The MAOP Undergraduate Summer Research Internship (SRI) started in Summer 1993, and since then has been a transformative experience for hundreds of students. Students from a wide variety of academic disciplines spend ten weeks during the summer (late May - late July/early August) working closely with a faculty mentor in a mentor/protege relationship to design, conduct and present a scholarly research presentation.

Students interact with other student researchers, faculty and graduate students in different areas of study, using state-of-the-art equipment, and attend seminars on the nature of graduate academic life.

Students also prepare to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and receive counseling on gaining admission to graduate school and available funding opportunities. In addition, the experience provides for a two day retreat at Camp Alta Mons, and provides students with the opportunity to enhance their personal growth and development.

Students devote at least 40 hours a week on their respective research projects and scholarly activities. At the conclusion of the program, students will present their research to their fellow SRI peers, faculty mentors, and guests. The research is presented using a poster format and oral presentation. This research symposium is the culminating event of the experience, and takes place during the last week of the program.

The program is open to undergraduate students from any two-year and/or four-institution from around the United States and territories. Participants must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent U.S. Residents. Participants are selected on the basis of academic achievement, commitment to pursue graduate education, and match of interest with an available faculty mentor.

Since many SRI participants eventually enroll in graduate school at Virginia Tech or elsewhere, this program has been an especially effective way to invest in and prepare a talented, diverse group of students for enrollment in graduate programs. Previous participants have been very successful in obtaining graduate degrees and in adding to the diversity of their institutions and within their professional fields.


  • Gain confidence that you are capable of doing graduate level research and would be successful as a graduate student
  • Network with fellow peers, faculty mentors, other departmental members, administrators, and the general community
  • Allows you to prepare for the GRE
  • Learn how to enhance your leadership, presentation and communication skills
  • Learn about academic departments at Virginia Tech and their requirements for graduate study

Program Dates:

May 21, 2017

Program Duration:

May 22-July 28, 2017

Intern Support Includes:

  • Stipend of $3,000
  • Free on-campus room and board
  • Free and mandatory 10-week GRE preparation class
  • Participants are also provided with opportunities for weekend excursions and other activities

Application will be available December 2016

For additional information, please contact:

Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MC  0276

280 Stanger Street, Rm. 110

Blacksburg, VA 24061

Phone: 540.231.5023

Fax: 540.231.2618