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. We also run an annual Fall Project Fair where various research groups come to talk about opportunities in their area. 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.
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!
The 2013 VTURCS Research Symposium took place on April 25th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at Owens Banquet Hall. There were 26 featured projects--17 research projects and 9 capstone projects--presented by 53 undergrads. Awards were issued in the categories of Faculty Choice for best research project as selected by a panel of faculty judges, Marston Awardfor most entrepreneurial project as selected by our CSRC members, Capstone Award for best capstone project, and People's Choice Award as selected by all people in attendance. Details and a list of winners is available on the Spring Symposium page.