Superintendent's Newsletter - page 15

“VMI enjoys a special relationship with some of the most prestigious
graduate programs in the country – and one in France. Agreements with
over 20 law, medical, engineering, professional, and academic graduate
schools provide an extra degree of attention to and consideration of VMI
applicants. Our Pre-Law Society is among the largest academic clubs
on post and enjoys an exceptional reputation with admissions officers
and deans, and our Pre-Health Professions Programmanages three
guaranteed-admission agreements with medical schools in Virginia.
Our success is directly attributable to the quality of participating VMI
graduates.”
Col. Rob McDonald, Associate Dean of Faculty
Academic Enrichment Programs:
The Institute Honors Program
is open by application to any cadet with a GPA of 3.5 or higher who demonstrates
intellectual curiosity and an interest in opportunities that complement and extend programming in the academic major.
This includes seminars with distinguished visitors, such as MIT professor Sherry Turkle, NPR “Math Guy” Keith Devlin,
and Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Matthew L. Klunder, all of whom visited VMI this past year under the auspices
of the H.B. Johnson, Jr. ’26 Distinguished Lecture Series. The Honors Program is also the Institute’s incubator for
nominees for prestigious post-graduate awards such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Gates, Goldwater, and Truman scholarships.
We anticipate four outstanding nominees for the Rhodes this fall. Last year, Carrie Wortham ’12 was a named a finalist.
The VMI Center for Undergraduate Research (VCUR)
is a national leader in the promotion of student-
initiated research conducted under the close mentorship of faculty experts. This summer, 62 cadets are engaged in
VCUR-facilitated research on and off post. Their work includes projects in VCUR’s flagship program, the Summer
Undergraduate Research Institute (SURI), as well as with the Swope biology program, the chemistry Summer
Undergraduate Research Program (SURP), the math department’s program in Applied Industrial Mathematics (AIM), the
Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), and NASA, and through a special arrangement with Virginia Commonwealth
University that allows engineering majors to conduct research in Richmond.
VMI’s academic support services
include the Mathematics Education and Resource Center (MERC), the Miller
Academic Center, and the Writing Center. The Writing Center will see the hiring of a new full-time director and a new
alignment with the VMI e-Portfolio initiative in the coming year.
Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder, chief of naval research at the
Office of Naval Research in Arlington, Va., addresses cadets
as part of the H.B. Johnson, Jr. ’26 Distinguished Lecture
Series.
Cadet Kelsey McCusker ’13, Maj. Ryan Taylor ’04, and Lt.
Col. Merce Brooke '94 demonstrate the capabilities of VMI’s
new laser lab, with lasers and a specialized camera system
purchased by way of a Jackson-Hope grant and other VMI
funding.
Elizabeth Dobbins, '10 was the first woman to graduate
from U.Va. Law after earning an undergraduate degree
from VMI. She will serve as a judge advocate in the U.S.
Marine Corps. U.Va. School of Law is just one example of
the many graduate program partnerships at VMI.
Graduate Program Partnerships:
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