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Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) , University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture

Location Description

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Office is responsible for the welfare of vertebrate animals research and teaching activities across the UTK area. Prior to engaging in work with animals, a detailed protocol describing the work must be submitted to the IACUC, which is then reviewed by compliance several groups to ensure that animal care and use are congruent with federal, local and institutional requirements. We interact with faculty, students and staff engaged in research or teaching to provide training and resources to support the development and implementation of their IACUC protocol.

Practicum Work Mode

Flexible / Hybrid

Semesters or Time Period Available

Ongoing, not limited to a specific semester


2415 Fletcher Luck Lane 225 Third Creek Building
Knoxville, TN 37996


Melinda Hauser
Director, IACUC

Student Tasks

We are looking for a student to redesign our IACUC website. Currently, most of our content is on SharePoint, but we would like to transition to a WordPress platform. The site must provide a secure method to share confidential documents and provide ready access to training materials, video, and other IACUC information. We would need multi-level access to the content – with IACUC members having full access, teaching/research staff and students having differential levels of limited access. We welcome creative approaches to the construction of a visually pleasing, user-friendly website.

Type of Mentoring Provided to the Student

The student would work with the IACUC Director and IACUC Administrative Coordinator to incorporate existing content and developing new content for the website. The Administrative Coordinator is a recent MS graduate from the SIS program and would serve as a resource to discuss and develop ideas for the website. In collaboration with the Director and Coordinator, we would work to set goals which would support the growth of the student as they work to develop the website.

Student Interaction With Others at the Location

The work may be done on-site and/or remotely. We would meet formally to assess progress and goals on a weekly or biweekly basis, depending on the needs and preferences of the student. The Director and Administrative Coordinator are available at any time for consultation, discussion or support. We welcome whatever level of engagement the student would like to have with the IACUC to build their familiarity with our processes while designing the website. This would include participating in IACUC training, observing monthly meetings, as desired.