Monthly Archives: February 2014

Virginia Poultry Federation

Each year the Virginia Poultry Federation and the Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences at Virginia Tech offer scholarships to assist with the academic careers of students demonstrating an interest in poultry and its related industries. Last year approximately $11,000 was awarded to current and incoming students with a poultry interest in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

We are looking forward to reviewing the applications of many more promising students to be considered for this year’s awards. Scholarships will be awarded by letter, and recipients will be recognized at the Virginia Poultry Federation Youth Convention in Harrisonburg, VA and at the Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences Banquet. Scholarship funds will be available for the 2014-2015 academic year.

We hope you take the time to fill out and submit your application soon. Applications are due March 7, 2014 and may be sent or hand delivered to:

VPF Youth Committee c/o Dr. Audrey McElroy

Virginia Tech

Dept. of Animal and Poultry Sciences (0306)

3140 Litton-Reaves Hall

Blacksburg, VA 24061

You can download the application here:


Should you have any questions regarding the application itself or the awards process  please contact Dr. Audrey McElroy ( Thank you for considering this wonderful opportunity and we look forward to reviewing your application!


The Virginia Poultry Federation Youth Committee

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Pratt Research Opportunities

1. Pratt Senior Research

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will again sponsor an animal nutrition scholarship-research program for six to eight College seniors in the 2014-15 academic year.  The program, sponsored by the John Lee Pratt Foundation, will include a $3,000 scholarship for each recipient.  Proposals must focus on research that supports and enhances scholarship in the area of animal nutrition.

For proposal and application guidelines, please click below.

Pratt Senior Research 2014


2. Pratt Summer Internship

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will again sponsor an opportunity for up to three students to gain research skills through an internship program sponsored by the John Lee Pratt Foundation in summer 2014.  The program will include a $3,000 scholarship for each student selected to participate in the internship. Proposals must focus on research that supports and enhances scholarship in the area of animal nutrition.

 For proposal and application guidelines, please click below.

Pratt Summer Scholarship 2014

Application deadline is March 28, 2014. Please note that proposals must be submitted with a research advisor.

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Tech Talks

TechTalksDear CALS Students,

The Collegiate Nanotechnology Society (CNS) has decided to sponsor an undergraduate ideas seminar after being approached by Dr. Michael Hochella about an opportunity to give back to the undergraduate community. Dr. Hochella, a university distinguished professor associated with the Nanoscience curriculum, had been given funds from President Charles Steger to contribute to undergraduate affairs. As a club, we decided that we wanted to host an event that gave undergraduates the opportunity to express innovative ideas. We believe that undergraduates have unique and, what some would consider, extravagant ideas that could contribute to the scientific and engineering community.

We decided to call this event Tech Talks- Innovation and Research. This event will give undergraduates the opportunity to share, and hear, our fellow classmates ideas on innovation and research. We welcome ideas and potential projects from all realms of the Colleges of Science, Agriculture, Engineering, & Natural Resources and Environment; and would like your help to promote our endeavor. We encourage undergraduate students to apply to this program, and can do so by going to through the application link on the side bar. The application also requires a faculty member to vouch for their concept.

Fellow undergraduates will review these abstracts and four students will be chosen to give a 15 min presentation at our event on Saturday, April 12th. The applications are due by Friday, March 7th and the applicants will be told of their acceptance by Friday, March 21st. We believe this is an excellent opportunity for undergraduates to exercise their communication skills by presenting to an educated audience and makes them more competitive in the future through winning recognition regarding their innovative mindset.

Thank you for your help,

Collegiate Nanotechnology Society

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Spring 2014 Graduation Information

Group of Young Graduates Throwing Their Hats in the AirCongratulations on your upcoming graduation from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences!  You have worked hard and accomplished much over these past 4 years, and we look forward to celebrating those accomplishments with you on Saturday, May 17th!

Please click below where you will find information for you and your families regarding details for this big day.  Much of the information is in regards to timing, seating arrangements, parking and accessibility needs.

We will send out notifications regarding graduation on a regular basis, so please check and read these notifications for any changes or additions.  Please contact Jennifer Carr (, 231-8127) if you have any questions or concerns.

2014 CALS Student Graduation Information 2.10.14

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Disney’s Agricultural Sciences Internships are Open!

disney internshipHello from Walt Disney World in Orlando!  The Agricultural Sciences team is looking for undergraduate college students and recent graduates who have received their Bachelors degree within 6 months of our internships’ start dates to participate in our fun and challenging six-month hands-on internship in several different agricultural and science education fields including Plant Science, Entomology, Biotechnology, Aquaculture.

Please visit the following link regarding this internship:  At the bottom of the page, they can click “Apply Now” to view internship postings about the Plant Science, Entomology, Biotechnology, and Aquaculture internship positions along with many other science related internship openings.  If students have any questions with accessing the site, please have them email us directly at

Walt Disney World in Orlando is currently looking for students to fill internships for the Fall 2014 term (June 2014 – January 2015).  The deadline to apply will be in early March, but please encourage students to apply as soon as possible to get the process started.

Desired majors include but are not limited to:  Ag. Communication, Ag. Education, Agribusiness, Agriculture, Agronomy, Aquaculture, Aquatic Biology, Biology, Biotechnology, Botany, Crop Science, Biological and Biosystems/Agricultural Engineering, Entomology, Environmental Horticulture, Fisheries, Food Science, Horticulture, Landscape Design, Marine Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Ornamental Horticulture, and Plant Science.

The Agricultural Sciences Professional Internship Program is designed to provide qualified college students with the opportunity for hands-on work experience in the unique growing areas that are part of Living with The Land, an agricultural attraction at Epcot®.


In addition to maintaining the show quality of our growing areas, aquaculture systems or biotechnology lab, interns will spend a significant amount of time leading informative and interactive guest tours through our facilities along with promoting and selling these tours. Additional training sessions, classes and meetings will be scheduled throughout the semester. Other duties vary by discipline:


Operate a recirculating freshwater aquaculture facility. Monitor filtration systems and water quality, assist in diagnosis and control of disease, and raise fish to marketable size for Walt Disney World® restaurants.


Maintain a tissue culture production facility. Prepare media and culture a wide variety of plants. Then, collect, package and deliver the tissue-cultured plants to Epcot® merchandise locations.


Become an integral part of The Land’s Integrated Pest Management program. Rear and maintain insect colonies, release beneficial insects into greenhouse crops, and maintain entomology-related shows.

 Plant Science:

Maintain a high-quality show of hydroponically-grown food crops from around the globe. Seed, transplant, irrigate and prune plants; harvest produce for Epcot® restaurants; rake, sweep, and provide general cleanup of greenhouses.

Interested students should email a cover letter, resume, school transcript, and one letter of recommendation to  Selected students will be interviewed via phone to further discuss the internship.

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Virginia Women in Public Finance – 2014 Scholarship Application

The Mary Blackwell Barnes Memorial Scholarship Overview

Virginia Women in Public Finance has a scholarship program that provides, annually, up to five recipients with a scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to $5,000. The scholarship is named in honor of Mary Blackwell Barnes, a dedicated servant of public finance. Mary passed away in 2009 at the age of 44, but her memory lives on through the contributions she made to public finance in Virginia. The purpose of The Mary Blackwell Barnes Memorial Scholarship program is to:

1) Recognize enrolled female college or graduate level students who have exhibited scholastic achievement and demonstrated leadership skills;
2) Encourage the consideration of careers in finance and, more specifically, public finance; and
3) Provide an opportunity for award recipients to meet women established in the public finance area and expose women to various career options and opportunities.

2014 VWPF Scholarship Application

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