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

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.  

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 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 travel to present or perform your work.  Following are Undergraduate Research Institute Grants:





University Office of Undergraduate Research

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

Presenting Your Research

VT Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship Conference

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

ACC Meeting of the Minds

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

National Conference on Undergraduate Research

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.

Religion and Culture Undergraduate Research Day
Religion and Culture Undergraduate Research Day

Each Spring, we host a conference to give you an opportunity to present your research to other students and faculty.

Publishing Your Research


Each year, the College of Liberal and Human Sciences publishes a student-run undergraduate journal, which often includes submissions from students majoring in religion and culture.