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Research Opportunities at Virginia Tech

Review the opportunities listed below. If a deadline has passed, do not let that discourage you! Check out our version of 'help wanted' ads posted by faculty on Handshake. For up-to-date information like this, sign up for the OUR newsletter.

And remember, its never too early to start planning for next year. If you see a program that interests you, but the deadline has passed, put a reminder in your calendar for next year, keeping them in mind as you map out your time as an undergraduate student here at Virginia Tech.

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*Important Note*

Receipt of monetary awards can impact student financial aid. Students receiving financial aid should consult with the Financial Aid office before accepting a research fellowship, scholarship, or engaging in research for pay.

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    Beckman Scholars

    Deadline: January 9, 2023. The Beckman Scholars Program is a 15-month mentored research experience for exceptionally talented, full-time undergraduate students in chemistry, biological sciences, or biochemistry at Virginia Tech.

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    CardioSURF , redirect

    A 10-week summer program that gives students the opportunity to participate in hypothesis-driven independent research at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute in Roanoke, Virginia.

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    Center for Neutrino Physics NSF REU Program , redirect

    Opens: December 2022. The Virginia Tech Neutrino Physics REU focuses on neutrino physics from both an experimental and theoretical point of view. The program runs for 10 weeks each summer starting near the end of May.

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    CNRE Research Support Fund – Undergraduate Research Fellowship

    Deadline: November 8, 2022. Funds are available from the College of Natural Resources and Environment to incentivize undergraduate student engagement in research.

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    F.I.R.E. Starters

    Applications are due April 15, 2023. A new undergraduate research program that aims to increase access to and training for research opportunities for underrepresented minority students.

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    Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC Undergraduate Research Opportunities , redirect

    Year-round undergraduate research opportunities and Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) programs.

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    Fralin Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

    Deadline: February 27, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. The Fralin SURF 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 in the life sciences and related professional development activities that mirror graduate training.

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    Fralin Undergraduate Research Fellowship (FURF)

    Applications are accepted April through August (specific dates vary by year). A competitive award program open to all Virginia Tech undergraduates in all disciplines with a goal of increasing diversity in research.

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    Global Change Center Undergraduate Research Grants , redirect

    Deadline: September 30, 2022. Accepts proposals from undergraduate students and their GC-affiliated faculty mentor(s) to support undergraduate research that will advance the missions of the GCC.

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    Global Change Center Undergraduate Science Policy Fellowship , redirect

    Deadline: December 1, 2022. Rising juniors and seniors majoring in science or engineering are encouraged to apply for Global Change Center fellowships that cover in-state tuition, fees, housing, and a small stipend to attend a 6-credit Washington Semester summer program while interning in D.C. with agencies such as USFWS, USAID, USEPA, and USDA.

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    Honors College Funding Opportunities , redirect

    Meant to enhance students’ experiences at Virginia Tech.

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    ICAT Student Grant , redirect

    Monthly rolling, last day of month, 5:00 p.m. ICAT invites applications for small projects that are creative, innovative and show a strong potential for contribution toward the goals of ICAT. These funds can be used to pursue a range of transdisciplinary activities including creative projects, pilot studies, feasibility studies, or preliminary research.

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    ICTAS Undergraduate Research Fellowship

    Deadline: November 14, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. Supports early career undergraduates involved in mentored research at Virginia Tech. The goal of the program is to enable students to extend their current research projects and experience a step further with independent funding, so that they can devote additional time to their project, under the supervision of their chosen mentor.

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    Integrated Health Sciences and Research (IHSR) Curriculum , redirect

    Application opens: March 1, 2023. IHSR is an undergraduate research program in collaboration between the College of Science and the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute. IHSR is part of the Academy of Integrated Sciences. One of the primary goals is to connect undergraduate students interested in biomedical research with laboratories in the Roanoke campus.

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    MAOP Undergraduate Opportunities , redirect

    Undergraduate opportunities are MAOP Summer Research Internship, Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP), Undergraduate Scholars Program (UGS) and the Global Change Scholars.

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    NeuroSURF Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC Translational Neurobiology Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship , redirect

    Deadline: February 1. A 10-week program designed to introduce undergraduate students to translational neurobiology and provide them with a hands-on, independent research experience.

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    New Generation Resilient Infrastructure REU , redirect

    Fully immerse and engage a diverse group of ten undergraduate students in interdisciplinary research and professional development activities centered around new generation structural engineering, resilient, materials, smart design, physical security, and large-scale testing.

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    Reactive Metals, Combustion, and High-Enthalpy Flows (REACH) , redirect

    NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Summer Scholarship. The Virginia Tech REACH REU Summer Program provides research opportunities for a cohort of eight undergraduates during a 10-week summer research program.

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    Solving Problems with Data Science at Virginia Tech REU , redirect

    This paid summer REU program is for undergraduates interested in solving problems with data at the interface of biology and engineering.

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    Translational Obesity Undergraduate Research (TOUR) Scholars

    Applications open November with a deadline of January 20, 2023. TOUR-Scholars Program is a research-intensive summer experience which prepares students for graduate and medical education in translational obesity research. Ten students are chosen to participate each year.

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    VT-REEL: Securing Our Food , redirect

    Applications open in January. Open to all undergraduates at 2- and 4-year colleges, this 10-week summer research program is for those students who are interested in applying their education in life sciences to solving agricultural and food supply issues.