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The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute's TURF program is a 10-week training program designed to give motivated Virginia Tech undergraduates the opportunity to engage in full-time (~40 hrs/week) research and related professional development activities that mirror graduate training. The goal is to offer students experiences that will help them determine if they want to pursue a career in research while they develop skills for graduate school. The program includes weekly research and professional development seminars, periodic social events, and a final symposium during which students will present their research. Students selected to participate in this training program will receive a $4000 stipend.
Undertake space and upper atmosphere research using ground based and satellite based instruments and data. Learn about space weather and the impact that it can have. Participate in the investigation and modeling of space plasmas. Gain hands-on experience in small satellite and sounding rocket engineering, development and research. Develop general research and team work skill in an interdisciplinary collaborative environment.
REU- Microbiology is a 10-week summer research training program for undergraduates that focuses on a wide range of microbiological phenomena. The program integrates the application of state-of-the-art genome-based technologies for fundamental and applied research projects in microbiology.
The NSF-REU site Microbiology in the Post Genome Era provides an opportunity for students to perform independent research. Students can choose to work with a mentor from over 30 participating Virginia Tech laboratories. Student-run committees manage many of the on-site activities. Participants will receive assistance with the graduate school application process including GRE preparation. The site coordinates visits to companies and laboratories. Students will also give poster and oral presentations about their research.
Each of the students in the program will receive a $5,000 fellowship, round trip travel allowance to Blacksburg, VA, on-campus housing and meals. Students are expected to do full-time research as well as participate in all site activities.
The REU program is for undergraduates interested in exploring a multiscale approach to biomechanical research. Students will be fully integrated into participating research groups and will experience hands on research, group meetings, and close collaboration with other members of related research groups. By conclusion of the program, students will understand the connection between biomechanical research and fundamental biological processes in health, injury, and disease. In addition, career development components will contribute to improving written and oral presentation skills.
This conference is aimed at offering undergraduates the opportunity to gain experience communicating their research or creative scholarship while engaging faculty and other students.
Virginia Tech is offering competitive financial awards of up to $2,000 to support undergraduate research projects or creative works within any of the academic disciplines.
What Is Undergraduate Research?
According to the national Council on Undergraduate Research, undergraduate research is an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.