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ICAT Student Grant

From smart phones to automobiles, understanding the human genome to exploring social networks, scientific and technological innovation is the result of the work of not just scientists and engineers, but artists and designers as well. The challenges of the 21st century demand creative processes that stem from the realization that design, aesthetic, and technological development have become symbiotic. In order to foster this kind of transdisciplinary research, the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (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.

Programs with hard deadlines:

Beckman Scholars Program

The Beckman Scholars Program, supported by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, is a 15-month mentored research experience for exceptionaltalented, full-time undergraduate students in chemistry, biological sciences, or biochemistry at Virginia Tech.

Center for Neutrino Physics NSF REU Program

Deadline: February 15, 2021

The Virginia Tech Physics Neutrino REU focuses on neutrino physics from both an experimental and theoretical point of views. The program will run in Summer 2021 with 9 students for 10 consecutive week, starting the last week of May, 2021. Check out our website for more information and specific on the kind of research projects that are offered for summer 2021.

Computationally-Driven Experimental Biology 10-week summer program

To all interested computer science, biology, bioinformatics and systems biology undergraduate students!

Funded by the National Science Foundation, Computationally-Driven Experimental Biology (CDEB program) 10-week summer program is a partnership between Virginia Tech (Dr. T.M. Murali) and Colorado State University (Dr. Jean Peccoud) that allows undergraduate students from both biological and computer science backgrounds to work at the intersection of both disciplines.

Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Deadline: February 21, 2021

The Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC SURF program is a 10-week long summer program that gives students the opportunity to participate in hypothesis-driven independent research at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute in Roanoke, Virginia. Students will participate in a weekly workshop series to provide hands-on experience in the cutting edge imaging technologies housed within VTCRI to understand appropriate application of each technology in understanding biological processes. This program encompasses a full-time, 40-hour week schedule and supports Molecular Visualization SURF students with a $3,500 stipend. Housing will also be provided to those students that need it.

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

Deadline: February 1, 2021

The Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC Translational Neurobiology Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (VTCRI neuroSURF) is a 10-week program designed to introduce undergraduate students to translational neurobiology and provide them with a hands-on, independent research experience.  This program encompasses a full-time, 40-hour week schedule and includes lectures in Translational Neurobiology, a seminar series that highlights neuroscience research that is ongoing at Virginia Tech, and courses on professional development. Students will receive a $3500 stipend and housing (if needed).  Participants in VTCRI neuroSURF will include VT students and students from other US universities and colleges.

For more information visit neuroSURF online or email Dr. Michael Fox  or Alexandria Pilot.

Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Applications are accepted now (specific dates vary by year.)

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

Fralin Undergraduate Research Fellowship (FURF)

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

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

Fifteen fellowships of $1,000 are awarded annually to individual students demonstrating academic capability and a strong interest in undergraduate research. Fellows will conduct their proposaed research project with a Virginia Tech faculty mentor over the course of one academic year. Applications are accepted April through August (specific dates vary by year). Those funded will begin their research projects the following fall.

Fralin Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

Deadline: February 25, 2021

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 and related professional development activities that mirror graduate training.

The goal is to offer students experiences that will help them determine if they want to pursue a career in research while they develop skills for graduate school. The program includes weekly research and professional development seminars, periodic social events, and a final symposium during which students will present their research. 15 students will be selected to participate in the training program during summer 2021 and receive a $4000 stipend. Only open to Virginia Tech students.  

Global Change Center Undergraduate Research Grants

Deadline: December 17, 2020.

The Global Change Center (GCC) at Virginia Tech is accepting proposals from undergraduate students and their GC-affiliated faculty mentor(s) to support undergraduate research that will advance the missions of the GCC. Award requests can range from $250 - $1,000 and may include itemized supply and analytical costs, as well as travel costs to research sites.

Global Change Center Undergraduate Science Policy Fellowship

Rising juniors and seniors majoring in science or engineering are encouraged to apply for $7,000 Global Change Center fellowships that cover in-state tuition, fees, housing, and a small stipend. Fellows attend a 6-credit Washington Semester summer program while interning 30 hours a week in D.C. with agencies such as USFWS, USAID, USEPA, and USDA.

MAOP Undergraduate Summer Research Internship (SRI)

Deadline: Monday, February 22, 2021 at 5pm

The MAOP Undergraduate Summer Research Internship (SRI) started in Summer 1993, and since then has been a transformative experience for hundreds of students. Students from a wide variety of academic disciplines spend ten weeks during the summer (late May - late July/early August) working closely with a faculty mentor in a mentor/protege relationship to design, conduct and present a scholarly research presentation.

Students devote at least 40 hours a week on their respective research projects and scholarly activities. At the conclusion of the program, students will present their research to their fellow SRI peers, faculty mentors, and guests. The research is presented using a poster format and oral presentation. This research symposium is the culminating event of the experience, and takes place during the last week of the program.

The program is open to undergraduate students from any two-year and/or four-institution from around the United States and territories. Participants must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent U.S. Residents

New Generation Resilient Infrastructure REU

Deadline: February 12, 2021

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. This is a 10-week research program with a $5,000 stipend, $500 in travel expenses and housing, meals and gym membership provided.

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Deadline: Early Spring

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) is designed to inspire undergraduate students to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) through a unique research experience that supports the NIST mission.

Training Future Leaders to Solve Resources Challenges at the Confluence of Water & Society

This REEU will catalyze interactions between students from widely varying disciplines by focusing on research questions that require innovative approaches to scientific collaboration and data visualization, as well as communication to and engagement with an array of local stakeholders. Our diverse team of experienced mentors includes environmental scientists, social scientists, engineers, and computer scientist will both guide individual student efforts as well as collectively model successful interdisciplinary collaboration. To promote a unifying context for research: Fellows and mentors will be members of interdisciplinary teams; We will learn from and interact with a range of stakeholders across multiple land use issues; and Activities will be place-based within the Virginia Tech StREAM Lab, with a view towards its relationship with the larger New River basin.

Translational Obesity Undergraduate Research (TOUR) Scholars

Join us this summer @ Virginia Tech!
Funded by an NIH R25 Research Education Grant, and under the umbrella of the Center for Transformative Research on Health Behaviors, the Translational Obesity Undergraduate Research Scholars (TOUR-Scholars) Program is a research-intensive summer experience which prepares students for graduate and medical education in translational obesity research.
TOUR-Scholars will be matched with a faculty mentor, working across the obesity translational spectrum. Ten students will be chosen to participate.

VT-REEL: Securing Our Food

Deadline: 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. This translational experience will allow you to experience, first-hand, the process of both discovery and practical application through the study of plants, molecular processes, or by engaging in developing solutions to our food, fiber and fuel needs of the future. For the first 5-weeks, students will conduct research in a laboratory at Virginia Tech's main campus (Blacksburg, VA), with a member of our Translational Plant Sciences program. During the second 5-weeks students will work with a faculty member at one of three Agricultural Research and Extension Centers (AREC) in Suffolk, Painter or Virginia Beach, VA. Program participants will also engage in weekly workshops designed to help you make connections between basic and applied plant research, understand new molecular concepts, and to enhance your professional development. Students will receive a stipend of $4,500, housing and meals on the Blacksburg campus, and housing at the AREC campuses.