Program Director:Kristin L. Morgan
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400881
Virginia Tech Alliance Program Welcomes Twenty New Students !
The Alliance program at Virginia Polytechnic Institute is pleased to announce that twenty new students - eighteen freshmen and two sophomores - participated in the 2009 College Transition Week at Tech. The students attended a variety of workshops on topics such as Environmental Safety, College Success Strategies. Education Abroad, and Money Management.
VT Alliance students from cohorts one and two spoke to new students about their successful experiences at Tech. The new AMP students also participated in a community service project at the YMCA Thrift Store, and toured laboratories at the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, and the chemistry department.
Above, new students enjoy 2009 College Transition Week at Virginia Tech.
During the fall semester, a variety of workshops for students were implemented. Lee Murphy, the VT Alliance program assistant, and Dr. Jody Thompson arranged for guest speakers to present on topics that assist students with academic and personal development. A student panel on building a strong academic foundation was conducted. There were also presentations on leadership development, counseling services, resume writing, and financial aid.
Virginia Tech also sponsored group tutoring, through the Center for Academic Enrichment and Excellence, for students in Organic Chemistry. This tutoring was open to MAOP (Multicultural Academic Opportunity Program) students as well as Alliance students. The tutoring was found to be very beneficial, and will be sponsored for spring 2010 as well.
Several Tech students engaged in research in the fall semester, including Reisha Parham, a sophomore majoring in chemical engineering. Ms. Parham presented at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABCRMS) in Phoenix, Arizona last November. Since the next ABCRMS will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, the VT Alliance is encouraging more of its students to present there.
Dr. Eric Williams, the Principal Investigator for VT-AMP, will be returning to Virginia Tech on February 1st. We are all delighted that he has returned safely from his military service!
Please remember that applications for the MAOP Summer Research Institute at Virginia Tech are due on March 1, 2010. Tech would love to see applications from students at other VA-NC Alliance institutions !