Building on Virginia Tech’s strengths in science and engineering, the Division of Undergraduate Education, through funding from a prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute Science Education Grant, offers a novel and innovative new program focused on interdisciplinary undergraduate studies and research, aptly named Scieneering.
Science and engineering sophomores and juniors selected to become Scieneers will participate in coursework leading to minors in Interdisciplinary Engineering and Science or Science, Engineering and Law and conduct at least 3 credit-hours of interdisciplinary research mentored by faculty outside their major discipline. This is a great opportunity for students to gain experience tackling real-world, multi-dimensional problems under the direction of a qualified mentor. Scieneers receive a stipend and funds to purchase supplies pertinent to their selected research project.
Current Scieneers come from more than 10 majors and perform interdisciplinary research under the direction of one of over 100 voluntary faculty mentors in a complementary discipline.
The office provides university-wide leadership for the undergraduate research enterprise by collaborating with colleges, departments, students, and faculty to develop an undergraduate research system that successfully serves the university's mission and strategic plan. The office supports and promotes undergraduate opportunities to engage in discovery, inquiry, and creative scholarship through mentored research experiences.
Visit the Office for Research Undergraduate Research page for students’ stories about their research experiences.
University Honors provides helpful advice for finding, enrolling in and publishing the results of undergraduate research opportunities. Read more ...