Bringing students, faculty, and key administrators together

New Horizon Graduate Scholars kicking off the academic year.
New Horizon Graduate Scholars kicking off the academic year.

By focusing on the university’s plan for the New Horizon – creativity, collaboration and innovation across disciplines – this community honors the contribution that diversity, broadly defined, brings to discovery.  The New Horizon Graduate Scholars program, administered from the College of Engineering Dean’s Office, supports and enhances diversity among our graduate student population. The NHGS community is a collaborative research network of ambitious Engineering graduate students who are nominated by their departments. This community is provided with resources and opportunities that can strengthen one’s academic career while at Virginia Tech as well as preparing one for a successful future. 

Advantages of being a NHGS include:

  • Travel support to present research project findings at conferences
  • Fellowship proposal writing workshops including the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Department of Defense opportunities, and others
  • Lunch and dinners with invited guest speakers from industry and academia
  • Opportunities to design and implement specific programs to advance student’s professional careers currently unavailable through the college or university

Expectations of New Horizon Graduate Scholars include:

  • Participation with the NHGS Peer Mentor program during the first semester
  • Active participation in at least one area of opportunities, including professional development sessions, reading or writing groups and social opportunities
  • Completion of a yearly evaluation with your Faculty Advisor
  • Submission of a research proposal to the VT Graduate School Association Research Symposium by the second year of coursework, and every year subsequent that funding is provided
  • Maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0, or successfully obtain a Waiver of this requirement    

 

Learn more
Please contact Renee Cloyd, the Director of Graduate Retention in the College of Engineering.

Become a Peer Mentor
Current New Horizon Graduate Scholars, would you like to assist incoming first-year graduate students with their transition to Virginia Tech? Become a Virginia Tech Early Engineering Mentoring (VTEEM) Peer Mentor