Research at VMI
Faculty, students, and staff across all disciplines at VMI enhance their academic experience through research, scholarship, and creative activity. Teachers and researchers are continuously developing their interests, contributing to their fields of study, improving their curricula, and fostering a culture of inquiry and investigation for cadets at VMI.
VMI provides programs, policies, and initiatives to support researchers in every phase of inquiry. These include guidelines for the pursuit of research at VMI, Faculty Development Workshops, undergraduate research collaborations, library resource instruction, VMI sponsored funding opportunities, and assistance in identifying and pursuing external funding opportunities.
Maj. Anne Alerding, Assistant Professor of Biology at VMI, received a $20,000 Jeffress Memorial Trust award for her grant titled “Developing Virginia Soybeans as a Source of Sustainable Energy.” The Jeffress Memorial Trust was established under the will of Mr. Robert M. Jeffress to support fundamental research by early-career scientists in Virginia. The grant may be renewed twice, bringing the award total to $40,000 through 2014.Read More →
The Department of Mechanical Engineering led the way, graduating its first majors with the concentration at the end of the 2009-10 academic year. The Department of Physics and Astronomy has begun offering coursework toward its nuclear energy concentration this semester, with its first graduates mostly likely in the Class of 2015.Read More →