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Research Programs through 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 in the OUR Database. 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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Beckman Scholars Program

Deadline: January 10, 2022

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.

Center for Neutrino Physics NSF REU Program

Opens: December 1, 2021

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.  

F.I.R.E. Starters Program

Learn about a new undergraduate research program that aims to increase access to and training for research opportunities for underrepresented minority students.

Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Learn about year-round undergraduate research opportunities and Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) programs through FBRI.

Fralin Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program

Deadline: February 27, 2022 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.

Fralin Undergraduate Research Fellowship (FURF) Program

Applications are accepted April through August (specific dates vary by year)

The Fralin Undergraduate Research Fellowship program is a competitive award program open to all Virginia Tech undergraduates in all disciplines with a goal of increasing diversity in research.

Global Change Center Undergraduate Research Grants

Deadline: October 1, 2021

The Global Change Center (GCC) at Virginia Tech accepts proposals from undergraduate students and their GC-affiliated faculty mentor(s) to support undergraduate research that will advance the missions of the GCC.   

Global Change Center Undergraduate Science Policy Fellowship

Deadline: December 1, 2021

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.

ICAT Student Grant

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.

ICTAS Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program

Deadline: January 5, 2022

ICTAS Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program 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.

MAOP Undergraduate Opportunities

MAOP has three undergraduate Opportunities available for Spring 2022

  • MAOP Summer Research Internship
  • Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)
  • Undergraduate Scholars Program (UGS)


Molecular Visualization Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

The FBRI Molecular Visualization SURF program is 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.  

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

Deadline: February 1

The neuroSURF program is a 10-week program designed to introduce undergraduate students to translational neurobiology and provide them with a hands-on, independent research experience.

New Generation Resilient Infrastructure REU

The Virginia Tech Structural Engineering and Materials Program offers to 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.  

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

Deadline: March 25, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

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.

Solving Problems with Data Science at Virginia Tech REU

Deadline: March 25, 2022

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

Translational Obesity Undergraduate Research (TOUR) Scholars

Deadline: January 18, 2022

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.

VT-REEL: Securing Our Food

Applications will 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.