Study: Undergrad research opportunities often lead to STEM doctorates

College students who participate in hands-on, faculty-mentored research while pursuing bachelor’s degrees gain personal and professional benefits that strengthen time-management, critical thinking and communication skills, and provide deep one-on-one connections with distinguished faculty through shared research interests.

Now, a finding by scientists at the University of Virginia and four collaborating institutions suggests that the value of structured undergraduate research programs ...

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Being in the moment: A student’s reflection from the VT Ecuador Study Abroad Trip

STUDENT REFLECTIONS FROM THE 2018 VT ECUADOR STUDY ABROAD TRIP

Written by Mark Feinberg, Undergraduate Student in the Water: Resources, Policy and Management Program within the College of Natural Resources

This trip has been the best experience in nature that I have ever had. We have visited places with the most amazing wildlife and food. In the highlands of the Andes, for example, we went to a lodge that had hundreds of hummingbirds. They would even land on you if you ...

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Hooked by a troop of howler monkeys

STUDENT REFLECTIONS FROM THE 2018 VT ECUADOR STUDY ABROAD TRIP

On a hot and humid day, on a scheduled hike in the lowlands of the Amazon forest, we hopped out of our canoe and started on what we thought was originally just a day hike. Within minutes we hear this deep, low-pitched booming call in the distance instantaneously recognized to be the call of a red howler monkey. Our Huarani guide Ramon immediately picks up pace ...

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Paleontological Opportunity for Undergraduates: Petrified Forest National Park, Summer 2018

The Virginia Tech Paleobiology Research Group is looking for 3 undergraduate students to participate in a field expedition in search of early dinosaurs and other reptiles in Upper Triassic strata (~215 million years old) in Petrified Forest National Park (mid- May to early June, 2018). These paid positions include: one summer scholar at Petrified Forest (10 weeks) and two scholars that will be part of a two-week expedition to the park. All three ...

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2018 GCC Science Policy Fellowship awarded to James Maze

The Global Change Center recently awarded an Undergraduate Science Policy Fellowship to James Maze to attend the Washington Semester Program during summer semester 2018.

James is majoring in Water: Resources, Policy, and Management at Virginia Tech. He is interested in integrating engineering-based solutions with government policy to solve problems related to water quality and water scarcity.

During spring semester 2017, James partnered with four graduate students to create an environmental policy addressing climate change. He and his team were finalists in the ...

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Hollins University students transform into young environmental researchers at Virginia Tech

From VT News

When Elaine Metz and Shannen Kelly started research at Virginia Tech in May, they already had an interest in improving the environment. But what they didn’t know was that they would soon be in the throes of fieldwork, complete with early mornings, heat, sweat, dirt, bug spray, and an ongoing threat of poison ivy.

Metz, of Salem, Virginia, and Kelly, of Tolland, Connecticut, both undergraduates at Hollins University, are spending the summer with Virginia Tech graduate students Read More →

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