The Biological Systems Engineering Department was named a University Exemplary Department in 2004 for effectively linking research and scholarship with teaching, with particular concentration on innovative undergraduate programs.  Faculty members in the department frequently hire BSE students to work in their research laboratories. Faculty members put student understanding of the project before completion of the work, making it a chance for students to get valuable real-world experience to complement their academic education.

Students can find other research opportunites across campus through the university Office of Undergraduate Research - http://research.undergraduate.vt.edu/