The Fralin Undergraduate Research Fellowship program is a brand new, competitive award program that is open to all Virginia Tech undergraduates with a goal of increasing diversity in research. Fifteen fellowships of $1,000 each will be awarded annually to individual students demonstrating academic capability and a strong interest in undergraduate research, to enable them to conduct research with a Virginia Tech faculty mentor over the course of one academic year. This program is open to all students from any discipline who have already identified a faculty research mentor. Students from underrepresented groups (including, but not limited to, ethnic minorities, first generation college students, students from low income areas, students with disabilities, LGBTQ, etc.) are strongly encouraged to apply.

Priority Deadline: Aug. 14, 2016

First round of awards will be made Aug. 22, 2016. 

Research in the News

youth football players lined up at practice
Most of the football players in the U.S. are less than 14 years old, but they can hit their heads just as hard as older athletes. Virginia Tech researchers working to make sports safer at all levels are studying when youth players are most likely to sustain serious head impacts.
Virginia Tech researchers gathered data on rural water supply methods in Nampula, Mozambique, to improve sustainable access to clean water. That data, along with other Virginia Tech research, will be available to the public in Virginia Tech's new open data repository.
2016-16 Office of Undergraduate Research ambassadors
Top row (left to right): Nala Chehade, Dallece Curley, Alexandra Flevarakis, Emily Garverick, and Julia Gerow. Middle row (left to right): Chentelle Guest, Eryney Marrogi, Ryan Mowrey, Katherine Olson, and Sara Peterson. Bottom row (left to right): J'Nai Phillips, Amina Rahimi, Kyle Titus-Glover, and Colby Weit.
Wenrick puts sensors in a runner's shoes
Mackenzie Wenrick places sensors in a research participant's shoes to measure force while he runs.
Zoe Waddell in front of the Autism Clinic sign
Zoe Waddell, of Suffolk, Virginia, a rising sophomore majoring in psychology, analyzes the heart rate and self-reported stress levels of local moms as they interact with their children, both with and without autism spectrum disorder.
Indoor market in Panajachel, Guatemala
Indoor market in Panajachel, Guatemala. Photograph by Matt Stabile.
Lindsey Bass at the duck pond
Lindsey Bass is the first recipient of the Glen E. Salmon Scholarship for Multidisciplinary Studies. She is pursuing dual degrees in mechanical engineering and vocal performance.

As a current undergraduate researcher in the Design, Research, and Education for Additive Manufacturing Systems (DREAMS) lab at Virginia Tech, Lindsey Bass was selected as the first Glen Salmon Scholar.

Ambassador Office Hours:

Day/time         Location

M 9-10am     MCB 658

T 8-9am      GOODW 241

W 5-6pm    JCH 317A

TH 4-5pm    MCB 209

F 2-3pm     PAM 2028