Research Programs through VT
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Applications due 2.6.2017
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)
Program dates: May 22 - August 4, 2017
Application due: February 6, 2017, 9:00am
Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program. Students enrolled in a science/engineering major are encouraged to apply for this competitive 11-week research program from May 22 through August 4. Successful students will receive funding for travel and lodging (up to $4,000) and a stipend ($5,500). The application deadline has been extended to 9am on February 6, 2017.
Applications due 2.15.2017
Program dates: May 22 - July 24, 2017
Application review date: February 15, 2017
The Global Forum on Urban and Regional Resilience (GFURR) is pleased to announce the 2017 Undergraduate Summer Research Lab program. The Summer Undergraduate Research Lab is a 10-week program designed to give undergraduate students from Virginia Tech, Roanoke College and Hollins University the opportunity to engage in research that explores pertinent issues and challenges in Roanoke’s urban setting. The research program will use Roanoke as a living laboratory and expose students to the collection, analysis and synthesis of primary data. The program involves a final symposium during which students will present their work to stakeholders and the scientific community.
Applications due 2.17.2017
Application due 2.15.2017
Program dates: 5/22 - 7/28, 2017
Application due: February 17, 2017
The Fralin SURF program is a 10-week training program designed to give motivated Virginia Tech undergraduates the opportunity to engage in full-time (~40 hrs/week) research and related professional development activities that mirror graduate training. The goal is to offer students experiences that will help them determine if they want to pursue a career in research while they develop skills for graduate school. The program includes weekly research and professional development seminars, periodic social events, and a final symposium during which students will present their research. 15 students will be selected to participate in this training program during summer 2017 and will receive a $4000 stipend. Only open to Virginia Tech students.
Applications due 2.19.2017
Program dates: 5/22 - 7/28, 2017
Application due: February 19, 2017
The Fralin SURF program is a 10-week training program designed to give motivated Virginia Tech undergraduates the opportunity to engage in full-time (~40 hrs/week) research and related professional development activities that mirror graduate training. The goal is to offer students experiences that will help them determine if they want to pursue a career in research while they develop skills for graduate school. The program includes weekly research and professional development seminars, periodic social events, and a final symposium during which students will present their research. 15 students will be selected to participate in this training program during summer 2017 and will receive a $4000 stipend. Only open to Virginia Tech students. For more Information.
Applications due 2.22.2017
ACC Creativity and Innovation (ACCIAC)
Application due: February 22, 2017
Competitive grant program to support student-led research projects in any discipline each summer, with awards of up to $2,000 which can go towards travel, supplies, stipend, and the like. The application deadline is annually in February. This program directly connects undergraduate students to core ACC university missions of creativity and innovation. The ACCAC Fellows Program in Creativity and Innovation represents the conference’s excellence in, and commitment to, quality undergraduate education. Criteria for awards include, but are not limited to:
- Intellectual risk
Projects supported may include team-driven activities or individual projects, multi-university ventures, artistic endeavors, videos, and creative projects abroad. In 2015, 7 students from 6 of Virginia Tech’s 7 colleges received an ACCIAC grant to conduct a variety of student led research projects on topics ranging from Beethoven to drug delivery.
James, a senior majoring in Architecture from Charlottesville, VA, studied Shaker objects, architecture, and urban planning during a two-week trip that took him from Kentucky to Maine. James commented that, “this opportunity has… increased my confidence as a photographer and writer and given me a unique sense of my own efficacy as well as excitement for possible avenues to continue this kind of research in the future. I am immensely grateful to have had this opportunity.”
Alana, a junior majoring in biological sciences, investigated what feather color conveyed in red-winged blackbirds. “This summer has been an eye opening experience. Not many people can say that they spent theirs in Canada, outdoors and catching birds…. There is such a fulfilling feeling when an experiment ends and you can start to analyze the data and the hard work pays off. Now I have experience designing and performing my own experiment, organizing what to do each day. Throughout the whole experiment, I was able to meet biologists who have been doing research for years, learning from their experiences and getting ideas for new projects of my own. Currently I am applying to graduate schools, hoping to follow a career that allows me to always ask questions and explore the world one experiment at a time”.
Megan, a sophomore majoring in Marketing Management from Ocala, FL, travelled to San Francisco, CA and Austin, TX to conduct LGBTQ+ oral history research. “As a marketing major, the networking opportunities I was afforded by my research with ACC Creativity and Innovation Grant were indispensable. I was able to interact with people from entirely different backgrounds than I am accustomed to and establish contacts in two booming American cities… Overall, LGBTQ+ Oral History research was one of the most amazing and beneficial experiences I have been granted in my time as a college student. Documenting the lives of LBGTQ+ people and exposing myself to independent travel significantly expanded my worldview, and made me excited to perform similar research in the future.”
Applications due 2.28.2017
Program dates: May 21-July 28, 2017
Application due: February 28, 2017
The MAOP Undergraduate Summer Research Internship (SRI) started in Summer 1993, and since then has been a transformative experience for hundreds of students. Students from a wide variety of academic disciplines spend ten weeks during the summer (late May - late July/early August) working closely with a faculty mentor in a mentor/protege relationship to design, conduct and present a scholarly research presentation.
Students devote at least 40 hours a week on their respective research projects and scholarly activities. At the conclusion of the program, students will present their research to their fellow SRI peers, faculty mentors, and guests. The research is presented using a poster format and oral presentation. This research symposium is the culminating event of the experience, and takes place during the last week of the program.
The program is open to undergraduate students from any two-year and/or four-institution from around the United States and territories. Participants must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent U.S. Residents
Enroll 5.4.2017 through 5.14.2017
A novel and innovative program focused on interdisciplinary undergraduate studies and research at the intersection of Science, Engineering and Law, Scieneering builds on VT’s strengths in science and engineering and through funding from a prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute Science Education Grant.
Science and engineering sophomores and juniors enrolled in Scieneering participate in coursework leading to minors in Interdisciplinary Engineering and Science or Science, Engineering and Law and conduct at least three credit-hours of interdisciplinary research mentored by faculty outside their major discipline. Students gain experience tackling real-world, multi-dimensional problems under the direction of a qualified mentor.
Monthly, rolling: last day of month, 5pm
ICAT Student Grant
From smart phones to automobiles, understanding the human genome to exploring social networks, scientific and technological innovation is the result of the work of not just scientists and engineers, but artists and designers as well. The challenges of the 21st century demand creative processes that stem from the realization that design, aesthetic, and technological development have become symbiotic. In order to foster this kind of transdisciplinary research, the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) invites applications for small projects that are creative, innovative and show a strong potential for contribution toward the goals of ICAT. These funds can be used to pursue a range of transdisciplinary activities including creative projects, pilot studies, feasibility studies, or preliminary research.
The Biocomplexity Research Experience for Undergraduates (BREU) is an educational program open to aspiring scientists from all academic backgrounds. BREU prepares students to pursue highly competitive STEM careers, offering hands-on training that extends far beyond the traditional classroom learning experience. This program encompasses a wide range of research opportunities including both paid and for-credit positions.
Make a real impact. BREU students participate in hands-on research activities in each of our institute's Leading Laboratories—work that’s fundamentally transforming the way we understand the world. At the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech, our projects help guide the creation of resilient cities, inform effective policy responses to public health crises, and uncover key factors that drive industrial innovation.
Diversify your expertise. Our students work in teams, closely supported by graduate research assistants and supervised by faculty. Your colleagues and mentors will be thought leaders in a wide variety of fields: statistics, biology, social, behavioral and economic sciences, computer science, data analytics, epidemiology, simulation science, information technology policy, and infrastructural resilience.
Form professional connections. The Biocomplexity Institute's dual locations in the National Capital Region and Virginia Tech's Blacksburg campus put our students in contact with a number of leading decision-makers in science, government and industry. Our "alumni" have established their careers at a variety of high-profile institutions including the Department of Defense, Department of Health, Bloomberg, and Amazon.
Programs to keep in mind for next year . . .
Work, Live and Study in the National Capitol Region
An integrative experience in innovation and entrepreneurship. You will gain real-world experience as paid interns in Washington-area organizations with further skill building through an interactive seminar course and field trips.
This application is open to all students.
This is a 12 week program in the Summer of 2018
iScholars will participate in all elements of the program, working 32 hours a week, and taking 3-credits of coursework each in Summer I and Summer II.
The VTCRI Translational Neurobiology Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (VTCRI neuroSURF) is a 10-week program designed to introduce undergraduate students to translational neurobiology and provide them with a hands-on, independent research experience. This program encompasses a full-time, 40-hour week schedule and includes lectures in Translational Neurobiology, a seminar series that highlights neuroscience research that is ongoing at Virginia Tech, and courses on professional development. Students will receive a $3500 stipend and housing (if needed). Participants in VTCRI neuroSURF will include VT students and students from other US universities and colleges.