Our faculty takes great pride in the humanities, social and human science, and creative research our students undertake. Our college provides various forms of support to help you conduct, fund, present, and publish your research.
Undergraduate Research Opportunities
You can register for our independent study or undergraduate research courses, which provide opportunities to complete a research project with the guidance of a faculty mentor. Ask your academic advisor for more information.
Our faculty enjoy sharing their research with students. If you're curious about a professor's area of research, ask about pursuing a collaborative project. Or, invite a professor to mentor you while pursing your own ideas.
In the University Honors Program you will complete a thesis to fulfill requirements for the “in Honors” or “Honors Baccalaureate” degrees. It is an excellent opportunity to develop and demonstrate your knowledge and to prepare for graduate study or careers requiring advanced research skills.
- Cinema- Susanna Rinehart
- Classical Studies – Trudy Becker
- Communication Studies – Douglas Cannon
- Consumer Studies – Julia Beamish
- Creative Writing - Laura Ferguson
- Criminology - Kwame Harrison
- English – Laura Ferguson
- Family and Consumer Sciences- Julia Beamish
- Fashion Merchandising and Design – Julia Beamish
- French – Fabrice Teulon
- German – Debra Stoudt
- History – Heather Gumbert
- Human Development – Kathy Surface
- International Public Policy - Yannis Stivachtis
- International Relations - Yannis Stivachtis
- International Studies – Yannis Stivachtis
- Multimedia Journalism – Douglas Cannon
- Music – Jason Crafton
- National Security and Foreign Affairs - Yannis Stivachtis
- Philosophy – Joe Pitt
- Philosophy, Politics, and Economics – Michael Moehler
- Political Science – Courtney Thomas
- Professional and Technical Writing - Laura Ferguson
- Property Management – Julia Beamish
- Public Relations – Douglas Cannon
- Religion and Culture – Matthew Gabriele
- Residential Environments and Design- Julia Beamish
- Russian – Nyusya Milman-Miller
- Sociology – Kwame Harrison
- Spanish – Annie Hesp
- Theatre Arts – Susanna Rinehart
Funding Your Research
Grants to fund research and presentations in the fall and spring are available each year. The application is open to undergraduate students majoring or minoring in the college and working with a faculty mentor. The funds may cover the cost of conducting research or for travel to present or perform work.
To apply, complete the application and request a facutly endorsement:
Department representatives are invited to apply for funds to support a research event. Apply now:
Many departments have funds to support research. Ask your advisor for more information.
Each year the ACC Undergraduate Research Scholars Award Committee offers funding to support the research of highly qualified students.
For more information about how Virginia Tech will be awarding this support, contact:
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs
104 Buruss Hall (0717)
800 Drillfield Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061
The University Office of Undergraduate Research offers Conference Travel Funds to present your work.
Presenting Your Research
Virginia Tech Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship Conference
The Office of Undergraduate Research hosts this conference each April, where you can present undergraduate research posters, papers, and projects.
English Undergraduate Research Conference
Every year, the English Department hosts an Undergraduate Research Conference giving students the opportunity to showcase their work in a public forum. This event includes an entire day of research and writing.
Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference
Each spring, the Phi Alpha Theta history honors society sponsors a series of regional conferences.