The annual fall retreat, which takes place at the beautiful and serene Clyde Austin 4-H Center in Greeneville, TN, offers an escape from a busy semester of class, studying, research, and involvement. It offers a time for scholars to reconnect across cohorts and welcome each year’s new cohort of scholars into the HSP community.
The retreat also offers a time for program traditions such as karaoke, competitive trivia, s’mores, and community service. During each retreat, HSP invites faculty friends of the program to offer both informal and academic seminars on a range of topics such as meditation, line dancing, current issues, and more. HSP’s student programming committee works each year to ensure that the retreat fulfills its mission to bring together student and faculty scholars for a weekend of fun, relaxation, and learning.
Each semester, the Haslam Scholars Program invites UT’s top faculty to present on their research, expertise, and knowledge on a number of interdisciplinary topics and subject matter through the Friday Faculty Lecture Series and the Global Awareness Lecture Series. Through these lectures, scholars are exposed to a wide variety of topics outside of their major course of study and engage in interdisciplinary scholarly dialogue.
The Senior Colloquium occurs each spring and allows the year’s graduating seniors to present their research and senior theses to HSP’s community of scholars. Seniors, their faculty advisors, and each cohort gather together for a day of presentations and academic discussion. The colloquium also presents an opportunity for the younger cohorts to bid farewell and good luck to the graduation class of scholars during the Senior Sendoff.