Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Seed Grant Program


Each year, the Global Change Center (GCC) at Virginia Tech accepts proposals from graduate students to support interdisciplinary research and research-related travel. Proposals addressing both basic and applied aspects of global change science are considered, and priority is given to funding proposals that advance the collaborative and interdisciplinary mission of the GCC.
Funding decisions are made by a committee of Ph.D. fellows and post-docs, providing them with professional development opportunities as grant review panel members.


Global Change Science

Heather Govenor

Water Quality

Using tracers to reveal sediment fate and transport patterns in freshwater streams

Jon Doubek. et al.

Greenhouse Gases

Assessing the effects of freshwater plankton food webs on methane emissions

Dave Millican

Flagship Species

Assessing the potential of a new flagship species for Namibian conservation

Laura Schoenle

Avian Malaria

Mechanisms underlying the effect of glucocorticoids on the response to avian malaria infection

Alyssa Smith

Invasive Species

Ploidy plasticity:
exploring novel mechanisms of stress tolerance in a global invader

Carl Wepking

Antibiotic Resistance

Effect of livestock antibiotics on leaf breakdown and shredder function in streams

Tamara Fetters, et al.

Invasive Species

Parasitism, MHC diversity, and selection in an invasive lizard and its native cogener

Scott Davies

Urbanization Impacts

The physiological causes of elevated aggression in urban birds