Hollins Partnership

The Global Change Center at Virginia Tech and Hollins University recently developed a unique graduate student recruitment model.  The program provides summer research experiences at Virginia Tech for select Hollins undergraduate students, with the explicit goal of identifying possible mentor-mentee connections/relationships for their future graduate training. This model was initially piloted in summer 2017 on a small scale, with the intent of scaling-up the initiative in future years.

The Global Change Center will:

  • Identify VT mentors that anticipate recruiting new graduate students into their labs in the coming 1-2 years.
  • Based on research interests, identify potential pairings between Virginia Tech faculty mentors and Hollins undergraduates.
  • Organize campus interviews for Hollins students.
  • Provide Hollins students with summer undergraduate research experiences through the Fralin Life Science Institute’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program, in conjunction with University-wide activities organized by the Virginia Tech Office of Undergraduate Research. Integration into these programs/activities will provide Hollins students with access to additional professional development activities such as research ethics and research symposia.
  • Provide research resources and infrastructure (e.g., lab space, equipment, supplies, etc.) for effective summer research experiences.
  • Monitor summer progress of research experience and mentor-mentee relationship, and provide follow-up logistical support for graduate school recruitment when promising mentor-mentee pairings are identified.

Hollins University will:

  • Identify outstanding mentees that anticipate attending graduate school in the coming 1-2 years.
  • Based on research interests, identify possible pairings between Virginia Tech faculty mentors and Hollins undergraduates and organize campus interviews for Hollins students.
  • Provide financial support for summer stipend and housing for Hollins students.
  • Monitor summer progress of research experiences and mentor-mentee relationships, and provide follow-up support for preparing students for graduate school when promising pairings are identified.