Research Programs through Virginia Tech

Opportunities @ VT

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And remember, its never too early to start planning for next year. Programs for which the deadlines have passed but that will open again in Fall of 2017 or early Spring of 2018 are listed at the bottom of the page. Be sure to keep them in mind as you map out your time as an undergraduate student.

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Upcoming Deadlines:

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. 

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The Biocomplexity Research Experience for Undergraduates (BREU)

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 . . .

ACC Creativity and Innovation Grant (ACCIAC)

The ACCIAC is a 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:

  • Originality
  • Creativity
  • Innovation
  • Experimentation
  • Intellectual risk

Projects supported may include team-driven activities or individual projects, multi-university ventures, artistic endeavors, videos, and creative projects abroad. In 2017, seven students from four of Virginia Tech’s seven colleges received an ACCIAC grant to conduct a variety of student led research projects on topics ranging from sustainability to audio visual spatialization.

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Bats as Model Organisms for Bioinspired Engineering IRES

This is as NSF-funded International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) award for a US-China Collaboration on Bats as Model Organisms for Bioinspired Engineering each summer at Shandong University, China. The 10-week research program will support 5 students total, 3 graduate and 2 undergraduates, subject to availability of funds. The award will cover travel, visa, and subsistence expenses as well as provide students with a $5,000 stipend. Contact the Principal Investigator, Dr. Rolf Mueller (email: with questions.

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Food-Energy-Water Systems (FEWS) REU

Future scientific leaders must effectively communicate across disciplinary boundaries relating to food, energy, and water, with a “molecules to manufacturing” perspective for recognizing commonly shared and unique challenges, discoveries, and solutions. Our primary objective is to nurture students to pursue graduate studies and academic and industrial careers in FEWS fields, establishing the pool of educated and energetic talent to fuel the competitiveness of our nation.

REU MII-FEWS research will provide enabling polymeric materials for food distribution, water efficient crop production, real-time monitoring devices, advanced manufacturing concepts to print the next generation of membranes for water purification, and novel synthetic methods to understand predictable transport and diffusion through materials.  Working in teams, effective communication across the population, and igniting passion for discovery remain cornerstones. REU publications will serve as a key indicator for our success.  The REU students will emerge as scientific leaders in a critical area for our nation; the students will initiate an interdisciplinary network of scientists with a spirit of entrepreneurship and a passion for societal impact.  Students will understand the social complexities of translating technologies to international communities.

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Fralin Undergraduate Research Fellowship (FURF) 2017-2018

The Fralin Undergraduate Research Fellowship program is competitive award program open to all Virginia Tech undergraduates with a goal of increasing diversity in research.

Fifteen fellowships of $1,000 are awarded annually to individual students demonstrating academic capability and a strong interest in undergraduate research. Fellows will conduct their proposaed research project with a Virginia Tech faculty mentor over the course of one academic year. Applications are accepted April through August (specific dates vary by year). Those funded will begin their research projects the following fall. 

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Fralin Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

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 the training program  during summer 2018 and receive a $4000 stipend. Only open to Virginia Tech students. 

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Global Forum Summer Undergraduate Research Lab

The Global Forum on Urban and Regional Resilience (GFURR) annually offers a 10-week Undergraduate Summer Research Lab. The program is 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. 

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iScholars program 2018

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.

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MAOP Undergraduate Summer Research Internship (SRI)

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

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A Multiscale Approach to Biomechanics REU

This Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program is for undergraduates interested in exploring a multiscale approach to biomechanical research. Students will be fully integrated into participating research groups and will experience hands-on lab research, group meetings, and close collaboration with other members of related research groups. By conclusion of the program, students will understand the connection between biomechanical research and fundamental biological processes in health, injury, and disease. In addition, career development components will contribute to improving written and oral presentation skills.

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National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

Applications are accepted every springfor the 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 summer research program. Successful students will receive funding for travel and lodging (up to $4,000) and a stipend ($5,500). The application deadline is annually in early spring. 

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A novel and innovative program focused on interdisciplinary undergraduate studies and research at the intersection of Science, Engineering and Law.

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.

VTCRI Molecular Visualization SURF

The VTCRI Molecular Visualization SURF program is a 10-week long summer program that gives students the opportunity to participate in hypothesis-driven independent research at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute in Roanoke, Virginia. Students will participate in a weekly workshop series to provide hands-on experience in the cutting edge imaging technologies housed within VTCRI to understand appropriate application of each technology in understanding biological processes. This program encompasses a full-time, 40-hour week schedule and supports Molecular Visualization SURF students with a $3,500 stipend. Housing will also be provided to those students that need it.

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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.

For more information on VTCRI neuroSURF please visit:  or contact Dr. Michael Fox at  or Alexandria Pilot at