Fralin Life Science Institute
The Fralin Life Science Institute is an investment institute committed to supporting research, education, and outreach in Virginia Tech’s life sciences community. Affiliated faculty members are given resources necessary to explore new, innovative science that benefits people in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the world.
The Fralin Life Science Institute strategically invests in targeted research areas within the life sciences. Such investments include recruitment and set-up support for new faculty members, retention and recognition of established faculty members, seed funds for new research projects, equipment purchases, graduate student recruitment and support, undergraduate research support, and support for outreach activities.
In 2014, the Institute provided seed funding to develop a white paper on the establishment of a Global Change Center (GCC). When the GCC was officially chartered in January 2015, Fralin expanded its commitment by providing start-up funding, office space, and administrative and grant-writing support for the new Center. Fralin Hall is now the home of the Global Change Center, and the Institute continues to nurture this new initiative.
The Graduate School
The Graduate School at Virginia Tech currently supports 14 Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Programs (IGEPs) to promote and sustain interdisciplinary graduate education and research at Virginia Tech. Each IGEP addresses a major fundamental problem or complex societal issue requiring an interdisciplinary team of scholars.
The Interfaces of Global Change IGEP, which is housed in the Global Change Center, provides doctoral students with a unique interdisciplinary perspective and skill set that will enable them to tackle complex problems at the interfaces of global change. Students in the program participate in GCC-sponsored workshops, seminars, outreach activites, and social events. Funding from the Graduate School provides the IGC IGEP with 4 fellowships per year (which include funding for tuition costs and a monthly stipend), as well as support for recruitment and administration of the program.
School of Public and International Affairs
The School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA), is one of four schools in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies (CAUS) at Virginia Tech. SPIA seeks to offer insight and support for the most pressing policy questions of our time, and to be a voice for public service and the importance of research and knowledge in the policy-making process.
Through their Washington Semester Program, SPIA collaborates with the Global Change Center to provide undergraduate science and engineering students with opportunities to work on challenging science policy issues within the nation’s capital. The GCC provides competitive Science-Policy Fellowships to cover tuition, fees and housing costs for students enrolled in the Washington Semester.
The Institute for Society, Culture and Environment
The Institute for Society, Culture and Environment (ISCE) is a university research investment institute that fosters and facilitates research, scholarships, and creative efforts of faculty in the social sciences, humanities, and the arts. The institute provides financial support and technical assistance for the development of strategic areas of interdisciplinary research addressing global issues, human development and health, social complexity, risk and resilience, public humanities, and build environments. ISCE provides a forum for faculty members to collaborate on contemporary social issues by integrating the human element into technology and science-based research and practice.
ISCE partners with the Global Change Center to provide Seed Grant funding for interdisciplinary research that crosses social, engineering, and biophysical science boundaries.
Office of Undergraduate Research
The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) promotes undergraduate research opportunities at Virginia Tech. This includes experiential learning activity that synthesizes knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom and unique undergraduate research opportunities.
The OUR serves the Virginia Tech community by facilitating the engagement of undergraduates in authentic research experiences in all areas of scholarship, especially those mentored by Virginia Tech faculty. The office offers services and support to enhance the undergraduate research experience by helping students find research opportunities, promoting dissemination of student research, providing data and programmatic support for grant-sponsored undergraduate research programs, and ensuring compliance with policies.
The OUR partners with the Global Change Center to provide support in developing new undergraduate research initiatives and in writing proposals to fund undergraduate experiential learning.
The Virginia Water Resources Research Center
The Virginia Water Resources Research Center (VWRRC) offers resources and support to researchers, educators, and decision makers throughout the state of Virginia. We do this by facilitating collaborative research, extension, and education programs to develop solutions to water resource challenges. We work across Virginia’s academic institutions and with federal, state, regional, nonprofit, and campus communities.
The VWRRC partners with the Global Center Center to support interdisciplinary research and training initiatives on water issues.
The Center for Communicating Science
The Center for Communicating Science creates and supports opportunities for scientists, scholars, health professionals, and others to develop their abilities to communicate and connect. The Center provides workshops and courses in which tools from the arts are used to help participants become better science communicators.
The Center for Communicating Science partners with the Global Change Center to provide training opportunities for affiliated faculty and graduate students.
Hollins University is a small, private women’s college in Roanoke, Virginia, offering a rigorous liberal arts education for undergraduate students. The school is committed to providing science undergrads with opportunities to learn in the laboratory and in the field. More than 75% of Hollins students complete an internship or study abroad.
The Global Change Center partners with Hollins to provide summer research training opportunities for Hollins students in laboratories at Virginia Tech.