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UT is serving veterans through the Shaping Experiential Research for Veteran Education (SERVE) program, which aims to engage veterans in research experiences that address US Navy research priorities and boost the number of veterans with graduate degrees in STEM-related fields.

SERVE gives veterans the opportunity to explore research vital to national security, giving them a way to continue to serve our country while at the same time building off the leadership skills they gained in the military. That combination of having experience in both research and leadership will provide them the opportunity to grow into top-level candidates for government or businesses with needs for strong STEM expertise.

Are you a veteran or dependent of a veteran receiving VA benefits?  Are you enrolled in or interested in a STEM Major?  If you answered yes to these questions and you are interested in participating in a research experience with the University of Tennessee, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, or with one of our corporate or lab partners, please complete our interest form.

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Program Benefits

SERVE participants will receive faculty & researcher mentorship, participation in US Navy research projects and workforce placement opportunities

Program Benefits

Admission & Eligibility

Both veterans, active duty service members, and dependents of veterans are eligible to participate in SERVE. Eligible students not currently enrolled are encouraged to apply to UT through undergraduate admissions or the Graduate School.

Admission & Eligibility Requirements

SERVE is supported by funding from the Office of Naval Research (ONR). The Naval Research Laboratory (ONR) will also provide critical support through research mentorship and guidance. SERVE is in partnership with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, which has its own successful veterans engineering program, which is also supported by ONR.