ACC Creativity and Innovation Grant

Deadline to apply:

February 20, 2019 at 11:59pm

Faculty Endorsement Deadline:

February 25, 2019 at noon


The ACCAC Fellows Program in Creativity and Innovation supports undergraduates involved in student-driven projects at each of the ACC member campuses. Annually, each university recieves $12,500 and agrees to award between two and five ACCAC Fellowships.

This program directly connects undergraduate students to core ACC university missions of creativity and innovation. The ACCAC Fellows Program in Creativity and Innovation represents the conference's excellence in, and commitment to, quality undergraduate education.

Criteria for awards include, but are not limited to:
Intellectual Risk

Projects supported may include team-driven activities or individual projects, multi-university ventures, artistics endeavors, videos, and creative projects abroad. Examples of project include publication, artistic work, presentation, and video.


Virginia Tech ACC Creativity and Innovation Fellowships

Virginia Tech is offering competitive financial awards of up to $2,000 to support undergraduate research projects or creative works within any of the academic disciplines. Application review begins on February 20, 2019. Decisions will be made and applicants notified no later than March 22, 2019. Awards are to fund projects in the summer of 2019.

- VT undergraduate students with at least 30 credit hours of graded courses by the conclusion of Fall 2018
- VT undergraduates with an expected graduation date of December 2019 or later
- Commitment from a tenure-track or tenured faculty member to supervise the proposed project.
- Expected project completion by August 23, 2019

Funds can be used for:
1. A fellowship for the student
2. Project supplies
3. Research-related travel
4. Use of specialized research services

Note: Students cannot receive a research fellowship payment and get academic credit for that same research.

Students receiving an ACC Creativity and Innovation Grant must:
1. By September 1, 2019, submit a one-page summary of the completed research project, along with a statement of how the fellowship contributed to career, personal, and professional growth, to Keri Swaby.
2. Agree to participate in media-based highlights of the research. The research summary may appear on university web pages and could include an image of the student and an image reflective of the research project.
3. Present the project at the summer or spring VT Undergraduate Research Symposium.

***NOTE: In order to complete your application, your faculty mentor must provide their endorsement through an online form found here. Endorsements are due by Febrary 25, 2019 at noon. Applications will not be reviewed without faculty endorsement.


Please contact Keri Swaby with questions.

Summer 2018 Projects: 

Gravitational Wave Signal Filtering and the Physics of Compact Binary Coalescences

  • Student awardee: Eric D. Wuerfel, then majoring in Physics.
  • Faculty mentor: Lydia Patton, associate professor of philosophy.

Zebrafish as a Model for Studying Glioma

  • Student awardee: Mattie Ten Kate, then majoring in Neuroscience & Psychology.
  • Faculty mentor: Robyn Umans, postdoctoral associate.

The Effect of Antibiotic Concentrations in the Chobe River and sewage settling ponds on the Presence of Antibiotic Resistant Escherichia coli in Northern Botswana, Africa

  • Student awardee: Julia Tani, then majoring in Environmental Science.
  • Faculty mentor: Kathy Alexander, associate professor of fish and wildlife conservation.

Development of Drug-Loaded Optical Fibers for Cancer Therapy

  • Student awardee: Wenting Shi, then majoring in Chemical Engineering.
  • Faculty mentor: Rong Tong, assistant professor of chemical engineering.

Heathers: The Musical

  • Student awardee: Brooke Kampney, then majoring in theatre arts: general theatre.
  • Faculty mentor: Joe Court, of theatre sound.

Passively Resisting Frost and Ice Growth on Cables

  • Student awardee: Lance DeKoninck, then majoring in engineering science and mechanics.
  • Faculty mentor: Jonathan Boreyko, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and mechanics.

Summer 2017 Projects: 

Analysis of the Sustainability and Infrastructural Restructuring of Former Open Pit Mines

Audio/Visual Spatialization in the Cube

Do subtle biases affect the recruitment of community college students to STEM undergraduate research opportunities?

Informal Environments: A case study of the Hansens' House and the tradition of 'Open Form' architecture. 

International Built Environments

  • Student awardee: Airiel Barrientos, then a junior majoring in landscape architecture in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.
  • Faculty mentor: Cermetrius Bohannon, assistant professor of architecture.

Hong Kong's Use of Public Space

  • Student awardee: Rebecca Good, then a senior majoring in landscape architecture in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.
  • Faculty mentor: Cermetrius Bohannon, assistant professor of architecture.

Sorting Cells with Acoustics: Design, Fabrication and Operation of Acoustic Microfluidic Cell Sorter

Summer 2016 Projects: 

The architectural role of a door.

Development of an on-chip biosensor to quantify leukocyte phenotypes during sepsis.

  • Student awardee: Amina Rahimi, then a senior majoring in biochemistry in the College of Science
  • Faculty mentor: Caroline Jones, assistant professor of biological sciences.

The future of Honduras.

  • Student awardee: Rhiannon Hasenauer of Manahawkin, New Jersey, then a junior majoring in human development in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
  • Faculty mentor: Katherine Allen, professor of human development.

Habitat use of a rare rabbit species, Appalachian cottontail (Sylvilagus obscurus), in Roan, North Carolina.

  • Student awardee: Allison Moser, then a senior majoring in wildlife conservation in the College of Natural Resources and Environment.
  • Faculty mentor: W. Mark Ford, leader of Virginia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.

Probing medical architecture: A study of human-centered design.

  • Student awardee: Ge Zhou of Greenfield, Massachusetts, then a senior majoring in architecture in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies
  • Faculty mentor: Aki Ishida, assistant professor of architecture.

The role of leptin as a mediator of placental development and function in cattle.

  • Student awardee: Hannah Parker of Emporia, Virginia, then a senior majoring in animal and poultry sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Faculty mentor: Alan Ealy, associate professor of animal and poultry sciences.