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 Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana is funded by the National Science Foundation through the Division of Undergraduate Education at Virginia Tech. The primary goal of this program is to engage motivated undergraduates in carefully selected research projects in sub-Sahara Africa towards extending their educational experiences at the global level. The areas of emphasis are ecology, environmental science and conservation biology. Participants will be immersed in the Ghanaian culture to provide them a meaningful experience in a stable West African country with an enormous selection of flora and fauna. Each year, seven students and a high school teacher will be selected to participate in the program.
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 ...