CALS Weekly Email- Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020

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TUESDAY, Jan. 21, 2020

    CALS Academic Programs is on Social Media – @VTcalsAPGive us a follow and keep up to date on scholarship opportunities, student success programs, academic deadlines, internships, and more. Just click below!
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 STRATEGIC PLANCALS Strategic Planning Process- we need your voice!
Monday, Feb. 3, 6-7pm, 1890 Litton-Reaves
Do you want to be a part of helping to craft the college’s vision for the next 10 years? Do you have ideas or thoughts about the student experience that need to be heard?

The CALS Strategic Plan will chart the course for our future direction and will outline our initial steps toward achieving measurable and sustainable objectives that move the college forward. We have identified four strategic priorities to guide our process that align with Virginia Tech’s Beyond Boundaries vision: Advance our regional, national, and global impact; Elevate the Ut Prosim difference; Become a destination for talent; Ensure institutional excellence. We want to hear from you. Come out to 1890 Litton-Reaves on Monday, Feb. 3 from 6-7pm and join with faculty and administrators from the college to be a part of this exciting process.If you cannot attend but would like to give your input, there is a “virtual suggestion box” at the CALS Strategic Planning website. Please visit for more info. 
 Public Health Field Study in Ecuador
Interest Meeting Jan. 24, 2:30pm, Wallace 332
Are you interested in studying abroad and gaining hands-on experience in the public health field? Take part in an international field study in Ecuador next summer! Participants will be placed in a public health setting and have homestays and classes in Cumbayá, near Universidad San Francisco de Quito. There are 2 week (May 17 – May 31) and 6 week (May 17 – June 27) options. Apply here by February 15th and contact Renee Eaton ( with questions. There will be an interest meeting on January 24th at 2:30pm in Wallace 332. 
 CALS Scholarship Application: CLOSES TOMORROW
Deadline to apply Jan. 22 
The 2020/2021 CALS Scholarship Application is now available through Scholarship Central. The application deadline is January 22, 2020. The FAFSA is now available for the 2020/2021 academic year. All students should complete the FAFSA by January 22, 2020 to maximize consideration for all VT scholarships.
Boren Awards
Are you interested in US national security and studying abroad off the beaten path? The Boren Awards provide $8,000-20,000 in funds to study abroad in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand for 8 to 52 weeks. Preference is given to programs of 25+ weeks and those that focus on language study. Boren Awards funding in the 2020 application cycle may be applied to programs starting as early as June 1, 2020 or as late as March 1, 2021. Find more information and apply by February 5th here. Marielle Wijnands can be contacted for more information at
Agriculture in Wales!
Applications due Feb. 11
Are you interested in studying abroad in the UK and have little to no international travel experience? Apply for the Fulbright UK Summer Institute for a fully funded 3-4 week program studying in the UK! This year Aberystwyth University in Wales is hosting the Summer Institute featuring contemporary issues in agriculture and farming. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.7 and at least two years of college left after summer 2020. Apply by February 11th and find more information here. Interested students should contact Marielle Wijnands, the VT Fulbright advisor, at
NASDA Policy Intern- Summer 2020
Deadline to apply Wed. Feb. 12
The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, is seeking highly motivated students interested about the legislation andregulations that impact American agriculture.Applicants should be classified as a sophomore or greater by their academic institution and have excellent written and oral communication skills. A basic understanding of the legislative process is preferred but not required. This internship does provide a monthly stipend but housing is not provided. Start and end dates are flexible. Intern responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:• Represent NASDA in Congressional hearings, conference calls, and other venues, and provide an analysis of these events to policy staff members• Manage logistics, provide operational support, and interface with senior state and federal agriculture policy makers in a fast-paced environment during NASDA’s Winter Policy Conference• Conduct research on various legislative issues of importance to NASDA’s membership• Write articles covering various agricultural issues for NASDA’s weekly newsletters• Monitor Congressional calendar and other office administrative duties as assigned HOW TO APPLY: Submit a cover letter, resume, and 2-3 letters of reference to Sara Arsenault at Please reference “NASDA Policy Internship” in the subject line.
Semester Exchange in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Apply by Feb. 15
Fall semester, Aug. 3-Dec. 20, 2020 INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE PROVIDED TO ELIGIBLE PARTICIPANTS LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES AND STEM COURSES IN SPANISH AND ENGLISH Requirement: B2.4 – Spanish language level  Spend a semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina, known as the Paris of South America, while paying your Virginia Tech tuition and fees. Vibrant cultural offerings serve as the backdrop of the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina (UCA) experience. For more info, please visit
MAOP Summer Research Internship Application Now OpenThe 2020 Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP) Summer Research Internship is seeking participants for its program, which will take place May 24-July 31, 2020 on the campus of Virginia Tech.  There are a variety of research areas provided in which undergraduates can participate. Interns will be provided with a stipend of $3000, GRE classes each week, on-campus housing, a meal plan, workshops on graduate education and research, an off-campus retreat, and luncheons. The program is open to ALL U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents, who will continue their undergraduate studies in the Fall of 2020.To learn more and apply, click here.
Food Science & Technology Seminar: Agricultural Systems
Friday, Jan. 24, 11:15-12:05, HABB1 Room 108
Join us next Friday, Jan.24 for the first presentation in our annual Food Science and Technology spring seminar series! Dr. K.C. Ting, professor and department head emeritus at the University of Illinois Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, will be visiting to discuss how Intelligence Driven and Empowered Agricultural Systems (IDEAS) can amplify agricultural productivity, profitability and performance.  For more info, please click here.  All CALS students, faculty and staff invited!
 Communidad Book Club
Mi nombre es Ana y soy la nueva bibliotecaria residente en Virginia Tech. En colaboración con la biblioteca pública de Blacksburg, El Centro, y LASO, hemos creado un club de libros en español para miembros de la comunidad. Todos son bienvenidos, incluso gente que no hablan o leen muy bien el español. Los libros se pueden tomar prestados en las bibliotecas de Blacksburg, Christiansburg, y Virginia Tech. La primera reunión será el 15 de febrero a las 11 de la mañana en la biblioteca de Blacksburg. Todos son bienvenidos! Con cualquier pregunta, favor de comunicarse con Ana Corral (, Monena Hall (, Verónica Montes (, o Sebastián ( Saludos!Mas información: 
Studio Models Needed
The School of Visual Arts at Virginia Tech is hiring studio models for $15. Apply online in Handshake, position number 3445476. All applicants must be at least 18 years old, all applicants must be willing to sit for 2 hours for still life and form capture in drawing classes, more details on the handshake listing.
 Computationally-Driven Experimental Biology 10-Week Summer Program
Deadline to apply Jan. 31 
Funded by the National Science Foundation, Computationally-Driven Experimental Biology (CDEB program) 10-week summer program is a partnership between Virginia Tech (Dr. T.M. Murali) and Colorado State University (Dr. Jean Peccoud) that allows undergraduate students from both biological and computer science backgrounds to work at the intersection of both disciplines.

For information and application information please visit this link. 
Spring 2020 Equine Volunteer Program
We are now taking applications for the Equine Volunteer Program for Spring 2020. No prior equine experience required. Student volunteers are assigned to twice weekly feed shifts to provide daily care to horses at the Smithfield and Campbell equine facilities. Barn Staff and Shift Leaders will be at all shifts to lead and organize shifts, in addition to training new volunteers. Additionally, volunteers will have opportunities to shadow vet & farrier appointments, observe monitoring, foaling, and breeding of broodmares, assist in training of youngstock, and other educational opportunities. Students involved in the daily care of both herds will learn and practice skills such as routine handling of horses of all ages, nutritional managements, health assessment, and barn upkeep. Students will have the opportunity to record skills learned and mastered, track number of hours volunteered, and be kept up to date on equine specific internships and local opportunities. This is the second semester of this program, and we’re excited to continue seeing it grow and evolve to provide outstanding opportunities for our students!
Call for Applications for Funding Conference Travel, Study Abroad, or Unpaid Internships for Spring/Summer 2020
Deadline to apply Feb. 1
The CALS Alumni Organization welcomes applications from all undergraduate majors in CALS. 
Funding is provided by the John ‘Buster’ Beier Memorial Excellence Fund and the CALS Alumni Organization Excellence Fund in Memory of Glenn Anderson, Jr.The Scholarship Committee of the CALS Alumni Organization will assist in selecting recipients of the awards from a pool of candidates established by the Office of Alumni Relations.Awards will appear as a credit on the students’ accounts for the semester in which they are enrolled.  Funding can be applied to either spring or summer 2020. To apply please complete this form no later than February 1, 2020.  Late submissions will not be accepted. A letter of reference from a current faculty member is required to be sent electronically to Jamie Lucero at no later than February 1, 2020. Students are urged to request a letter from faculty in ample time for them to meet the deadline. Questions, contact Jamie Lucero,
 Jean B. Duerr Memorial Scholarship
Deadline to apply March 9
A scholarship application for the Jean B.Duerr Memorial Scholarship for the 2020-2021 academic year is attached to this e-mail.   This scholarship is awarded annually by Chapter AU, P.E.O., Blacksburg. to deserving full-time undergraduate and graduate women students.  Applicants must be enrolled at an accredited academic institution for the entire 2020-2021 academic year.   Would you please assist our selection committee by directing this application to five to ten women students in your University College or department who meet the following criteria: High academic achievement (minimum 3.6 G.P.A.)Community serviceExtra-curricular activitiesEconomic need (considered after the above factors) We appreciate your assistance in distributing the application.   You may duplicate the application as needed.  Please be sure to include the informational page, as it contains directions for the applicants.  Please use this revised application and replace any forms you may have from previous years.   Completed applications must be postmarked by March 9, 2020 and returned to Chapter AU, P.E.O., Jean B. Duerr Scholarship Committee, at P.O. Box 10415, Blacksburg, VA 24062. Absolutely no applications, even those with March 9, 2020, postmarks, will be accepted for consideration after March 11, 2019  The U.S. Postal Service should be used for sending the completed applications.   PLEASE DO NOT SEND APPLICATIONS VIA REGISTERED MAIL.  Private carriers do not deliver to post office boxes. For any questions, you or the applicants may contact me at 540-552-2307 or at


  • Tuesday, Jan. 21: first day of classes / spring semester
  • Tuesday, Feb. 18: Hokies in Richmond (legislative event)
  • March 9 – 14: Spring Break

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Blacksburg, VA 24061

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