Opportunities outside the classroom
Undergraduate research programs:
The number of undergraduates participating in research has grown more than 50 percent over the last five years. While it is difficult to offer a research experience to every interested student, our faculty have made considerable efforts to work with undergraduates. Additionally, students may find opportunities in other departments.
- The Translational Obesity Undergraduate Research Scholars (TOUR-Scholars)
Note: application opens early each spring and is posted here when active
Under the umbrella of the Fralin Translational Obesity Center and its Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program, TOUR-Scholars is a research-intensive summer experience which prepares students for graduate and medical education in translational obesity research.
TOUR-Scholars will work across disciplines in a research project with two faculty mentors. Five to six undergraduate students from departments across Virginia Tech, including at least one student from a university or college outside of Virginia Tech, will be chosen to participate, and each student will receive a $3500 stipend.
Dr. Deborah Good is the program director and has previously overseen the HNFE Summer Scholars (2011-2013), and the USDA-funded USDA Scholars (2007-2010). Please contact her with any questions (email@example.com, 540-231-0430).
- Fralin Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)
This ten week training program is designed to give motivated undergraduates the opportunity to engage in full time (approx. 40 hours/week) research and related professional development activities that mirror graduate training. The experience will help students determine if they want to pursue a career in research while they develop skills for graduate school.
The program includes weekly research and professional development seminars, periodic social events, and a final symposium during which students will present their research. Students selected to participate iwill receive a $4,000 stipend.
- Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP)
An academic success community founded upon the principles of self-help, mentoring, and peer support.
Promotion of diversification in the student body and on the postgraduate level - particularly in the science, math, and technology areas.
Through a partnership with various departments, other colleges and university peers, governmental, private, and non-profit institutions, participants are supported with academic guidance and financial support.
Individual learning experiences:
- Field studies
Field study sites are commonly local physical therapy centers, dental offices, free clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, Virginia Tech athletics, and physician offices. Students enroll for one to three credit hours, with each credit hour requiring 45 hours of contact.
Summer Internship with the Family Nutrition Program of Virginia
Students teach nutrition education classes for children in low-income areas around the state using the Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids curriculum.
- Study abroad
The lock-step nature of the HNFE undergraduate curriculum creates some level of difficulty for students wanting to study abroad. We recognize this problem, and we also recognize the benefit of international experiences. A study abroad to China was offered in 2013 and 2015 and more trips are being planned to other locations.