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The Undergraduate Research Institute for the
College of Liberal Arts & Human Sciences

A Virginia Tech Exemplary Department

The College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Undergraduate Research Institute (URI) aims to expose undergraduates with majors or minors in the College of Liberal Arts & Human Sciences to investigation, inquiry, and creative expression in the liberal arts and human sciences fields. It aids undergraduates by:

  • Maintaining a database of available research opportunities
  • Providing information on research conferences
  • Coordinating the awarding of student grants directly related to undergraduate research
  • Coordinating a recognition program for student researchers and faculty mentors related to undergraduate research
  • Serving as liasons, connecting students interested in research with faculty mentors.
  • Coordinating an Undergraduate Research student exchange program with the École de Gouvernance et d'Économie in Rabat, Morocco
  • Sponsoring an Undergraduate Research Institute Scholars Program to support the development of our undergraduate researchers

About the URI

With the support and encouragement of Dean Jerry Niles, the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences (CLAHS) Undergraduate Research Committee was formed in 2005. The concept of the Undergraduate Research Institute for CLAHS resulted from their meetings.

URI Staff:

Marc Lucht, Director -
Ryan Rideau, Assistant Director -

Rob Jacks, URI Coordinator -

URI Faculty Board:

Erika Grafsky, Human Development
Jim Kuypers, Communication
Marc Lucht, Undergraduate Academic Affairs
Rick Masters, Music
Nancy Metz, English

Luke Plotica, Political Science

Debra Stoudt, Foreign Languages and Literatures
Peter Wallenstein, History

The College of Liberal Arts & Human Sciences Undergraduate Research Institute is located in 119 Wallace Hall. Appointments may be made at any time via email:


Hear from some of our college's undergraduate researchers:


New Updates

International Undergraduate Research Exchange Program in Rabat, Morocco

NSF REU Program:
Understanding & Preventing Societal Violence

Congratulations to our Spring 2014 Grant recipients!

New faculty research opportunities for students.

Meet our Undergraduate Research Scholar of the Month Award Winners

Applications for the Undergraduate Diversity Scholars Program are now available.

Need statistical support for your research? Check out LISA, the Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis. For more information, visit the About LISA webpage.