How to Begin
Research projects can be conducted by individuals or as a team. Once accepted, a faculty mentor walks alongside the Cadet as they begin their investigation. Projects culminate in most cases with a poster presentation and orals presentations at the VMI Undergraduate Research Symposium. Cadets are encouraged to present research at symposia nationwide. Cadets also have an opportunity to submit their research for publication in scholarly Journals to include VMI's New Horizons: Journal for Undergraduate Research.
There are numerous research opportunities both at VMI and at other institutions. Usually, a research project may span one or two years in duration with the bulk of a student's research being conducted over one or two summers. During the summer, students are often paid a stipend similar to some internships.
Research continues during the academic year at a slower pace due to heavier course-loads. Research permits provide flexibility in scheduling and exist to facilitate the undergraduate research experience during the academic year.
If you are interested in getting involved in a project, talk to your academic advisor for more information.
Learn more about External Undergraduate Research Opportunities at institutions outside VMI.