Virginia Tech collaborates with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) to explore research synergies.  This annual Summit allows faculty from Virginia Tech to identify partner faculty and students at HBCUs/MSIs to engage in summer research opportunities and grant proposals.  Virginia Tech faculty interested in growing collaborations with HBCUs/MSIs are encouraged to reach out to their College contact for participation.  The list of college liaisons is found here

You can find a pdf copy of the summit program at this link.

2017 HBCU/MSI Research Summit, October 15-16,

The Inn at Virginia Tech

We collected Twitter posts from the Summit. Follow the link to the Storify narrative.


Sunday, October 15

2 p.m.- 4 p.m.    HBCU/MSI guests arrive at the Inn at Virginia Tech to check in

Hotel check-in: Guests please plan to arrive at your hotel (the Inn at Virginia Tech or Hyatt Place) by 4 p.m.

Registration: Please come by the registration table at the Inn at Virginia Tech before 4:30 p.m. 

2-4 p.m.    Campus Tours available, leaving from hotel lobby. Tours depart at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

4:30-5:30 p.m.    HBCU/MSI Alumni Student-only panel: Current Virginia Tech graduate students discuss their experiences

6-8 p.m.    Dinner, hosted by the Graduate School, Latham Ballroom, the Inn at Virginia Tech

8-9:30 p.m.    Mixer/reception, Location TBD                           

Monday, October 16

8 a.m.    Breakfast hosted by Colleges and Departments

8 a.m.-noon    Customized itineraries hosted by Colleges and Departments

12:15 p.m.    Check-out and Networking Lunch at the Inn at Virginia Tech

1:30 p.m.    Final opportunity for a campus tour, leaving from hotel lobby

For more information about the HBCU/MSI Research Summit, reach out to a steering committee member.