Archive of Impact Spotlights
No one has to wonder what alumnus and entrepreneur Tracy Wilkins is thinking. He’ll tell you.
Graduate student Anne Hilborn shares bite-sized bits of her cheetah research through social media.
Virginia Tech scientists are developing ways to deal with pests such as lady beetles, ash borers, and stinkbugs.
The Cooperative Education and Internship Program incorporates real-world work experience into students' lives.
The Corps of Cadets Color Guard teaches flag etiquette to the next generation.
Pamplin Professor Chris Zobel studies how communities cope with and recover from a catastrophe.
Paul Marek’s lab uncovers new species of millipedes here in Appalachia.
Virginia Tech researchers are doing what they can to save populations of endangered species.
Teen Cuisine teaches kids how to eat healthier while learning other important life skills.
The goal of the much-anticipated ratings is to reduce head injuries among players.
Through the AWARE program, Virginia Tech students mentor middle school girls.
Virginia Tech's David Cline is a lead oral historian for the national Civil Rights History Project.
Pamplin professor Vince Magnini offers a practical guide for businesses to elevate their customer service.
The Food Animal Field Services team made more than 2,200 farm visits and examined more than 55,000 animals in 2013.
Virginia Master Naturalists are a statewide corps of trained volunteers providing who provide education, outreach, and service to support local natural resources and public lands
These trained volunteers provide education, outreach, and stewardship to protect the state’s natural resources.
Myers-Lawson School of Construction experts find new ways to teach workers to avoid injury on the job site.
Students from Senegal and Virginia Tech learn about sustainable agriculture while they experience cultural traditions.
The wording of the Corps of Cadets Honor Code has remained the same over time but its educational aspect continues to evolve.
Cadets who participate in an ROTC program receive basic military training and officer training for their chosen branch of service.
Community engagement, especially when it comes to students, is a central focus for the Center for the Arts.
Virginia Cooperative Extension’s fresh produce food safety initiatives provide key lessons to farmers.
A new center pairs massive amounts of data about natural resources with the expertise of college faculty.
Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets donates more than 12,000 hours of service each academic year.
Most students in Virginia Tech's property management program get job offers before they graduate.
An entomology professor works to protect the East Coast's hemlock trees from a predator.
Through the efforts of senior Austin Larrowe, progress in the fight against world hunger takes root in Nicaragua and beyond.
Geoscientist John Chermak helps mining and energy companies mitigate their environmental impacts.
Maria Elisa Christie's job is to improve the economic status of women around the world.
The Dan River Region research project could provide a model to combat the nationwide obesity epidemic.
Experts from the Department of History and the University Libraries help the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets move its museum.
Scientists and students help to make sure the Western Virginia Water Authority's water is safe and clean.
For student veterans, service projects and social gatherings help form friendships and assimilate back into civilian life.
Associate Professor Ralph Buehler’s research in the National Capital Region works to improve the infrastructure for cycling.
Virginia Tech Transportation Institute researchers create new ways for motorcycles to "talk" with other vehicles.
A multidisciplinary team tries to thwart disease transmission.
The Veterinary Teaching Hospital offers physical therapy to help dogs re-learn to walk after injury or surgery.
Each fall, students and university employees volunteer as Hokie Helpers during move-in week.
Professor Ozzie Abaye helps to modernize agriculture practices in Senegal.
Virginia Tech scientists help to battle an old foe.
A wildlife science student interviews former Zambian poachers.
Members of Virginia Tech’s Health Education and Awareness Team develop health education programs.
About 130 students volunteer with Hokie Ambassadors to give campus tours and showcase the Virginia Tech spirit.
The Equine Field Service takes veterinary students on the road to care for horses.
A Virginia Tech historian's research looks at how sleep has changed in modern times.
People from diverse backgrounds train to be leaders in global sustainability.
Michael Ozlanski helps accounting students do well in their careers and do good in the world.
For more than a decade, Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumni have coordinated military flyovers at Lane Stadium.
Extension volunteers help provide nutrition education across the state.
Chris Barnes' research shows that sleep deprivation may contribute to unethical conduct in the workplace.
A wildlife professor provides advice to governments and residents about interacting with animals.
Campers at the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center enjoy locally grown food throughout the summer.
A center at the veterinary college expounds the therapeutic benefits of companion animals.
Legislation signed by Abraham Lincoln created the land-grant system 150 years ago.
Virginia Tech wildlife scientists have spent seven years studying the shorebird’s diet and habits for clues to its decline.
Virginia Tech faculty members are looking for ways to help grandparents who are serving as parents.
Virginia Tech and Moroccan students work together to research international terrorism.
Students expand their finance education by managing stocks and bonds for the Virginia Tech Foundation.
A student’s research could help groundskeepers choose the best clay for pitching mounds.
Virginia Tech’s economic development team pushes $10 million into Western Virginia’s challenged economy.
Thousands participate in the cultural, educational, and research programs at Virginia Tech’s Reynolds Homestead each year.
Graduate student Keri Agriesti studies the connection men and women who farm in Bolivia have with the soil.
Industrial design and architecture students visit India to create practical tools for people living below the poverty line.
Virginia Tech students help create safe passage for villagers, including children getting to school.
Professors Keith and Marie Zawistowski guide students to produce better buildings and stronger communities.
David Kramar gathers valuable data on the small population of golden eagles in the East.
More than 175 students participate in the volunteer note-taker program run by Services for Students with Disabilities.
Student Rachel Gallimore has taken in a wide range of experiences at Virginia Tech.
Virginia Cooperative Extension helps families improve their nutrition through a community garden program.
A Virginia Tech-based movement called Actively Caring for People is spreading.
The Corps of Cadets' Regimental Band has a history of producing students recognized for their contributions to the community.
Studying what causes inflammation could lead to treatment for more debilitating diseases.
The project is finding ways to protect water quality while increasing growers’ profits.
An annual street fair gives students a chance to share their home country's heritage and traditions.
A Pamplin alumnus and former investment manager works to protect old battlefields from development.
A chemistry professor's work with filled fullerenes has led to research for the National Cancer Institute.
A car retrofitted by Virginia Tech students takes the famous track with a blind man behind the wheel.
Participants learn about the African nation, as well as themselves, during the service-learning experience.
Virginia Tech researchers are working with farmers to use conservation agriculture techniques to improve soil conditions.
The Virginia Tech’s Student Engineers' Council raises $500,000 to support student team projects.
The community came together to make the Virginia Tech-YMCA comparison of alternative energy technologies a reality.
Pamplin's four MBA programs are designed to meet the different needs of both full-time and part-time students.
Since 2001, the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets has raised more than $181,300 for the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va.
The Virginia Water Resources Research Center at Virginia Tech is researching headwater streams affected by coal mining.
The Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program educates people about the how and why of sustainable forest management.
A Virginia Tech clinic offers services for children with autism.
A Pamplin professor's research shows the need for greater consumer awareness of how electricity is used.
Virginia Tech alumni were instrumental in creating a fully accessible beachside park.
Research identifies natural hazards and assesses related risks to the commonwealth.
Virginia Tech graduate students offer the town of Floyd, Va., options to improve its future.
A Virginia Tech professor's ongoing research has helped increase awareness of deck safety.
The Hahn Horticulture Garden is a refuge for the public, a lab for students, and a labor of love for volunteers.
With more than $1 million raised, Virginia Tech's Relay For Life is among the top collegiate Relay events in the nation.
Virginia Tech research on polysaccharides may result in more effective drug treatment.
Karen Johnson views Virginia Tech as both a fulfilling place to work and a worthy cause to support.
The Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Council helps Virginia Tech alumnae and friends stay engaged with the university.
College of Engineering faculty help employees learn to work more safely.
A Virginia Tech outreach program helps small businesses, educates students, and supports economic development.
A Virginia Tech professor's research on predator-prey interaction could help alleviate deforestation in Madagascar.
Virginia Tech sponsored an exchange program with Kenya to teach responsible governance.
Virginia Tech students have access to education abroad programs on all seven continents.
Virginia Tech's Greek organizations donate thousands of hours in community service each year.
Virginia Tech's viticulture and enology programs strengthen Virginia's grape and wine industry.
Virginia Tech researchers test methods to reduce runoff by using trees and structural soils.
Virginia Tech's STEM programs inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.
Members of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets learn to become leaders by first obeying, then leading their fellow cadets.
Extension programs across the state focus on education to improve water quality.
Potential scientists and engineers are nurtured in Virginia Tech summer camps.
Research of oppositional defiant disorder will be the first in the nation to compare types of treatment.
Students, alumni, and administrators team up on international service projects.
Virginia Tech's Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center provides critical diagnosis and treatment.
Each One Reach One pairs a new Virginia Tech student with an upper-class or graduate mentor.
Students gain invaluable life experience abroad.
A program in the veterinary school provides large animal care in the field.
Dr. Taranjit Kaur is trying to figure out how to protect Africa's endangered chimpanzee population.
The Virginia Tech Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Center is restoring endangered mussels to the region's rivers.
A student wildland firefighting group works to ignite the truth about the importance of forest fires.
Through research and field work, Marc Edwards’ efforts have influenced changes in lead and water-related regulations.
Professor Doris Zallen has published a book on issues to consider before pursuing genetic screening.
Virginia Tech scientists work to mitigate the effects of pollution in the Chesapeake Bay, ensuring blue crab health.
The Pamplin College of Business is expanding its teaching and research programs on workplace diversity and multiculturalism.
Read student reactions to this retreat -- designed to help with the transition to college -- in the students’ blog.
Virginia Cooperative Extension’s community viability programs help find ways to improve and sustain hometowns.
College of Engineering's Thurmon Lockhart is solving the mysteries of mobility and stability in his Locomotion Research Lab.
Members of Ut Prosim Society, Virginia Tech's most prestigious donor group, have contributed more than $569 million.
This green partnership has begun to develop new and test under-used varieties of ornamental germplasm through a research-based plant introduction program.
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Hibernating black bears could hold a key to treating osteoporosis and depression, say Virginia Tech wildlife researchers.
Senior Christine George is helping fight the spread of yellow fever and dengue carried by the Aedes mosquito.
Stroubles Creek restoration offers model for reversing effects of pollution on nation’s streams and waterways.
Researchers have developed an antioxidant delivery system to target specific cell receptors present in the lower airways of RAO-affected horses.
Theme housing groups students with shared interests. The approach engages students and gives them tools for success.
The Executive Energy Management Program is helping Indian engineers enhance their global leadership skills.
Some 2,500 students banded together this spring for a project with a 'Big' purpose: dedicating their Saturday to thank community residents.
After discovering that parents did not know how to protect their children's online privacy, a Virginia Tech team went to work on a solution.
Biomechanics researchers are working implements that help reduce impact-related injuries on the field and in your car.
An interdisciplinary effort uses geospatial information technology to save money, assist federal programs and help safeguard Virginia.
The Child Study Center aims to arm children and parents with ways to conquer childhood phobias, such as fear of dogs.
Jerry Gaines has spent 35 years giving back in education. This trailblazing former student-athlete leads by example.
This acclaimed program blends challenging academic standards with inventive vision. The results touch lives and inspire change.
The interdisciplinary MILES program is targeting pressing health issues by looking at free-radical and oxidation processes.
Researchers at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute are helping keep families safe on the road.