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Have you been searching for a professional and quiet place to conduct your job/internship/graduate school interview?

Virginia Tech Career and Professional Development is excited to offer students the ability to book private rooms for virtual or phone interviews. Our interview rooms are located in the Smith Career Center Building, 2nd Floor. Each interview room is equipped with hard-wired computers containing built-in webcams and microphones so that you can complete your interview privately and professionally.

Interview rooms are booked for 90 minutes, available 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and can be reserved by calling 540-231-8089 or 540-231-3997 up to one week in advance of your interview. Rooms are reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The use of interview space is only available for those individuals who need a private room to conduct employment or graduate school admission interviews. 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the Fall 2021 Skillshop Series hosted by Career and Professional Development.  This series focuses on the skills you need to be career ready!

Join us for any of our three Fall Skillshop Series sessions to get some tips, tricks, and further insight into how to WOW your current or future employer! We will talk Strengths, professionalism, and what makes YOU unique. Register for each session on Handshake by the day + time of each event.  Search Fall 2021 Skillshop Series.

Engaging Your Strengths at Work – October 6, 5:30 – 6:30 PM – Learn more about your CliftonStrengths and how using your unique skilset can help you achieve success at work.

The Art of Professionalism – November 3, 5:30 – 6:30 PM – Learn more about professionalism and why Virginia Tech employers rate it as the #1 skill for career success.

Marketing Your Experience – December 1, 5:30 – 6:30 PM – Learn more about how to market and promote the skills you have gained during your co-op, internship, or work experience.

Smith Career Center | www.career.vt.edu | 540.231.6241

Rotational Finance Fellowship (For those graduating in Dec. 2021 or May 2022)

Applications are now open for the Vice President for Finance Rotational Fellowship. This year-long program provides participants with wide-ranging and engaging experiences working with the multiple Finance departments and the overall higher education administration of Virginia Tech.

This 12-month, benefitted staff position has a flexible start depending on your expected graduation date. Please visit our website for more information, and apply here by October 31, 2021.

This is one of the Finance division’s signature InclusiveVT initiatives, with the goal of creating an employment pipeline that draws from the university’s talented, diverse student body.  The program has a strong track record of a participants being hired into full-time higher education administration roles across the Commonwealth.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Rotational Internship Program (for rising juniors and seniors during Summer 2022)

Applications are now open for a paid internship in Summer 2022 in Blacksburg! Our 12 week rotational internship program offers students a hands-on experience working with the university financial offices. While learning about how higher education works “behind the scenes”, program participants will complete a specified track, that may be in the areas of:

  • Budgeting, Financing, and Capital Planning
  • Accounting
  • Data Analytics and Solutions
  • Procurement
  • Student Services

The program runs May-August 2022.

Please visit our website for more information, and apply here by January 2, 2022. Please contact us if you have any questions.

As part of the SURE (Speakers and Undergraduate Research Engagement) program and BEPUR class in the math department, we're pleased to host Dr. Pratima Hebbar (Duke) visiting to give a seminar on Monday, Oct. 11, 4:00-4:50pm in McBryde 452 titled "Modeling Cell Growth with Branching Processes."

Following her seminar 4:50-5:20 we'll also have a student fireside chat in the same room. It will be hosted by SURE and AWM, and we encourage all undergrad and grad students to attend!

Abstract:

In this talk, I will first introduce Galton-Watson Branching Processes and discuss some well-known results about their long-time behavior. Then, I will consider a stochastic model for the evolution of a cell population, where the number of cells grow according to a supercritical continuous-time Galton-Watson process. In addition, the mass of each cell grows in time according to a deterministic function. At the moment of branching, the total mass of the parent cell is divided among two child cells. Each child receives a random proportion of the mass of its parent cell. In a recent paper, we consider different types of growth functions, which depend on both the mass and time, and derive the long-time asymptotics of the distribution of the mass of a typical cell. I will discuss the proofs of these results as well as present numerical simulations of this model.

Biographical Sketch: 

Dr. Pratima Hebbar is an Assistant Research Professor at the Department of Mathematics at Duke University. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, College Park in 2019. Her research work is in the field of Probability, Partial Differential Equations and Dynamical Systems.

The Virginia Tech Department of Ag and Applied Economics is pleased to offer a new, fully online graduate program that integrates applied economics with data science.

Now accepting Spring 2022 and Fall 2022 applications!

Quick Facts about the Program:

  • Integrates Economics foundation with big data, programming, and data analytics
  • Prepares students for in-demand positions in a variety of fields (e.g. food and ag, finance, consulting, supply chain logistics, etc.)
  • Flexible schedule allows students to learn at their own pace
  • Cohort structure supports students and broadens the students’ network
  • Students join the program from diverse undergraduate majors, including economics, math, environmental science, finance, agricultural science, etc. 
  • The program is well suited for those interested in veterinary or medical school looking to skill up and diversify their background before applying.

If interested, we encourage you to APPLY.  We host a Zoom information session about the Ag and Applied Economics MS Program each Wednesday at @ 12 pm EDT/11 am CDT and encourage you to attend! Registration for the webinar can be found HERE.

Virginia Space Grant Consortium’s (VSGC) 2022-23 Scholarship/Fellowship program is now accepting applications. Please see attached flyers for the Undergraduate Research Scholarship and the Graduate Research Fellowship. You may find more information and link to the application at the websites below.

The research must be of interest to NASA, student-led, and faculty mentored. We typically award about 50 students through these two research opportunities. Scholarships/Fellowships are only open to VSGC member institutions which include Hampton University, Old Dominion University, Virginia Tech, University of Virginia, and William & Mary.

Undergrad Research Scholarships:  http://vsgc.odu.edu/undergraduatescholarships

(Graduate Research Fellowships: http://vsgc.odu.edu/graduatefellowships)

Deadline to apply is January 28, 2022!  Letters of reference are due on Feb. 4, 2022.

The 4th annual Aerospace, Defense, and Intelligence Career Fair will be held on September 28-29, 2021.

Due to the unpredictable nature of the fall semester, this year’s career fair will be a hybrid event. We are excited to offer students two great formats to interact with employers - with one day in-person on campus and a second day on the virtual platform Brazen. 

The purpose is to provide a professional setting for companies to directly connect with top students for potential internship, co-operative, and/or full-time employment opportunities in the national security field. Over the course of our hybrid event, employers will have an opportunity to meet with students, acquire their resume, and hold interviews. 

Details: 

  • Tuesday, September 28 - In person in Commonwealth Ballroom/Squires 10am-4pm
  • Wednesday, September 29 - In person interview day (by invite) in Commonwealth Ballroom 10am-2pm
  • Wednesday, September 29 - Virtual session on Brazen, 10am-2pm

*Due to health and safety concerns, we will be limiting the number of students in the ballroom to 100 per hour. In the registration process, we request students indicate what session they plan to attend.  Following university guidelines for events at Virginia Tech facilities, masks will be  required in indoor public spaces.

**In the chance that health and safety guidelines change, we will fully move to Brazen.

Student Registration links:

IN PERSON bit.ly/ADICareer21

VIRTUAL bit.ly/ADIbrazen21

Event webpage

List of employers

The start of September means that Study Abroad Week 2021 (September 20-24) is just weeks away!

Monday, September 20

  • Study Abroad 101 Presentation, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm, Surge Space Building Room 103A, Capacity: 70, Zoom available
  • Bringing the World to You: Presentation for Mozaiko LLC Residents (closed event), 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Harper Hall

Tuesday, September 21

  • First to Study Abroad: Presentation for GenerationOne LLC Residents (closed event), 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm, LLC Community Room, Pritchard

Wednesday, September 22

  • Fall Fair - Due to the potential for thunderstorms and heavy rain on Wednesday, the Fall Fair has been moved to the Squries Student Center - Commonwealth Ballroom. , 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. The Global Education O­ffice will be closed at this time.

Thursday, September 23

  • Steger Center Information Session, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Newman Library Multipurpose Room, Capacity: 50, Zoom available
  • So you want to study abroad during a pandemic: A presentation on health, safety, and adaptability, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Lavery Hall Room 345, Capacity: 48, Zoom available

Friday, September 24

  • Funding Your Study Abroad, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Surge Space Building Room 103A, Capacity: 70, Zoom available

Study Abroad Week events will be offered in-person. To accommodate persons who prefer to attend virtually, sessions will also be delivered on Zoom (with exception of the Fall Fair on the Drillfield). Attendees joining on Zoom should register here.

The Associate ofor Women in Mathematics (AWM) is hosting a Welcome Social with pizza and board games!

Time: 7pm Location: Math Commons Room (McBryde 455)

AWM welcomes anyone interested as a new member! We welcome any Hokie who is FOR women in mathematics.

The Engineering Expo is September 14-17. Do not miss this opportunity!

  • In-Person September 14th-16th, 2021.
  • Online September 16th-17th, 2021.

 See https://expo.sec.vt.edu for a list of the companies that will be participating, information on how to register, the schedule, and other resources. 

Alternative Breaks: Our winter and spring alternative break trips are designed to connect students with community members through engaging, experiential service and learning opportunities. These hands-on experiences prompt learning about community social topics, encourage self-understanding, and inspire commitment to future action. Students can participate as either a leader or participant! Registration is open until September 14.   https://bit.ly/SteUp22

The Hokies Vote Caucus is currently open to students committed to non-partisan voter engagement and education. Members will have the opportunity to participate in voter registration drives, planning and hosting several civic holiday events in the fall semester, and hosting deliberative dialogues in the spring semester. Registration is open until September 14. https://bit.ly/HVC21

For more information or requests for accommodations for Alternative Breaks or Hokies Vote Caucus contact:  Jes Davis, Assistant Director, Leadership & Civic Engagement jesdavis@vt.edu I 540-231-6947

The Connection Job Fair will be held Wednesday, September 29 from 10am-4pm on the Brazen platform. This fair is open to all Virginia Tech students. Employers are seeking students in all majors to fill full-time, part-time, co-op, and internship positions. To view the list of employers, you can visit the Handshake student page. To register, CLICK HERE.

September 22, 5:30-7pm, Holtzman Alumni Center

The First-Generation Meet and Greet event is to connect undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and staff that identify as first-generation. The goal is to build a strong support network for our students on their journey to degree completion. There will be light refreshments, networking, and information about campus resources and opportunities available to first-generation students.

The Cook Counseling Center is excited to increase supportive spaces and embedded and liaison providers.  We are also excited to be able to meet with Hokies in person again!  After a difficult year, we anticipated that we would likely see an increase in students seeking appointments and were hopeful that our triage process would be able to keep up with student needs.

At this point, we are aware that appointments for triage are sometimes being scheduled further than our goal of 1 week.  For those students, we are also offering additional resources and support while they wait for the appointment.  

These options include:

Cook Counseling Center Virtual Coping Schedule and Resources

Drop in Support and Skills - this will be a space to develop skills to lower intense emotional experiences like high distress/anxiety; we'll also discuss tools to feel more relaxed/calm/centered. It's also a space to connect with others that might understand what you are going through. 

Support Groups

We also want to remind students about campus partners who have resources for support/skills. 

Hokie Wellness Mental Health On Demand Resources

In addition, crisis support is always available for students with immediate distress and needs that cannot safely wait for an appointment.  Crisis consultations are at our Oak Lane office during business hours or at 540-231-6557 at any time.

In the spirit of Ut Prosim, We ask that those students scheduled for a Cook Connect appointment, let us know at least the business day before their scheduled appointment if they cannot attend.  This will allow another student to use that appointment time. 

Cook Counseling Center operations updates can be found at: www.ucc.vt.edu

SAVE the DATE! Mark your calendar! February 17-21, 2022

COMAP’S Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) and Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling are international contests open to undergraduate students of all disciplines. The MCM/ICM contest problems are designed to provide students with the opportunity to work as team members to engage in and improve their modeling, problem solving, and writing skills. Teams from your school apply mathematics to model and develop a solution to a real-world problem.

REGISTER: https://www.comap.com/undergraduate/contests/mcm/register.php

Each team can have up to three students from the same school. There is no limit on the number of teams a school can register for the contest. Team members may work virtually. Teams work together on the contest problem over the extended weekend February 17-21, 2022. 

Planning to attend the Graduate and Professional School Fair on October 4? Click here for information about a session to help you prepare for this.

The Putnam Mathematical Competition will be held Saturday, December 4, 2021. The competition consists of two sessions:

  • 10:00 am--1:00 pm (part A)
  • 3:00 pm-- 6:00 pm (part B)

There is no deadline for signing up but there is a registration procedure. Interested students should send an e-mail to klaus@math.vt.edu. There will be practice sessions in October and November.

Attention Seniors!

Want to learn more about the Hertz Fellowship? Join us on Thursday, September 23 @ 10am (EST) for a presentation by the Director of Hertz Fellowship Program.

Registration: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIpcOmspjgvE9FusdzZ1LJk9jA1PfqbQXCc  

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

All eligible applicants must:

  • be college seniors, first-year graduate students, or in a gap year preparing to apply to graduate school
  • intend to pursue a PhD in the applied physical and biological sciences, mathematics, or engineering
  • intend to direct their studies toward understanding and solving major, near-term problems facing society
  • be citizens or permanet residents of the United States

 

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence developed the Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (IC CAE) program at select universities to help meet the IC's critical need for diverse personnel who possess the technological, analytical, and critical language capabilities needed for the 21st Century world.

Virginia Tech is helping develop the pipeline of qualified candidates through a targeted development of national security seminars, research in IC-relevant topics, curriculum development, student funding for language programs and study abroad, and internship/co-op facilitation with IC agencies, national labs, and related industries.

Video on IC CAE

BENEFITS

Students who participate in this program will garner significant benefits to their educational and long-term career goals by:

  • Scholarship opportunities for research, language immersion programs, travel abroad programs, and more
  • Opportunity to visit IC agency headquarters such as the CIA, NSA, NGA, and others
  • Having access to our campus visitors from national agencies, labs and private companies involved in National Security work, National Security symposium speakers, and research sessions
  • One-on-one face time with representatives of the IC to gain a better understanding of the reality of work within the IC
  • Gaining exposure to the work of National Security and understanding the structure and function of the 17 Intelligence Community Agencies
  • Improving critical thinking skills, communication capabilities and other core skills desired by the IC and by any employer
  • Improving the understanding of global affairs and obtaining better awareness of different cultures and societies
  • Assistance in resume development for pursuing Intelligence Agency co-ops, internships and full-time employment
  • Assistance in finding and obtaining co-op/internship positions and full-time employment through the program's direct connections to the IC and related companies 

 

STUDENT EXPECTATIONS

There are two levels of IC CAE participation: IC CAE Scholars and Hume IC CAE Research Fellows.

 IC CAE Scholars are required to:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Maintain good academic and Honor code status while enrolled in the program
  • Obtain a minimum of 6 points for the academic year.*
  • Points can be accumulated by any of the following:
    • Participate in events;
      • Examples include Hume Seminar Series, IC CAE workshops (such as intel brief writing, IC resume development, ins/outs of security clearances, etc.), IC CAE field trips to IC Agencies, and the spring colloquium
    • Attend the annual Colloquium during the spring semester;
    • Provide resume to be shared in the Hume Center’s annual resume book;
    • Complete coursework in the area of Intelligence and/or National Security, Cybersecurity, STEM-related, Foreign Language.
    • Keep an up-to-date listing of the internships/co-ops/jobs applied to, and report this information when requested via the NSEP Participant Survey;
    • Complete any additional questionnaires/surveys as requested to aid in gathering data and improving programming.

*In order to be eligible for the Hume IC CAE Research Fellowship program, you must obtain a minimum of 8 points per academic year.

Hume IC CAE Research Fellows receive financial support through the scholarship program and are required to:

Meet all requirements as listed for the IC CAE Scholars and;

  • Obtain a minimum of 8 points for the academic year;
  • Develop and present a research poster and/or oral presentation at the Hume Center Annual Colloquium (April);

 

TO APPLY

To apply to join the IC CAE program as a scholar:  Apply Here

If you have any questions about ICCAE or the application process, please read the Frequently Asked Questions or contact iccae@vt.edu.

The deadline to apply to run in the inaugural elections of the Undergraduate Student Senate at Virginia Tech has been extended to September 30 at 11:59 PM.

A note from the Undergraduate Student Senate:

Hello, student leaders! It is not too late to run in the upcoming elections for the Undergraduate Student Senate at Virginia Tech! We have extended the deadline for the Candidate Packets to September 30 at 11:59 PM, and we need YOU to apply so that we can have a full representative governing body for undergraduate Hokies! The positions of President, Vice President for Issues and Policy, Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, Vice President for Administration, and Vice President for Finance, as well as College Senator and At-Large Senator are open, and we feel you would be a great fit. Please see the attached document to find position descriptions of each of these roles. If you are interested in joining the Undergraduate Student Senate at Virginia Tech and becoming a part of something truly great, please apply on GobblerConnect today! If you want more information about the USS and what it means to be a representative be sure to check us out on our website, social media, and GobblerConnect page, all of which can be found at https://linktr.ee/ussatvt. Feel free to also send us an email at uss@vt.edu! We look forward to seeing your Candidate Packet by September 30! Go Hokies!

Academic resources offered by the Student Success Center are listed below.

  1. Drop-in Tutoring
  2. Academic Success Seminars
  3. Peer Academic Coaching

What do we most wish students knew about our services?

  • If in-person tutoring appointments are full, try looking for virtual appointments or drop-in sessions--we have plenty of availability there!
  • Our peer academic coaches can provide weekly appointments personalized toward students’ academic goals (e.g., improving study skills or time management).
  • Our services are free and open to students at all levels.

VT Engage: The Center for Leadership and Service Learning is excited to request proposals from students for the 2021-22 John E. Dooley Student Engagement Grant (JEDSEG). This grant is made possible by the generosity of many donors, and funds highly motivated students or student teams planning to implement community-based civic engagement projects. This year there is a total of $1,500 available (one $1500 grant or two, $750 grants) with an application deadline of October 10 at 11:59pm. Recipients of the grant will be notified in mid-October and projects should be completed by April 9, 2022. 

 

Details and related proposal forms can be found at: https://engage.vt.edu/programs/grants.html

Click here for Career Resources for International Students provided by the office of Career and Professional Development.

Additionally, if you are an international student and researching employers attending fairs in Handshake, note that you have the option to filter by both “Accepts OPT/CPT” and “Will sponsor or doesn’t require US work visa”. This may be helpful as you consider which employers you want to meet.

The University Libraries has curated a list of strategies and legal solutions for students having difficulty affording their textbooks. Click here for more information. 

 You’ve heard about the CIA, but have you ever considered working in it?  Have you wondered what the CIA really does or considered whether or not your background, academic track, or skill set might be of interest them. This information session is your opportunity to gain answers to all of these questions and more.  It is being delivered by current CIA Officer who will give you an overview, including the CIA’s mission and structure, information about the extensive career opportunities, and provide a quick look into the benefits and application process.  A Q&A session will follow the presentation.   

This is your opportunity to begin connecting with CIA's VTECH Recruiter, so bring your resume.  The Agency hires all academic majors and has extensive student opportunities, to include scholarships! 

All positions require US citizenship. 

To Register for the September 28th Information Session (7:00-8:00 p.m.)  call the Career Center at 540-231-3997 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. by September 24th.    Please do not express interest in Handshake or attempt to register via email.  The CIA is looking forward to meeting you.

Virginia Tech Student Athlete Academic Support Services is looking for tutors for the Fall 2021 semester.

Requirements: 3.0 GPA or above; current student at Virginia Tech; reasonable availability (5+ hours/week)

Starting Pay: $9.50/hr

Online application: https://www.saass.vt.edu/saass-services/tutorial-assistance/tutor-app-form.html

For more information contact Kelsey Wooten at Wkels@vt.edu

STRIVE for MORE (Success Through Rewarding, Inclusive Virtual Experiences for Mathematics: Opportunities in Research and Education) is a virtual workshop to engage undergraduate students in highly relevant mathematics tied to applications that address societal needs and encourage them to consider graduate studies and careers in mathematics. Participants will learn about cutting edge research from a leading mathematician, engage in discussions with graduate students, and participate in panel discussions on research, summer opportunities and the pathway to mathematical careers. This workshop series is a cooperative effort between Clemson University and Virginia Tech, funded by NSF. It follows the successful on-campus MORE workshop at Virginia Tech in 2019 and online STRIVE for MORE workshop in 2020. An in-person MORE workshop is planned for 2022. 

Applications from students who are currently undergraduates majoring in mathematics or a closely related discipline or those students who are considering such a major are welcome. MORE specifically targets and prioritizes the participation of female, minority, and/or first-generation college students. First-generation college students and students from underrepresented groups in mathematics are especially encouraged to apply.

Click here for more information.

Technomics is interested in recruiting students with varying quantitative and techical degrees. For more information, click here.

You can read about their Associate job description here.

The Materials in Society minor is for students who interests and career paths can benefit from a broad and interdisciplinary view of the science behind the use of materials in society. [CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.]

This summer, we’re trying a new service called “matched tutoring” in which students can fill out a survey to request individual appointments with a tutor. The classes we are supporting are listed at the bottom of our website.

Hokie Mentorship Connect Ambassadors work to support the initiatives of Hokie Mentorship Connect including tasks assigned as part of the onboarding and outreach process of helping participants utilize the platform. Duties will include working to market the program on behalf of Career and Professional Development through event attendance and participation. Mentorship Ambassadors will work closely with the Assistant Director – Mentorship Program to create supplemental programming, staff events, provide onboarding assistance, create innovative marketing ideas, and increase user engagement. This position offers an excellent opportunity for students to build experience with student leadership, cultural competency and gain valuable professional experience. Applications are due June 25, 2021. [CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION]

Applications now being accepted!

The Fralin Undergraduate Research Fellowship program is a competitive award program that is open to all Virginia Tech undergraduates with a goal of increasing diversity in research. Fifteen (15) fellowships of $1,000 are awarded annually to individual students demonstrating academic capability and a strong interest in undergraduate research, to enable them to conduct research with a Virginia Tech faculty mentor over the course of one academic year. This program is open to students from any discipline, who have already identified a faculty research mentor. Students from underrepresented groups (including, but not limited to, ethnic minorities, first generation college students, students from low income areas, students with disabilities, LGBTQ, etc.) are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information and access to the online application form, please visit: https://www.research.undergraduate.vt.edu/ugr-opportunities/vt-programs/furf.html.  

You may also access the application form directly: https://tinyurl.com/FURF21

The deadline for submission of complete application packets is August 2, 2021 at 5:00pm. Awards will be made by August 20.

Questions about the program or application procedures should be directed to Keri Swaby (email: kswaby@vt.edu).

The School of Neuroscience is offering both semesters of Introduction to Neuroscience (NEUR 2025 & 2026) as well as Introduction to Neuroscience Laboratory (NEUR 2035 & 2036). All four of  these classes will be offered asynchronously online. These classes are not typically offered in the summer and they are restricted to neuroscience students during the academic year. 

The prerequisite for NEUR 2025 is BIOL 1105 (or ISC 1106) and the prerequisite for NEUR 2026 is NEUR 2025. You have the ability to take both NEUR 2025 and 2026 in the same summer. Please reach out to neuroadvising@vt.edu if you have any additional questions.

The Advising Initiatives Office will be hiring Advising Ambassadors for Fall 2021. Advising Ambassadors support academic planning at the Virginia Tech by working with students to use the online tools to create an academic and co-curricular plan. This is a paid position with approximately 2-6 hours per week for the fall semester.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and a resume. The application will close on Sunday, July 25 and interviews will begin the week of July 26.

Interested students are welcome to reach out to Ally Clement (alclement@vt.edu) with any questions. 

https://app.joinhandshake.com/jobs/4749495

Are you interested in joining a multi-disciplinary systems engineering project that involves all of the following?

  • Mechatronics
  • Applied Electromagnetics
  • Additive Manufacturing / 3D Printing
  • Software Defined Radio
  • Visual Computing
  • Web Development

Example sub-projects include:

  • Enhance remote accessibility of the antenna measurement system and visualization of two- and three-dimensional antenna patterns (these represent the antennas’ directional characteristics)
  • Increase accuracy of the antenna pattern measurements using radio frequency absorber and digital signal processing techniques
  • Improve design of an antenna positioner to enable 3-D antenna pattern measurements
  • Reduce cost of antenna measurement system by modifying and testing code for use with low-cost software defined radio hardware
  • Learn about antennas, antenna arrays, and direction-finding
  • 3-D print simulated and measured antenna patterns
  • Develop an interactive simulation of an antenna array design
  • Develop an interactive simulation that lets users devise and code an algorithm for locating a transmitter based on data from directional antennas and arrays

If you would like to join the project team, please send a resume to Carl Dietrich at cdietric@vt.edu.  Also please indicate which disciplines and sub-projects interest you most, and how you prefer to contribute (as a volunteer, for course credit, or as a paid researcher).

Thank you,

Carl Dietrich

Research Associate Professor, Wireless @ Virginia Tech

Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Congratulations to Virginia Tech seniors graduating in Spring or Summer 2021! What's next for you? Employment? Continuing education? Seeking? Military service? Volunteering?

Reminder: Before graduation: complete the FIRST DESTINATION survey.

Only accessible to Virginia Tech seniors completing an undergraduate degree.

Quick, easy, confidential. Takes about five minutes. Your name and individual responses are not given to anyone.

More information for Spring and Summer 2021 grads about the First Destination Survey.

Completing the First Destination Survey is part of your Graduation Timeline.

More graduation information from the University Registrar

The CLAHS Undergraduate Academic Affairs Office is offering an internship position working with new student orientation for CLAHS students. If interested in this position contact Dr. Karen Watson at watsonk@vt.edu or 540-231-716 for more details. 

Pride Week is a weeklong series of programs and events organized by the LGBTQ+ community at Virginia Tech. Pride Week 2021 will take place April 5th-April 9th.

Schedule of Events at:  Pride Week | Cultural and Community Centers | Virginia Tech (vt.edu)

From April 16th-18th, a virtual run in remembrance will be hosted as the Virginia Tech community reflects on the vibrant lives of the 32 students and faculty who were tragically taken from us on April 16, 2007.

Register at:  2021 Virtual Run in Remembrance | Recreational Sports | Virginia Tech (vt.edu)

The Association for Women in Mathematics chapter is organizing the Virginia Tech Talented Young Mathematicians E-Day (VT-TYME), a virtual mathematics activity day, on Saturday, April 17, 2021. VT-TYME is looking for college freshmen who are interested in math and may benefit from participating. Two hands-on activities will be conducted to introduce students to knot theory and mathematical modeling using differential equations.

The goal is to promote a positive mathematical culture, increase the visibility of women in mathematics, and introduce higher level mathematics and careers in mathematics to students entering college in the near future. It is the hope of that VT-TYME will aid in encouraging students to pursue mathematics or STEM degrees in their postsecondary education.

Applications are accepted rolling basis. The application only requires a short paragraph indicating why you are interested in participating in the program and is open to all genders. There is no fee to participate, and students will receive a free t-shirt as well as all materials necessary to complete the activities via mail to their home address. 

Website is available here and a link to the application is available here

Career and Professional Development is excited to launch our newest internship program in Fall 2021 called Campus internEXP, an on-campus internship program for undergraduate students.  This internship program offers undergraduate students:

  • Paid internship opportunities on campus
  • Valuable career-related experience
  • Opportunities to work in a variety of departments and units around campus

If you are interested in the convenience of working on campus to gain career-related experience and developing critical professional skills then Campus internEXP is for you!

Interested students must attend a required information session to learn more about the program and application process.  Information sessions can be found on Handshake, (search "Campus internEXP" for dates and to register to attend).  Campus internEXP positions will be posted on Handshake June 1 – July 14.  Applications due July 14.

To learn more about this new program visit:  https://career.vt.edu/experience/campus-intern-exp.html

Mathematics Sin Fronteras (MSF) is a Pan-American bilingual (English-Spanish) extracurricular weekly virtual math outreach lecture series.  The goal of MSF is to introduce undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds across South, Central and North America to mathematics and its applications in an engaging and inclusive way that complements the usual university/college math curriculum. MSF also aims to promote cross-cultural communication by connecting students across the Americas with a passion for math, and provide them with the opportunity to interact with leading researchers in their fields in a bilingual environment.  The Spring series, which runs from Mar 10--May 26, 2021 and consists of mini-courses presented by four leading women researchers, has students participating from almost 10 countries.  Further information about the program can be found on the website at https://tinyurl.com/MathSinFront.   A similar series is expected to run in the Fall.

Applicants interested in participating in  the latter half of the Spring program (Mini-courses 3 and 4), which will run from April 21 to May 26, are invited to fill in the application form at https://tinyurl.com/MSF21-AP Students from underrepresented and socio-economically disadvantaged groups are particularly encouraged to apply. 

MSF gratefully acknowledges support from the Division of Applied Math at Brown University, and financial support from NSF's Mathematical Sciences Institutes Diversity Initiative (MSIDI) and the Society for Industrial and Applied Math (SIAM).

Are you interested in helping Hokies find their home on campus? Would you like to use your leadership experience to support the student organization community?

If yes, you should consider applying to become an Engagement Ambassador! Student Engagement and Campus Life is now hiring Engagement Ambassadors for the Fall 2021 semester. This paid position requires students to work 8-10 hours per week. Engagement Ambassadors are essential to running The Source, our student organization resource center, and providing valuable support to students looking to get involved through Involvement Advising.

Full position details and instructions for applying are available on Handshake here: https://app.joinhandshake.com/jobs/4597345

Information sessions are being offered throughout this month and are listed here on GobblerConnect.

Applications are due by April 22, 2021 at 10:00 pm.

Join CLAHS to hear from a panel of employers and alumni from Fairfax Co Public Schools, Richmond Behavioral Health Authority, ServiceSource, Virginia Rural Health Assoc, and Virginia Tech Human Resources. This opportunity is ideal for students who already have established career goals or those still figuring out their professional goals. You will learn about different industries, job titles, and various ways to navigate the path to your career. Visit CLAHS’s website for more info on the series. REGISTER HERE

The Hume Center for National Security and Technology is excited to present the program the 8th annual IC CAE & National Security Education Program Colloquium.  This year’s event will be held VIRTUALLY over two-days, Thursday, April 15 & Friday, April 16th.

Highlights for this year will include a panel with the Virginia SmallSat Data Consortium and numerous student research presentations.  Student presentations will be from individuals and teams of undergraduates, graduate students, scholarship recipients, and volunteers, with updates on their research from the Fall and Spring semesters.  So much exciting work has been happening this year, despite COVID-19 restrictions.  We will also have a pre-recorded poster session available on demand at our YouTube Channel.

In addition to this very full program, we are welcoming partners from the Central Intelligence Agency as the Keynote speakers.  These fellow Hokies will be discussing “Ut Prosim After Graduation,” and we are even expecting a special check-in from Mr. Ted Hume, himself!

We invite you to register in advance for the Colloquium being broadcasted via Zoom Webinar here: http://bit.ly/hume2021

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

If you have any questions, please contact Colleen Bartos (cbartos@vt.edu) or Ehren Hill (ehren@vt.edu)

REGISTER HERE: http://bit.ly/hume2021

Seniors: Would you like to consider a career in the tech industry and you're not an engineer? If yes, then it's time to COMPUTE YOUR FUTURE

Tech careers are growing exponentially, and salaries are high. $3000 scholarships available for summer courses and more funds to support the Masters of Engineering. Sign up to learn more. Deadline to apply is May 15th. 

Email techtalent@vt.edu with questions.

Tuesday, April 20th @ 12:30pm [REGISTER HERE]

The Virginia Tech Department of Ag and Applied Economics is pleased to offer a new, fully online graduate program that integrates applied economics with data science.

Quick Facts about the Program:

  • Integrates Economics foundation with big data, programming, and data analytics
  • Prepares students for in-demand positions in a variety of fields (e.g. food and ag, finance, consulting, supply chain logistics, etc.)
  • Flexible schedule allows students to learn at their own pace
  • Cohort structure provides students support and broadens network
  • Students join the program from diverse undergraduate majors, including economics, math, environmental science, finance and agricultural science etc. 
  • The program is well suited for those interested in veterinary or medical school who are looking to skill up and diversify their background before applying.

If interested, we encourage you to APPLY.  We host a Zoom information session about the Ag and Applied Economics MS Program each Wednesday at @ 12pm EDT/11am CDT and encourage you to attend! [REGISTER HERE] 

Please join us for the third annual Women in Data Science Blacksburg event. It will take place online, Apr. 28 and 29, 4-6 pm both days. We'll have speakers from Facebook, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the US Air Force, Walmart, and Lyft, as well as short talks by women students at Virginia Tech doing data science research. There will also be smaller breakout discussion groups on a variety of data science themes. Also, CMDA will provide WiDS Blacksburg t-shirts for the first 50 people to register!

Registration and more information at: https://sites.google.com/vt.edu/wids-bburg-vt-2021

The English Department has just opened one new section of ENGL 1105 and one new section of ENGL 1106 for Summer I.

The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) will soon have executive board elections for the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Undergraduate Representative, and Graduate Representative for the next school year (2021-2022). These positions are open to any VT student who is “for” women in mathematics. If you are interested, please fill out the following form. This form is due Monday, May 10th @11:59pm EST.  https://forms.gle/3mu5gXocUKKNKkMq7

The Milliman Opportunity Scholarship assists undergraduate students from ethnic groups that are under-represented in the fields of actuarial science, data science, computer science, economics, programming, mathematics, statistics, data analytics, or finance. Milliman, a global leader in actuarial and related products and services, awarded 17 Opportunity Scholarships in 2020.

APPLICATION DEADLINEApril 19, 2021.

SCHOLARSHIP AWARD: $5,000

Click here for eligiblity criteria and more information.

We are pleased to invite you and your students to “LIFE Sciences: A Spring Wellness Series to Help you Make the Most of your Life, No Matter the Circumstances,” hosted by CALS Academic Programs.

Join us as we explore wellness in all areas of life- giving you practical and relevant tools to address personal and community wellbeing in the areas of health, mental strength and resilience, and engagement with others. The series will culminate with a hike together at the end (if protocols allow).

Each virtual workshop plans to be interactive and entertaining. Pick one or all to attend! (If you are unable to attend, if you register anyway, we’ll send you a recording afterwards.) We hope to see you there.

Click here for more information and to register.

Governor’s Fellows Program

  • Paid summer program from June 1, 2021 – July 31, 2021
  • For rising seniors, graduating seniors, and students enrolled in graduate/professional programs.
  • Application deadline, March 15, 2021
  • Stipend (up to $3000) for VT students paid through VT Career and Professional Development. Contact cpd@vt.edufor details.

Click here for more information and to apply.

The Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP), founded in 1993, is an academic success community founded upon the principles of self- efficacy, mentoring, and peer support. Central to the goal of MAOP is the promotion of diversification within the student body of Virginia Tech. Through partnerships with various academic colleges and departments at Virginia Tech, other colleges and universities, governmental entities, and various organizations, MAOP participants are supported with academic guidance, emotional and social support, and financial support. 

The scholarship is for Virginia residents and it is based on merit and unmet financial need. The application for the 2021 - 2022 Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP) Undergraduate Scholarship is now open through April 30, 2021.  

The electronic application is available at www.maop.vt.edu

Students can contact the MAOP Office with any questions maop@vt.edu or 540-231-5023.

2020-21 Step Up leadership program 

Step Up leaders commit to a year-long term and work on developing new skills as they build and lead impactful service experiences for their peers. Step Up leaders are passionate about service, social justice, and inspiring change. They work closely with peers, VT Engage, and community partners to coordinate community-driven service trips. Leaders are trained to develop engaging, learning-centered reflections for each experience. Learn more and apply by Sunday, March 21. 

Leadership Connections Virtual Retreat 
Saturday, March 20 & Sunday, March 21 
Learn more & register for the retreat 
This virtual retreat is a unique, interactive opportunity to explore what leadership means to you and how it intertwines with your purpose. You'll connect with new people over shared interests through personal reflection, discussions, and a collaborative group project. This experience is for undergraduate and graduate students of any major. 

Apply for our Lead for Good program
This five-week program is intended to provide a foundational leadership experience for all undergraduates to apply to their lives during college and beyond. During each virtual session, you'll gain 21st leadership skills to take with you after the program ends, regardless of whether you plan to pursue formal leadership positions on campus. Learn more and apply by Sunday, March 21. 


30-Day Leadership Challenge – Join VT Engage all March! 
Are you ready to flex your leadership muscles? This challenge will have you reflect and learning to engage leadership into all areas of your life including personal values and identity to well-being. Every week you’ll have a set of challenges to complete focused strengthening your leadership skills and values.  There's still time to sign up!  

Questions and Accommodations

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation to participate in one of these experiences or application processes, welcome! Please contact the program manager for the program you are interested in at least five business days prior to the event or deadline.

  • Lead for Good: contact Jason Clayton at claytonjw@vt.edu or 540-231-7042.
  • Step Up, Leadership Connections Retreat, and 30-Day Challenge: contact Jes Davis at jesdavis@vt.eduor 540-231-6947.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: The Education Committee of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) invites submissions for presentations at the 2021 SIAM Annual Meeting in sessions devoted to undergraduate research in all areas of Applied and Computational Mathematics. Research should have been completed during the speakers’ undergraduate education. Interested students should apply at

https://tinyurl.com/StudentSubmissionSIAM2021

by April 19, 2021 and will be asked to provide a title, abstract, and the names and affiliation of the presenter, co-authors, and advisor(s). The abstract is limited to 1,400 characters including spaces. Decisions will be made by May 5.

The SIAM Annual meeting 2021 will be held in hybrid or virtual format, July 19-21, 2021. No funding is available from SIAM. Please talk to your research mentor and department head about other funding opportunities.

The Academy for Experiential Learning has consolidated a database of scholarships, awards, and other funding for study abroad, research, and internships. This resource will be updated periodically and serves as a single source for undergraduates to find funding to support their experiential learning endeavors.

The Math Department Scholarship Committee recommends students for certain scholarships. Some, but not all, of these scholarships are need-based.

In considering your eligibility for a scholarship, the Scholarship Committee can use only the information you allow it to use. You will not be penalized for denying access to information, but details of your academic and extracurricular activities are the evidence required to show eligibility for many scholarships and may increase your competitiveness for scholarships.

Use this form by March 31st to choose the information you wish the Math Department Scholarship Committee to consider. 

Requirements for Scholarships Eligibility:

  • Submit the General Scholarship Application + College of Science Scholarship Application using Scholarship Central 
  • For need-based scholarships, submit a FAFSA

Are you interested in experiencing what it's like to do math research? Would you like to build your math research skills and find out how to get involved in independent research projects at Virginia Tech, or to apply for summer research opportunities? Want to know more about the 'hidden curriculum' of how math research can help support your career goals? Are you taking your  first proof-based class in Fall 2021, or have you just recently taken your first proof-based class?

If so, sign up for the hands-on math research class, BEPUR: Broadening Engagement and Participation in Undergraduate Research, in Fall 2021!  (Will be listed as MATH 2984 on the timetable.)

This class aims to demystify the 'hidden curriculum' of getting involved in math research. We enthusiastically encourage participation by first-generation students, underrepresented minority students, students with disabilities, and students who are nonbinary or women.

More information, quotes from current students, corequisite/prerequisite courses, overview of activities, visiting speakers, and projects at: https://sites.google.com/vt.edu/bepur-math-2984/home

Some aspects of BEPUR:

  • Work with multiple math faculty who lead introductory research projects
  • Participate in math research seminars and network with diverse women mathematicians from other universities through the SURE Speaker Series
  • Student teams discover how to take a mathematical scenario and develop their own new problems, define their own questions, and develop their own strategies to solutions
  • Lessons on technical skills for math research and discussions (e.g. navigating math literature, doing peer review, Latex, basic python programming, research presentations)
  • Activities focused on building math research community (including career paths, the role of diversity and inclusion in math research, and finding future research opportunities)
  • BEPUR students will have mentoring and advice to find more independent research opportunities on campus and through REU applications
  • Women BEPUR students can apply for paid positions as SURE research fellows in Spring '22

Did you know there is a 100% online master’s program in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences? And it has a new concentration: Agribusiness!  The OMALS program is an amazing option for students in all areas of study within the university and has eight different concentrations: Agribusiness, Applied Animal Behavior and Welfare, Applied Nutrition and Physical Activity, Education, Environmental Science, Food Safety and Biosecurity, Leadership Studies, and Plant Science and Pest Management.  The program is an approved Accelerated master’s program through the graduate school and students can begin taking coursework in the last two semesters of their senior year at the current undergraduate tuition rate.  Once they complete their undergraduate degree, students will have the flexibility to complete the OMALS degree when and where they choose.  They may continue to take courses full time or may adjust their course load if they relocate or become employed.

We currently waive our application fee for Virginia Tech students.  Email Jennifer Jones (jejone18@vt.edu) with any questions you have about the program, admissions, or concentrations.  Feel free to also visit the website or join one of our “First Fridays” online information sessions for more information. 

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the USDA recently temporarily explanded eligibility for Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program (SNAP) for students. Specifically, students enrolled at least half-time (6 credits undergraduate and 5 credits graduate) who have a 0 EFC or are eligible for Federal Work Study may now be eligible for temporary expanded SNAP. For more information, please visit the USDA SNAP COVID-19 temporary update page. If you meet one of the criteria for temportary extended SNAP, you should have recieved an email from VT's Office of University Scholarships and Financial Aid on March 19.

The ​Center for Refugee, Migrant, and Displacement Studies​ is a research center focused on displacement issues, including migration, refugees, climate change, development, and civil unrest. We seek student interns to assist with development of a podcast, including interviewing, editing sound files, writing webtexts, and updating the podcast’s website.

Qualifications/Preferred Skills:

  • Strong writing, editing skills
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • ​Critical and creative thinking
  • Work with social media platforms and in html, wordpress, and wix
  •  ​Interest in studying social justice issues in society
  • ​Preferred: Video, audio, and editing experience

Duties of this position may include the following:

  • Work with faculty to define, plan, and implement projects
  • Attend periodic staff meetings
  • Schedule collaborative work in the Center each week
  • ​Learn to conduct interviews including oral history (training provided)
  • ​Edit and compile interviews into finished products and web content
  • ​Assist with editing, design, background research, and writing
  • Assist with website updates
  • ​General research assistance as needed

Compensation: $12 per hour
Hours: 20-25 hours per week, May 10 - June 11, 2021
Contact: Dr. Rebecca Hester, rjhester@vt.edu, to submit resume/letter of interest

Interns working with us have cited their experiences as contributing to their subsequent internship and work study opportunities at Student Affairs and the College of Science and a variety of on-campus opportunities and at positions after graduation.