Education and Training
The Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC 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.
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 Taryn Luoma:
- A resume, including any laboratory skills and experiences, and courses taken (and in progress) with grades
- A statement of the student's research interests, including specific VTCRI faculty they are interested in working with
- 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 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 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 institute faculty.
The Research Team Leaders at the Fralin Biomedical 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 Ph.D.-level 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 Fralin Biomedical Research Institute, visit the Graduate Studies website.
To see a list of current postdoctoral training positions at the Fralin Biomedical 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
Fralin Biomedical Research Institute 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 institute should submit an application to Taryn Luoma as per the instructions for Undergraduate Research above. Instructors or administrators who wish to match their students to mentorship experiences with scientists 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.