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Office of Undergraduate Research

OUR promotes, enhances, and expands undergraduate research opportunities at Virginia Tech. At Virginia Tech, research is broadly conceived to include discovery-based and creative activities.

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OUR Ambassadors Video: Importance of Research

Undergraduate Research Policy

In the spring semester, Virginia Tech will continue its research in a manner that recognizes the importance of safety, transitions back to an in-person student-learning experience, and continues to ramp up research programs.

  • We are operating under the university’s modified operations status.
  • Most labs can/will be opened. Undergraduate and graduate students working on sponsored research or course credit may return to established or new research projects. 
  • Student volunteer research activity in labs is not advised, due to lab space and physical distancing guidelines. 
  • Colleges and institutes may add additional requirements in their areas. 
  • Allowable research activities require the approval of deans, vice presidents, or institute directors or their designee(s). 
  • The COVID-19 Research and Continuity Guidance microsite contains various resources for researchers, including Phase Three: Reopening Guidance.

Read more on VT’s READY webpage.

All undergraduate researchers are required to complete a new mandatory form indicating agreement to the requirements for conducting undergraduate research prior to engaging in any research activities.  Students are required to initiate and sign the form, which applies to all experiential learning modalities. Upon submission, the form will be automatically forwarded to the research supervisor for signature. This form is part of the Virginia Tech Plan for Reinstating Undergraduate Research for 2020-2021 and is in addition to any college level forms required for students wishing to register for undergraduate research credit hours.

For Spring 2021, students registering for research credit must complete the form, even if they will be continuing with the same project. If a student is working with the same faculty member on the same experience and they are volunteering or working for pay only, they do not have to complete the form again.

The Office of Undergraduate Research is operating virtually and can be reached by email at Visit our Resource and FAQ page related to virtualizing undergraduate research.

Visit Virginia Tech's COVID-19 page for official communications from the university.

Featured Information

Welcome to the OUR!

Connect with an Ambassador

Get help. Ask questions. Or just chat with an OUR student Ambassador.

Academic Undergraduate Research Association (AURA)

New student club for undergraduate researchers.

Undergraduate Research Excellence Program (UREP)

Receive much deserved recognition for engagement in undergraduate research.

Hokie Mentorship Connect

A discussion board for the Office of Undergraduate Research, encouraging meaningful discussions and sharing experiences.

Informational Videos about Undergraduate Research

We encourage you to take a look at the undergraduate research videos. They discuss topics like writing a personal statement, applying to the Fulbright Scholarship, finding research and more.

Interested in Becoming an Ambassador

Join the Office of Undergraduate Research team in helping students navigate the research world. Apply below! We will consider applications on a rolling basis.

Dennis Dean Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship Conference

Interested in presenting your undergraduate research the Dennis Dean Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship Conference? Apply now! Free for all to attend!

Beckman Scholars Program

Learn more about this 15-month mentored research experience for exceptionally talented, full-time undergraduate students in chemistry, biological sciences, or biochemistry at Virginia Tech.

Faculty Grant Program

The Faculty Grant Program  will provide a handful of short-term mini grants to facilitate the development or support of novel programs that aim to scale undergraduate research for VT students through virtual/remote mean. Proposals are being accepted, now through March 31st!

Featured Services 

Undergraduate Research in the News

Virginia Tech is ranked 44th nationally for Undergraduate Research/Creative Projects (U.S. News & World Report, 2021).

"The further we look outward, the deeper we look inward." Alex Gagliano, Computational Modeling and Data Analytics student, delivers his TEDxVirginia Tech Talk Looking Out to Look In

Eleven Virginia Tech undergraduate engineering students ventured to SpaceX in Hawthorne, California, for the aerospace company’s Hyperloop Pod Competition II.


Two undergraduates working with Rolf Mueller, Sounak Chakrabarti and Hannah-Victoria Thielman, have won an Honorable Mention Award at the VAS 2020 Fall Undergraduate Meeting with a poster/video presentation on "Using Deep Learning to Observe Bat Flight Patterns".