Workshop IV Invitation for Future Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Programs (IGEPs) – September 27, 2012

The Graduate School is hosting workshop IV for faculty considering Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program (IGEP) submissions in the future. IGEPs are supported by the Graduate School and are intended to promote and sustain interdisciplinary graduate research and education at Virginia Tech. Each IGEP addresses a major fundamental problem or complex societal issue requiring an interdisciplinary team of scholars.

In its first year, 17 IGEP proposals were submitted with participation from 183 faculty, 7 colleges, and 56 departments. On its second year, nineteen IGEP proposals were submitted with participation from 227 faculty, 8 colleges, and 58 departments. Next year, three additional IGEPs will be funded. The 3rd call for IGEP proposals (for Fall 2013) was announced in April 2012 following workshop III with a deadline for November 12, 2012 to allow for more time for the development phase.

Workshop IV for future IGEP proposals will focus on the components of a successful proposal from the perspective of both IGEP proposal reviewers and faculty with currently funded IGEPs. Workshop IV will be held on September 27, 2012 from 11:00 am- 1:00 pm in The Graduate Life Center (GLC) room F.  Please join us!

PEO Doctoral Scholar Awards for Women

P.E.O. is announcing the highly competitive $15,000 P.E.O. Scholar Award program for women doctoral students for 2013/2014 academic year.   P.E.O. is a philanthropic educational organization (, which provides financial aid for the education of women.  The three Blacksburg P.E.O. Chapters coordinate efforts to identify and nominate up to three candidates. Successful chapter nominees will be asked to submit more detailed award application materials by P.E.O. International in early winter and will have 45 days to complete their applications. Award recipients will be announced by May 1, 2013.
A woman is eligible for nomination by a local P.E.O. chapter if she:
·         is a citizen of the U.S. or Canada at the time of her nomination;
·         will complete her doctoral degree between April 2014 and August 2015
·         doctorial students in a “Medical Scholars Program” pursuing both an M.D. and a Ph.D. are also eligible;
·         is enrolled in her program at an accredited college or university. She can be part-time at the time of nomination, but must be a full-time student during the year of the award.
A woman is not eligible for Scholar Awards support for a:
·         master’s degree
·         certificate program
·         residency, fellowship, specialization, postdoctoral research position, etc.
A woman is not eligible for a Scholar Award if she will be employed full-time during the year of her award.
The applications of individuals who satisfy these eligibility criteria will be evaluated on a nondiscriminatory basis without consideration of race, age, national origin, religious affiliation, disability or P.E.O. connection.
Local Nomination Application Components:
One to two page single-spaced cover letter highlighting current work and career goals
Unofficial transcripts
One letter of reference
Application Deadline: September 30, 2012.
Mail or email complete applications to:
Rebecca Caldwell
345 Woods Lane
Newport, VA 24128
Faculty are requested to identify outstanding eligible women doctoral students and encourage them to apply for the award. The Awards are extremely competitive but Virginia Tech has had over 20 awardees since 2000. For additional information on the P.E.O. Scholar Award, see: or contact Rebecca Caldwell at or 540-544-4444.

New Student Guide and Orientation Programs

Orientation Programs:
New graduate student orientation hosted by the Graduate School will be in the auditorium in the Graduate Life Center (GLC) on Friday, August 24, 9:00-11:00. Morning refreshments will be served 8:30-9:00 in the Multipurpose Room.

We also provide a variety of information sessions and activities to help new students get started in their graduate career, including an information fair in the GLC between August 20-24. The fair features more than 50 campus and community organizations and services. 

Detailed information about the orientation and Welcome Week activities>>

Getting Started as a Student:
An online guide is also available for new students to help them get started. The guide includes information and links to a variety of campus services, including student ID cards, class schedule and registration, tuition payment, policies, financial resources, health and wellness, campus life and more. Visit the online guide>> .

If you have any questions or concerns about getting started at Virginia Tech, please contact us by phone at 540.231.9561 or by email.

Graduate Admissions and Academic Progress Advisors assigned as primary contact for students and academic units

Effective: August 27, 2012

In order to better serve graduate students and academic units, the Graduate School is assigning a Graduate Admissions and Academic Progress (GAAP) Advisor to each College. The GAAP Advisor will serve as a liaison between the Graduate School and academic units and will work directly with students, faculty, graduate program directors and graduate coordinators in relation to graduate student advising and paperwork completion. The GAAP Advisor is not a replacement to the faculty advisor or graduate coordinator, rather the GAAP Advisor is a primary point of contact in the Graduate School who can provide immediate assistance to students and academic units. Should the primary GAAP advisor assigned to a student or academic unit be unavailable at any time, another GAAP Advisor will be able to provide immediate assistance.

The Graduate Admissions and Academic Progress Advisors are:

Holly Cromer (, 540-231-8636)
    Graduate Applications – all academic units

Gwen Ewing (, 540-231-8636)
    Pamplin College of Business
    College of Engineering – Master degree students
    Interdisciplinary Degrees

Debbie Payne (; 703-538-8327)
    National Capital Region – all academic units

Danielle Tillilie (; 703-538-8327)
    National Capital Region – all academic units

Jodi Vandervort (, 540-231-8636)
    College of Architecture and Urban Studies
    College of Science
    Graduate Studies (Commonwealth Campus, Non-degree, Certificates)

Nicholas Vaught (, 540-231-8636)
    College of Liberal Arts & Human Sciences
    College of Natural Resources & Environments
    VA/MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine

Priscilla Wright (, 540-231-8636)
    College of Engineering – Doctoral degree students
    College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

We look forward to a great upcoming academic year working with all of you!