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.

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 be awarding 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 the 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

At this conference, you can present research posters, papers, and projects. 

Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium
Annual Undergraduate Symposium

The annual symposium is a one-day event that showcases the wide variety of writing, research, and other content created by our students. 

ACC Meeting of the Minds

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

Glossolalia is now accepting submissions. Send your poetry and prose to glossolalia.lit@gmail.com by February 28th!

Glossolalia is an annual literary festival organized and curated by—and featuring original writing from—undergraduate students. This lively festival takes place over two days each Spring and includes readings and performances by undergraduate and graduate students, as well as from visiting writers selected by students. In addition to the two-day festival, students can help organize and participate in local reading nights in Blacksburg.

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.

Awards for Research

The Steger Prize for Poetry

This annual poetry competition is open to all undergraduates at Virginia Tech. Poems should be about, or speak to, the future. Only one entry is allowed per person.

The first prize is $1000, second prize is $500, and third prize is $300. There are also Honorable Mentions. Winners will be announced and read their poems at a public event in April. The winning poems will be published on the Steger Award website. The submissions remain the property of the authors.

See the submission cover sheet for more details.

The Martin Award for Literary Analysis

The Charles Martin Award honors the best critical essay on literature by a graduating senior in Literature & Language. Students graduating in December or May are eligible. Submissions must be analytical papers on literature and at least eight pages in length. The winner will be recognized at the English Department's May commencement ceremony and will receive a cash prize of $250. Those who submit must plan to attend.

See the submission cover sheet for more details.

Robert Dedman Jr. Award for Professional Writing

This award is made possible by a generous gift from Mr. Robert H. Dedman, President of ClubCorp International, Inc. The prize recognizes outstanding work in professional writing. The winner demonstrates the ability to create effective prose that explains, instructs, or persuades for a specific audience and purpose. The award comes with a cash prize of $245. It is available for English majors and minors enrolled in professional and technical writing courses or internships.

The application deadline is April 6; see the award's call for submissions for more details.

Armstrong Family Foundation Award for Design

The Armstrong Family Foundation Award for Communication Design recognizes outstanding communication design in professional writing. The award is presented for work that demonstrates the ability to design information for a specific purpose and audience. Submissions are evaluated in terms of the effectiveness of their communication design.

The award comes with a cash prize of $245 and the application deadline is April 6. See the award’s call for submissions for more details.

Publishing Your Research


Each year, the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences publishes a student-run undergraduate journal, which often includes submissions from students in language and literature, technical and professional writing, and creative writing majors.


Silhouette is a semi-annual publication for undergraduate and graduate work from Virginia Tech students in the areas of poetry, prose, photography, art, and all things creative.

Collegiate Times

The Collegiate Times, Blacksburg's oldest newspaper, was established in 1903 at Virginia Tech. It began as a sports-oriented newspaper but has grown into a student-run, bi-weekly publication covering campus news, features, sports and opinions.

VT Review

VT Review is an online literary magazine and the official journal of the Undergraduate Creative Writing Program, featuring the work of Virginia Tech’s undergraduate students. Issues are released in October, December, February, April, and July.