The purpose of the VTURCS program is to encourage Computer Science undergraduate students to become involved in research. The faculty and students involved in VTURCS agree that research is one of the most valuable programs that a student can participate in during their undergraduate education. That's why VTURCS provides a web database where faculty can list their research opportunities so that interested students can find them. In the Spring, student researchers present their research to other students, faculty, interested members of the public, and a distinguished panel of judges that includes professors as well as representatives from industry leaders.
The annual VTURCS Research Symposium takes place each year in late spring. This year's symposium will take place Thursday April 30 at 4pm-6:30pm in Owens Banquet Hall. Participants should create an abstract and poster, submitted here by 8am on Monday April 27, to take part in the symposium. The symposium provides students with the opportunity to present their work to their peers and professors to get valuable feedback from a diverse audience. Please visit the Spring Symposium page for more details.
Students join VTURCS for a variety of reasons:
Participating in research shows you go above and beyond the normal curriculum for undergraduate studies. Whether you're thinking about graduate school or a job after college, you can benefit from VTURCS. It shows you're someone who fits into the above categories and has experience working on real projects that make contributions to the world of computer science. Students who have worked on undergraduate research at Virginia Tech have gone on to work at top companies, and to school at top graduate institutions including, of course, Virginia Tech!