The Fralin Undergraduate Research Fellowship program is a brand new, competitive award program that is open to all Virginia Tech undergraduates with a goal of increasing diversity in research. It is supported by the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Fralin Life Science Institute. Fifteen (15) fellowships of $1,000 will be awarded annually to individual students demonstrating academic capability and a strong interest in undergraduate research, to enable them to conduct research with a Virginia Tech faculty mentor over the course of one academic year. Students will apply to the program during late spring and summer, to begin their research projects in the fall.
· Students from any academic discipline are eligible for this award.
· Preference will be given to sophomores and juniors.
· Students are not required to have previous research experience.
· Students must have the commitment of a faculty mentor before they apply for an award. The faculty member must provide a written statement of their willingness to guide the student’s research project.
· Research projects are not restricted to the student’s primary area of study (major). Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary projects are welcomed.
· Students from underrepresented groups (including, but not limited to, ethnic minorities, first generation college students, students from low income areas, students with disabilities, LGBTQ, etc.) are strongly encouraged to apply.
· Students are required to conduct 12 hours of research per week with a Virginia Tech faculty member during the fall and spring semesters of one academic year.
· Students will receive a fellowship of $500 at the end of each semester of research, for the duration of one academic year.
· Students are required to meet with Dr. Dennis Dean, Director of the Fralin Life Science Institute, at least once during the research year, likely at a small group luncheon.
· Students are required to prepare a brief synopsis of research progress at the end of each semester. This must be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Research (via email to email@example.com) by the last day of classes each semester.
· Students are expected to present their research results at the end of the research year.
· Students will conduct research with a faculty member who has already agreed to mentor them, working on an ongoing or new project of mutual agreement between student and mentor. The student does not need to design a unique project.
· Student awarded a fellowship may not register for undergraduate research credit for the same research project during the award term (one academic year).
For more information and access to the online application form, please visit this link. The priority application deadline is August 7, 2017 at 11:59pm, with the first round of awards being made by August 23.
Questions about the program or application procedures should be directed to Keri Swaby (email:firstname.lastname@example.org).
Learn more about the 2016-17 Fellows
The 2016-2017 inaugral group of fellows recently completed their research projects. Learn more about them here.