Pre-Healthcare Profession Students (pre-med, pre-vet, etc.)
Want to pursue a career in healthcare? If you want to get into a graduate program where you earn a medical degree such as an MD, DO, PA, DVM, DPT, or PharmD, checkout this useful information for our pre-healthcare professional students.
Check-out the new peer mentoring program in the College of Science and Math and join the online sessions in Blazeview!
Academic Support Center
The Academic Support Center acts as a compass to help students navigate their college careers and get a bearing on success through tutoring, advising, and on-campus job opportunities.
Here are study tips to assist students in achieving success throughout their college careers.
Valdosta State University is a member of the Southwest Georgia STEM Pathways Alliance (SWGA-SPA) program. The SWGA-SPA is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program, created to provide support to underrepresented minority (URM) students (African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders). The goal of this program is to transform the STEM learning environment by significantly increasing the number of URM majors graduating with baccalaureate degrees and applying to graduate programs in the STEM disciplines.
To learn more about the program, visit our LSAMP page.
First-year students are being advised by our team of professional advisors to help choose courses specific to their chosen degree path.
Valdosta State University is proud to offer scholarships to currently enrolled STEM students, incoming freshmen, and transfer students. Scholarships are financial awards given to students who represent the high standards of Valdosta State University.
Unique Course Opportunities
GEOL 3120 is a 3-hour course, offered during Maymester that will take you on a grand field trip throughout the Western United States. Prerequisites are either physical geology (GEOL 1121) or introduction to landforms (GEOL 1113). To get an idea of what you will experience during this course, check out pictures from this course here.
Study Abroad classes are offered each year and provide students with the opportunity to make connections abroad and study in interesting places while receiving academic credit.
Student Organizations and Opportunities for Participation
Student Travel Awards
Student Travel Awards are available through CoSM's Stem Education Fund for STEM majors in the College of Science & Mathematics. These awards provide up to $500 for students in the College of Science and Mathematics who are presenting a research paper or poster at a meeting or who are attending a workshop to learn skills to prepare them for success in graduate school and a career in research.
Applications for 2023-2024 are now being reviewed on a rolling basis. The application can be found here.
Undergraduate Research Programs
If you are interested in gaining research experience, ask your faculty mentor for advice or check out your department's webpage to learn about each faculty member's area of expertise, and to discover research opportunities within your department. If you are interested in a particular research area, talk with your professors about the possibility of finding research opportunities during the academic year and during the summer. VSU also has the Blazer Summer Research Institute, a competitive summer program for students to work with faculty on research projects.
VSU student researchers have even been recognized by being co-authors with their faculty mentors in peer-reviewed journals, and all students have the opportunity to showcase their research, scholarship, and creative activities to the VSU community at the Undergraduate Research Symposium. This event has grown tremendously and has proven popular with students and faculty. Cash prizes are awarded to student researchers selected by the judging committee.
Blazer Research Breaks
The Blazer Research Breaks program is designed to encourage undergraduate student participation in mentored research beyond the classroom. Check out the details:
- BRB: Igniting the Blaze - a two-day workshop for students interested in participate in high quality undergraduate research at VSU.
- BRB guidelines (eligibility, program requirements, and application process)
- BRB student narrative template
Undergraduate Research Brown Bag Series (online) at VSU
Check out this excellent opportunity to learn about undergraduate research at VSU. All are invited! The Undergraduate Research Council has posted their Brown Bag Series on YouTube. You can view the Brown Bag Discussions here: 2023 Brown Bag Series
The Honors College at VSU provides unique opportunities for students to study, conduct research, and exchange ideas in a challenging and encouraging academic environment. We encourage all students who qualify for the Honors Program to join the program as early as possible.