Education and Training

The Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute offers a number of research opportunities for trainees from both within Virginia Tech and beyond. Prospective trainees may learn more about individual faculty, their research, and publications through the Research Institute website faculty pages.

Undergraduate Research

Opportunities exist year-round for undergraduates wishing to receive research training. Undergraduate positions vary, and may be for-credit (Fall/Spring/Summer), volunteer, or paid. Students who have identified investigators whose research appeals to them should submit the following application materials to Brent Bowden:

  1. A resume, including any laboratory skills and experiences, and courses taken (and in progress) with grades
  2. A statement of the student's research interests , including specific VTCRI faculty they are interested in working with
  3. An estimate of the time the student would be available to participate in research (e.g. Fall semester, 10 hrs/week)

Exceptional undergraduate students looking for summer opportunities are encouraged to apply for one of Virginia Tech’s competitive summer undergraduate fellowship programs. Many of these programs provide a stipend, housing, and short-courses to compliment the research experience. For more information and to apply, visit the program websites:

  • The NeuroSURF Program offered at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute emphasizes Translational Neurobiology and is now open for applications for its inaugural class. The program supports accepted students with a stipend, and housing for those who need it.
  • The Molecular Visualization SURF Program offered at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute emphasizes use of imaging technologies across multiple fields of biomedical research, and will soon be open for applications for its inaugural class. The program supports accepted students with a stipend and housing for those who need it.
  • Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program’s Summer Research Internships
    The internships include a $3,000 stipend, free room and board, a 10 week GRE prep class, and a variety of other weekly activities and excursions. Awardees may perform research with participating VTCRI faculty.

Graduate Research

The Research Team Leaders at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute also serve as thesis mentors to PhD-level graduate students at Virginia Tech. Candidates interested in carrying out thesis research with investigators at the institute should consider applying to Virginia Tech's PhD program in Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health, or one of Virginia Tech's departmental-based graduate programs. For more information on PhD studies at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, visit the Graduate Studies website.

Postdoctoral Research

To see a list of currnet postdoctoral training positions at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, visit the Virginia Tech employment website. If you are interested in postdoctoral training with a particular investigator and there are no open positions listed, please contact that investigator directly to inquire about future postdoc possibilities.

High School Programs

VTCRI faculty also provide a limited number of research mentorship experiences each year for advanced (junior or senior) high school students. High school students interested in gaining research experience at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute should submit an application to Brent Bowden as per the instructions for Undergraduate Research above. Instructors or administrators who wish to match their students to mentorship experiences with scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute are encouraged to contact the director of education and training, Dr. Audra Van Wart, to learn more about expectations and coordinate appropriate application deadlines. Please note that, unfortunately, we do not typically host students for “job shadowing” programs. It is expected that students will complete and present a small project as part of any mentorship experience, and will have already had some basic preparation in school to familiarize them with how to conduct basic research, use of common computer software, and application of math toward problem solving.

More Information

For questions concerning undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral research training at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, please contact Director of Education and Training Audra Van Wart.

Research Fellowships and Education Programs

VTCRI Translational Neurobiology Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship
Initiative for Maximising Student Development Post Baccalaureate Research and Education Program