Hands-on undergraduate research provides Hollins students the opportunity to delve deeply into an area of interest or focus while guided and advised by their professors. This experience helps sharpen investigative skills, is exceptional preparation for graduate-level studies and work in the professional world, and helps build transferrable skills as a student explores possible career paths. Hollins’ approach includes three components to this program – Summer Research Fellows, collaborative research via Virginia Tech, and biomedical research opportunities – that extend beyond the typical experiences available through their regular undergraduate coursework.

Summer Research Fellows

The Summer Research Fellows program offers a concentrated opportunity for a select number of students to work collaboratively with faculty over the summer. The program provides a stipend and summer housing to accepted students who participate in a cohort model during the summer. Students in the program emerge with an “action plan” that often includes a report and presentation covering their learning experience.

Research fellows come from across all academic divisions of the university with concentrations ranging from digital art archiving and documentary film projects to biological research and studies on memory.

Biomedical Research

Accepted Hollins students participate in summer research fellowships with Virginia Tech’s Fralin Biomedical Research Institute. This highly-competitive program focuses almost exclusively in areas of neuroscience and biomedical research. Participation is limited to domestic students, as funding is provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Student doing research

Other Opportunities

Hollins University is a member of the Council on Undergraduate Research