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1 Virginia Tech University

2 A Wealth of Opportunities for Summer 2009

3 About Virginia Tech Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college. Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical Now a comprehensive, innovative research university with the largest full-time student population in Virginia At a glance... –Located in Blacksburg, Virginia –Eight colleges and graduate school Agriculture and Life SciencesArchitecture & Urban Studies Pamplin College of BusinessEngineering Liberal Arts and Human SciencesNatural Resources ScienceVirginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine –60 bachelor's degree programs; 140 master's and doctoral degree programs –30,000+ full-time students; 16:1 student-faculty ratio –125+ buildings, 2,600 acres, and an airport –Computing and communications complex for worldwide information access –Ranked 42nd in university research in the United States

4 Our Commitment Virginia Tech is committed to providing opportunities to learn new skills, network, and develop mentoring relationships with faculty, staff and other students. We uphold the values of our Virginia Tech Principles of Community.

5 Summer 2009 Opportunities Virginia Tech is pleased to offer opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students from Alliance member institutions in the summer of 2009. These opportunities will provide research experiences and valuable skills that will impact your academic and career goals.

6 Summer 2009: VBI Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) is a research institute dedicated to the study of the biological sciences. The research platform of VBI focuses on the "disease triangle" of host-pathogen-environment interactions. Work at VBI involves collaboration in diverse disciplines: Mathematics / Statistics Computer Science Biology / Synthetic Biology Plant Pathology Biochemistry Systems Biology Economics

7 VBI: Summer Undergraduate Programs Modeling and Simulation in Systems Biology (MSSB) reu-mssb-2009.pdf reu-mssb-2009.pdf Bioengineering and Bioinformatics Summer Institute (BBSI) ; Systems Biology Fellowships (SBF)

8 VBI Application Process Application Deadline is February 6, 2009 for all VBI programs 10 weeks: May 26 – July 31 Stipend, on-campus housing, meal plan, access to library & local transportation Students network and collaborate with students in MAOP summer program

9 VBI Contacts To learn more about these opportunities, please contact: Susan Faulkner Outreach & Education Officer 540-231-1259

10 Summer 2009: MAOP Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program Summer Research Internship for many disciplines, including several health and medical related areas 10 weeks: May 24 – July 31 $2,500 stipend, room & meal plan, GRE Preparation (possible MCAT), professional development & weekend activities

11 MAOP Opportunity in Veterinary Medicine Opportunity to explore research and hands-on training in Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Medicine not only taking care of cats and dogs; but includes many practical applications to the medical/health professions Typically supports up to 5 students with interest in a career in Veterinary Medicine or related field

12 MAOP Opportunity in VCOM Research Internships in the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) Hands-on experiences in a medical environment through research opportunities New opportunity exclusively for 3-5 Alliance participants

13 MAOP Opportunity in Health Research internships in health areas such as obesity, infectious diseases, vector- borne diseases and other health-related items that impact the medical/health fields Collaborations with cluster of faculty on various projects and experience in the lab environment Seeking 3-5 Alliance participants with interest in the above-mentioned areas

14 MAOP Application Process Application will be available after Thanksgiving Break Download and complete application at Note on application/cover letter that you are an Alliance participant Deadline is March 1, 2009

15 MAOP Contact To learn more about the MAOP opportunities, please contact: Cathy Fernandez-Weston Associate Director, MAOP 540-231-5023

16 Summer 2009: MII SURP Opportunity at Virginia Tech’s Macromolecules and Interfaces Institute (MII). It is their Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) FIVE positions exclusively Alliance participants who are interested in materials research at the interface between polymer science and medicine

17 MII SURP Details Targets rising juniors and seniors Eleven week program: May 26 – August 7 $6,300 stipend Responsible for lodging and meals Eligible for travel reimbursement Apply early--Review of applications will begin February 1, 2009

18 MII SURP Contacts For more information regarding the MII SURP opportunity, please contact: Angie Flynn 540.231.6717 or Mary Jane Smith 540.231.3704

19 Words of Advice Apply early! Indicate that you are a student from an Alliance institution Consider all of your options Be open to the research opportunity Think critically about how this experience can impact your career and educational goals

20 Support for Alliance Students at VT Academic and support services Network and engagement with peers from across the country Professional development & weekend activities with peers Presentation of your scholarly research at end- of-summer Research Symposia Continued relationships with faculty research mentor

21 Thank You! We look forward to some of you becoming a part of the VT Hokie community in the Summer of 2009! If you have questions about opportunities at Virginia Tech, please feel free to contact: –Karen Eley Sanders, / 540-231- –Ray Plaza, /

22 Jacquelyn McRae Sophomore in Chemistry Norfolk State University

23 The goal of the Alliance and its participating members is to provide you with opportunities to enhance your skills, increase your knowledge, and strengthen your determination to succeed. To sum it up, the main thrust of every academic representative here is to “HELP YOU HELP YOURSELF!!!” The Goal of the Alliance

24 nts.asp tm Additional Sources of Internship, Research and Fellowship Opportunities

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