Virginia Tech LSAMP hosts prospective graduate students at annual retreat
In September, VT-AMP along with the Virginia Tech McNair Scholars Program and the Virginia Tech Graduate School hosted a Graduate Application Retreat. Participants included students from both the VA-NC Alliance (Bennett College for Women, Elizabeth City State University,Johnson C. Smith University, the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech), from the LSAMP program at North Carolina A&T, and from Hampton University.
This retreat offered workshops on writing personal statements, GRE preparation and completing a graduate school application among others. At its conclusion, students had a draft of their personal statement and had completed at least one graduate school application.
As a bonus, each participant received an application fee waiver to apply to graduate school at Virginia Tech.
Fall 2010 also saw a great start to the semester for VT-AMP. Thirteen new scholars participated in Transition Week, which offered structured activities designed to support their transition to the college environment.
These activities included workshops on study skills, time management, lab safety and undergraduate research. Scholars were provided housing, meals, activities and transportation for the duration of the program.
Other VT-AMP activities included monthly group meetings between scholars and program staff as well as one-on-one meetings to discuss academic progress and future career and graduate school plans.
On the undergraduate research front, several VT-AMP students are actively involved in research projects with Virginia Tech faculty members. This past fall, two VT-AMP students presented their research at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, and another at the University of Maryland Baltimore County Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences.
VT-AMP will continue to encourage students to present their research at research conferences including at the VA-NC Alliance's Fourth Annual Symposium in April, 2011.