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“Every Virginia Tech undergraduate will have the opportunity to participate in either an internship in a field related to their studies, or in a meaningful undergraduate research experience, or both.  We have ample data to show that these opportunities open doors and raise ceilings.  We owe it to our students to make these experiences available.”
-President Timothy D. Sands (Installation Speech, Oct. 17, 2014)

The mission of the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is to promote, enhance, and expand undergraduate research opportunities at Virginia Tech. The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) defines undergraduate research as “… an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline,” (CUR, 2014).

The Office of Undergraduate Research serves the Virginia Tech community by facilitating the engagement of undergraduates in authentic research experiences in all areas of scholarship, especially those mentored by Virginia Tech faculty. The office offers services and support to enhance the undergraduate research experience by helping students find research opportunities, promoting dissemination of student research, providing data and programmatic support for grant-sponsored undergraduate research programs, and ensuring compliance with university and federal regulations and policies.

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Office Hours (Fall 2015)

Weekly office hours when classes are in session:

  • Mondays, 10-11 a.m., McBryde 666
  • Wednesdays, 1-2 p.m., McBryde 302
  • Thursdays, 11-noon, McBryde 201
  • Fridays, 3-4 p.m., McBryde 207

Information Sessions (Fall 2015)

First Tuesday of each month, 6 and 6:30 p.m., Newman Library Multipurpose Room

  • October 6
  • November 3
  • December 1