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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


Want to get involved in undergraduate research? Don't know what it is or how to get started? Have questions and want to talk to someone who has participated in research?

Come to one of our information sessions or meet one-on-one with a student ambassador or VT's coordinator for undergraduate research.

Information sessions: 1st Wednesdays of each month in the Newman Library Multipurpose Rm

      Feb 4: 3-3:30 & 3:30-4pm

      Mar 4: 4-4:30 & 4:30-5 pm

      Apr 1: 4-4:30 & 4:30-5pm

OUR Ambassador Drop-In Office Hours

      Mondays, 1-3pm in MCB 233

      Tuesdays, 2-4pm in MCB 302

Undergraduate Research Coordinator Drop-In Office Hours

      Thursdays, 2-4pm, Burruss 104N

      Fridays, 1:30-3pm, Burruss 104N

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. 

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

Zach (, or Program Coordinator, Kristen (