One of the main missions of the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is to help undergraduate students find research opportunities. We have multiple avenues to help students find such opportunities through our URO Database, Ambassador office hours, as well as strategic partnerships with the Research Institutes and research faculty here at Virginia Tech.

As well, we aim to help students find opportunities outside of the university, such as those at MIT and Harvard. 


OUR Partners Include:

  • Honors College
  • Office of Compliance
  • Graduate Student Association (GSA)
  • Fralin Life Science Institute
  • Multicultural Academic Opportunity Program (MAOP)
  • Global Education Office   
  • College of Engineering
  • Scieneering


Research Institutues


The Fralin Life Science Institute promotes interdisciplinary research and education in the sciences.

Focus Areas:

  • Vector-Borne Disease
  • Infectious Disease & Microbial Sciences
  • Plant Sciences
  • Obesity
  • Cancer Biology
  • Ecology & Organismal Biology


Focused on the intersection of the arts, creative technologies, and learning, the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology conducts and applies trans-disciplinary, collaborative research to enhance learning in PK-12 and higher education environments. 
Targeted Research and Scholarship Areas:

  • Critical and creative thinking skills
  • Learning advancement, especially in math, science, social studies, and language arts
  • Innovation of trans-disciplinary educational experiences


The Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science promotes cutting-edge research at the intersection of engineering, science, and medicine.

Focus Areas:

  • Nanoscale Science and Engineering
  • Nano-bio Interface
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Renewable Materials
  • Safe Water
  • Cognitive and Communication Systems
  • National Security
  • Emerging Technologies


The Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment strengthens the university's competitive position in the social sciences, humanities, and arts.

Targeted Research and Scholarship Areas:

  • Global Issues Initiative
  • Human development and health
  • Rhetoric, representation, and public humanities
  • Social complexity, risk, and resilience
  • Community arts, built environments, and urban formations


Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech combines information technology, medicine, and biology to generate, interpret, and apply vast amounts of data to solve problems in the biomedical, environmental, and agricultural sciences.

Focus Areas:

  • High-capacity resources for disease research
  • Ultra-scale biomedical data analysis, interpretation, and simulation
  • Access to innovative high performance computing
  • Predictive diagnostic tests and therapeutics
  • Commercialization and entrepreneurship


The Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute conducts interdisciplinary and translational research within the medical sciences to facilitate discovery-based medical education and to continually improve patient care through discovery and research.

Focus areas

  • Addiction research
  • Cancer biology
  • Computational biology
  • Developmental and regenerative medicine
  • Cardiovascular science and cardiology
  • Infectious diseases
  • Inflammation
  • Neurobiology, cognitive neuroscience, and decision-science

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute develops and uses state-of-the-art tools, techniques, and technologies to solve transportation challenges.

Focus areas

  • Human factors and safety
  • Transportation technology
  • Roadway infrastructure
  • Traffic mobility
  • Injury biomechanics
  • Transportation policy
  • Product development