All VMI academic divisions, engineering, science, and liberal arts, provide cadets the opportunity to expand their knowledge in a focused area of research.
Cadets have the option to join a professor in an area of research focus or cadets may propose a personalized research project in a particular area of interest. The Summer Undergraduate Research Institute is an intense five or ten-week program in which cadets pursue their research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Research is presented annually at the VMI Undergraduate Research Symposium or other regional or national conferences.
Stipends are often available for the summer undergraduate research, research travel, and presentation travel. Cadets are responsible for submitting permits to the Commandant's Office for approval.
VMI cadets and mentors should review the SURI Policy before submitting the SURI application. Links to the documents can be found at http://my.vmi.edu under the Academics tab.