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Office of Undergraduate Research Ambassadors

The Office of Undergraduate Research is excited to announce the appointment of our inaugural group of student ambassadors! Ambassadors come from a variety of majors and minors, with vast undergraduate research experience on diverse topics in the sciences, engineering, business, liberal arts, and human sciences. Their primary role is disseminating information about undergraduate research. Ambassadors offer regular information sessions on undergraduate research (what it is, why you should do it, how to get involved, and how to find opportunities) and are available for individual drop-in consultations at weekly office hours. All services offered by the ambassadors are free and open to the campus at large. We welcome any student from any discipline who is interested in getting involved in undergraduate research of any kind. Feel free to contact us.


OUR Ambassadors (2014)

Ambassador Email Major(s) Minor(s)
Mahtaab Biological Sciences French, Crop & Soil Science
Kristen Biochemistry Spanish, Chemistry
Albert Biological Sciences Nanoscience
Dorian Biological Sciences Entomology
Sarah Economics Political Science
Colby Aerospace Engineering Spanish, Math, Economics
Jade Applied Economic Management Economics, International Studies
Diana Food Science and Technology Biological Sciences

Office Hours (Fall 2014)

Every Monday (when classes are in session), 1-3pm, Newman Library café

Every Thursday (when classes are in session), 1-3pm, McBryde 201

Information Sessions (Fall 2014)

Mon, Nov 3, 12-1pm, Newman Library Multipurpose Room

Mon, Dec 1, 12-1pm, Newman Library Multipurpose Room

* New sessions begin on the half hour

Announcing the new undergraduate research student club, SOURCE!

SOURCE is the Society of Undergraduate Research, Collaboration and Enrichment and has two main objectives. The first is to motivate undergraduates to become involved with the fascinating world of academic research. We aim to do this by providing personal counseling, electronic communication, and seminars that discuss the process of how you communicate with professors about getting involved with a project. Our second objective is to provide a social community for current researchers. Ultimately, the life of a scientist/engineer/artist goes well beyond your daily procedural work in a laboratory or studio. There are many challenges, cultural norms, goals, and lessons that need to be learned outside of this environment; we created SOURCE largely to provide the social atmosphere that can give these highly needed perspectives to navigate through these unique careers. We invite all undergraduates who are interested or who are already involved in research to join us. Here are some of our upcoming events….

Wednesday, September 12th- Undergraduate Research Social. This social, hosted by SOURCE, is an event to promote networking of undergraduate researchers at Virginia Tech. No RSVP needed, everyone is welcome! Hosted at 7:30PM at Hutecheson 204.

Wednesday October 22nd – Third Meeting Hutcheson Hall RM 207 – Time 7pm

Wednesday October 29th – Movie Night at

Amber Johnson Theater - Time TBA

Wednesday November 5th – How to Get into Undergraduate Researchers (CLAHS) Hutcheson Hall RM 207 – Time 7pm

Wednesday  November 12th – Virginia Tech Funding and Research Opportunities Hutcheson Hall RM 207 – Time 7pm

Wednesday November 19th –  Funding Opportunities with Undergraduate Research. This informative seminar covers sources of undergraduate research funding including: VT IMSD, VT MAOP, Fralin SURF Fellowships, REUs, ACC Creativity Grant, and more. Hosted at 8:00PM at Hutcheson 204.

Wednesday December 3rd – Last Meeting of the Semester. This meeting will basically be a recap the year, and provide a friendly atmosphere to relax in before we all tackle finals. Ongoing social held from 7:00-9:00PM in Hutcheson 204.

Questions? Contact the Executive Chairman, Albert (, Liaison Officer, 

Zach (, or Program Coordinator, Kristen (


Translational Nanomedicine Forum

We invite you to attend a Translational Nanomedicine forum on Wednesday, November 12th, 3:30 to 5:30PM, at the Fralin Auditorium.  The forum will be hosted jointly by the Fralin Life Sciences Institute, the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS), the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI) and the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.  

POSTERS: Anyone interested in exhibiting a poster during the networking event is encouraged to do so.

PRE-REGISTRATION: We kindly ask that interested attendees please pre-register for the meeting.