Upcoming research opportunities for undergraduates

Undergraduates who are interested in taking part in research opportunities this spring or summer are encouraged to apply to various programs, some of which offer stipends and/or support to purchase research-related supplies.

“Students in all disciplines will find programs and conferences that fit their research interests,” said Tomalei Vess, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research. “My office can assist students and faculty to find the best places to apply.”

Here are several undergraduate research experiences for students. Faculty and staff may encourage promising students to apply to the programs and write letters of recommendation, as needed:

  • The Fralin Life Science Institute Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship is a 10-week training program designed to give motivated Virginia Tech undergraduates the opportunity to engage in full-time research and related professional development activities that mirror graduate training. Participants receive a $4,000 stipend. Application deadline: Feb. 11, 2013
  • The Scieneering Program, funded by a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Science Education Grant, builds on Virginia Tech’s strengths to provide an interdisciplinary learning experience in science and engineering. Participants pursue one of two available minors and complete at least one semester of research. Application deadline: Mar. 8, 2013
  • The National Science Foundation offers hundreds of full-time programs called Research Experiences for Undergraduates. Programs span a variety of disciplines in science, technology, engineering, math, and social sciences. Virginia Tech is home to 10 of these programs, two of which are focused in an international setting. Deadlines vary, but typically are early in the spring semester
  • The Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers offers preparation for graduate school and research for humanities and social science students. Applications accepted starting in December 2012
  • The 27th National Conference on Undergraduate Research will accept applications and abstracts starting on Dec. 4, 2012. For more information, visit www.cur.org/ncur_2013
  • The ACC Meeting of the Minds Conference has issued a call for student presenters. Deadline: Feb. 11, 2013. For more information, visit www.research.undergraduate.vt.edu/ACCMOM
  • Virginia Tech’s Undergraduate Research Conference will be held Apr. 19, 2013. Virginia Tech’s Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium is scheduled for July 31, 2013. For more information about either conference, or if you or your program would like to participate, please contact Tomalei Vess.
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