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No Rest Over the Summer for Virginia Tech's AMP Hokies !

 

Summer may be a time for some students to vacation and relax, but many of the VT-AMP Hokies were busy this summer with internships. Students interned at such institutions as Norfolk State University, Qualcomm, Washington University, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Virginia, the Reston Zoo, West Virginia University, and Virginia Tech.

The Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP), which coordinates activities for VT-AMP, sponsored a Summer Research Institute (SRI). Thirty-one students participated, seven from the VT-AMP program. Two AMP students from Elizabeth City State University, Carl Parson (pictured at left) and Valerie Smith, also attended.

Other AMP students on the Virginia Tech campus this summer engaged in research with faculty from Biochemistry, Biology, Business Information Technology, Horticulture, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Mining and Minerals Engineering, and Ocean Engineering. Many of the VT-AMP students will continue working with their faculty members during the school year.

Overall, summer research experiences proved useful in many ways for VT-AMP participants. For those considering a change in their major, it solidified their interest in a STEM field; for rising seniors, it influenced them to begin investigating graduate programs.

Ray Plaza, a columnist for Virginia Tech's Collegiate Times, recently wrote a column about the importance of summer research programs for undergraduates. The column highlighted the McNair & MAOP Summer Research Symposium held recently on the Virginia Tech campus, and can be accessed here.

 

Taylore Williams (Virginia Tech, Biochemistry), right, shares her research results in a poster presentation

 

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