Colleges, institutes and programs will offer customized programs on Monday, October 16, for the HBCU/MSI Research Summit participants. Some of those schedules are listed below. You also can download a copy of Monday's schedules by clicking this link

7:30 Transportation to the Human and Agricultural Biosciences Building (HABB); please check out of hotel in advance of this time

8:00     Breakfast in the Atrium of HABB

●      Welcome by the Dean of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

8:45     Tour of the pilot plant facilities and shared research laboratories in Food Science and Technology and Biological Systems Engineering

●      Tour Guides:

o   Dr. Joe Marcy, Department Head, Food Science and Technology;

o   TBA: Biological Systems Engineering;

●      Faculty Speakers (see websites for research interests):

4th Floor:

o   FST: Dr. Amanda Stewart and Dr. Haibo Huang  TBD, Biological Systems Engineering

o   BSE: TBD

10:00 Drone Demonstration – Dr. Cully Hession, Professor, Biological Systems Engineering; Morgan Paulette, Extension agent; Dan Swafford, 4-H Curriculum Specialist

10:30 Split into Faculty Sessions and Graduate Student Sessions

Faculty Sessions: Meet with research interest groups

o    Meeting of VT faculty with HBCU faculty to discuss research interests and potential collaborations

o   Research and Extension Experiential Learning for Undergraduates (REEU): Aquaculture – CALS Leaders: Dave Kuhn and Michael Schwarz; Location: HABB Atrium

o   General interest group: Water, Soil, Crops – CALS Faculty; Location: HABB Atrium

o   General interest group: Food and Health – CALS Faculty; Location: HABB 106

o   General interest group: Energy and Climate – CALS Leaders: TBD; Location: HABB 208

Student Sessions: Student Panel Discussion: Professional Development Opportunities at Virginia Tech; HABB 108

11:45 Return to The Inn               

12:00   Closing luncheon, The Inn

8:00 – 8:45 a.m.    Breakfast at 122 H Burruss Hall
Hosted by College of Architecture andUrban Studies

8:45 –  9:55 a.m.    Introduction to College of Architecture and Urban Studies (Patrick Miller)

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.   Introduction of the HBCU participants and their research interests

9:15 – 9:30 a.m.    Tour facilities of the School of Architecture + Design (Burruss Hall, Burchard Hall and Cowgill Hall)

9:30 – 10:00 a.m.    LumenHAUS (M.Arch graduate student)

10:00 – 10:30 a.m.    Discussion of engaged design and research
(C.L. Bohannon)

10:30 – 10:50 a.m.    Discussion of human/environment research
(Patrick Miller)

10:50 – 11:15 a.m.    Discussion of HBCU faculty research interests
(Carter Crawford and Gunwoo Kim)

11:15 - 11:30 a.m.    Graduate studies at VT from a student perspective
(Nik Henry – MLA graduate student)

11:30 – 12:00 a.m.    Open discussion of collaborative research opportunities

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

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM   Welcome and Breakfast

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM   Introductions and Overview of Agenda     

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM Departmental Roundtable

* Current Research

*Graduate Programs

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM           Break      

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM           Entrepreneurship and Innovation Discussion

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM            Research Presentations

If you are interested, you may give a brief overview of your current research (10 Minutes). 

This is optional. 

If you would like to present your research, send a separate e-mail to

12:00 PM        Closing luncheon, Hotel Ballroom

8:00 am – 9:15 am      Breakfast at The Inn, Drillfield Room. 

We will have panel of VT representatives to talk with the group:

Jody Marshall from MOAP

Shernita Lee from VT-Prep (also an HBCU alum!)

Katie Beach from Career & Professional Development

9:15 am – 9:30 am      Members of our Dean’s Leadership Council (student ambassador group) will guide the students to the departments that they are visiting.

9:30 am – 11:30 am    Departmental Visits:

●      Biological Sciences (Faculty Champion, Kendra Sewell) – research highlights, tours, graduate student panel – Derring Hall

●      Mathematics (Faculty Champion, James Turner) – demonstration of Cloud Library, talks about collaboration pertaining to curriculum , introductions to math faculty and department head, students will also have the opportunity to meet with the statistics department – McBryde Hall 4th Floor Seminar Room

●      Chemistry (Faculty Champion, Greg Liu) – mini research symposium for faculty and current VT grad students to present an overview of the department and research within the department – Hahn Hall South Conference Room

●      Physics (Faculty Champion, Thomas O’Donnell) – department tour and research overview – Robeson Hall

11:30 am – 12:00 pm  Members of our Dean’s Leadership Council will guide the students to the Inn for lunch.

8 - 8:45 am : Breakfast

9 -10 am: Visit to CEE and ISE Departments

10:10 - 10:50am: ICTAS labs (Helmet lab and LEWAS lab)

11 - 11:45 am: Engineering Education

11:45: Back to the Inn

8 am - 12 pm

Location: The Nanoscale Characterization and Fabrication Laboratory at ICTAS-CRC

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Interacting with NanoEarth staff and affiliated faculty and graduate students. Demonstration of advance laboratory instruments by NanoEarth instrument specialists, including the JEOL 2100 Transmission Electron Microscope, the FEI Helios 600 NanoLab Focused Ion Beam, the Cameca IMS 7f GEO Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometer, the PANalytical Empyrean X-Ray Diffraction Platform, and many more.