Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Independent Study and Undergraduate Research

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.

Collaborations with Faculty

Department faculty are always interested in talking to students about their research. If you're curious about a professor's area of research, ask about pursuing a collaborative project. 

Honors Thesis

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.

Research Facilities

Our research facilities consist of several experimental and observation rooms. The Virginia Tech Gaming and Media Effects Research Laboratory (VT G.A.M.E.R. Lab) is housed in Shanks Hall 033. The lab resembles a living-room setting and facilitates research investigating the social effects of video games and related media technology. Under the direction of assistant professor Dr. James D. Ivory, the lab conducts numerous research projects each year and hosts several research colloquia during spring semesters.

Research equipment contained in the labs includes the Biopac MP35 system with peripherals to measure skin conductance (EDA), electrocardiogram (ECG), facial electromyogram (EMG), electroencephalogram (EEG), noninvasive blood pressure, and push-button reaction time tasks. The research facilities also house Perception Analyzer real-time-response equipment, multiple large plasma-screen monitors, multiple video game console systems (e.g., PS2, Xbox360, Nintendo Wii, PS3), multiple presentation systems, networked laptop computer system, and dedicated internal wireless servers.

We also have an open space room where most group-administered research projects, such as computer-assisted experiments and surveys, focus groups, and projects using the Perception Analyzer, are conducted. The facilities include a two-way mirror, an observation room, and multi-purpose rooms designed to accommodate research projects involving individual or small groups of research participants.

Finding Funding

ACC Research Scholars

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 award this support, contact:

Rachel Holloway
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs
104 Buruss Hall (0717)
800 Drillfield Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Undergraduate Research Institute

The college offers grants to fund research and presentations in the fall and spring each year. Funding opportunities are available to undergraduate students who are majoring, minoring, or  working with faculty mentors in the college. You can receive a grant to conduct research as well as to traveling to present or perform their work.  The following are Undergraduate Research Institute Grants:





University Office of Undergraduate Research

The Office of Undergraduate Research offers research opportunities, connects students and faculty, awards research and travel grants, and sponsors an annual student conference.

Presenting Your Research

New Alt Tag

This conference allows you to present research posters, papers, and projects.

Virginia Social Science Association

Each spring, the Virginia Social Science Association hosts a meeting that features presentations from students and faculty. 

Systems of Justice Class

Each spring, the ACC puts on a conference that highlights undergraduate research. Presenters are chosen by each participating university.

Undergraduate Research Institute

This interdisciplinary conference hosts students representing universities, both nationally and internationally. They present their research and creative works in oral, poster, performance, and visual arts presentations.

Publishing Your Research


Each year, the College of Liberal and Human Sciences publishes a student-run undergraduate journal, which often includes submissions from students in the communication studies, multimedia journalism, and public relations majors.