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Engineering Education graduate students and Ph.D. alumni smiling together at the 2022 ASEE conference

Fall 2022 Open House for Prospective Ph.D. Students

Thank you for your interest in the Engineering Education Program Virginia Tech!  Choosing a graduate program is an important decision.  We are delighted that Virginia Tech is among your list of possibilities. Virginia Tech's Ph.D. program in engineering education seeks to prepare students for successful careers in research, academia, and industry by offering a program that is balanced between rigorous research and real world application.

To help you gather information about our program, we will be hosting an in-person, on-campus open house Thursday, Oct. 20 to Friday Oct. 21. The Thursday afternoon sessions will be offered in hybrid mode, so those not able to join us on-campus can join us virtually. 

Whether on-campus or virtual, open house attendees will have the opportunity to learn about our program and the faculty and students who make up our close community. The open house will feature an overview of the Engineering Education Ph.D. program and current areas of research in the department. Attendees at the on-campus event will have opportunities for discussion with faculty and current students.

An application fee waiver will be available to participants who attend either full event.

Travel Grants

A limited number of travel grants (for travel within the US) are available to attend the On-Campus Open House. Additionally, applicants who are offered admission for Fall 2023 but were unable to attend the in-person Open House in Fall 2022 will be eligible for a travel grant to visit campus during Spring 2023.

A limited number of Travel Grants are available to support travel within the US to attend the VT ENGE Open House. Recipients of a Travel Grant must attend the entire Open House event, arriving on campus in Blacksburg prior to 3 PM on Thursday October 20 and departing Blacksburg no earlier than 4 PM on Friday October 21, 2022.

A Travel Grant may be awarded to cover the following transportation and/or lodging costs:

  1. Round-trip economy airfare to Roanoke, Virginia. Tickets must be purchased through the ENGE department. You will be asked to provide Mara Knott ( the airport you wish to travel from and preferred travel dates and times. She will put you in touch with the Travel Agent who will provide you with flight options and place your ticket order. -ORMileage from your current residence to Blacksburg. You will be asked to provide your travel plans and will need to print and keep your all receipts for reimbursement purposes. Reimbursement forms will be completed during Open House and take 6-8 weeks to process. Other transportation options are limited, but can be considered. Please contact Mara Knott ( to discuss.

  2. Lodging in a local hotel when requested before 9/16. We cannot guarantee lodging requests made after 9/16. You will be asked to provide your travel plans and indicate which nights you need lodging.

The travel grant does not cover

  • transportation between your residence and “home” airport/ bus terminal/ train station or parking. 
  • ground transportation between Roanoke and Blacksburg (about a 45 minute trip). In addition to services such as Uber or Lyft (approximate cost $75 each way), the Smartway Bus runs from the Airport to Squires (on campus) at a cost of $4 each way. Be sure to consider the bus schedule and travel time between ROA and campus when making your plans. 
  • lodging outside our block of reserved rooms 
  • meals other than Thursday Dinner and Friday Lunch

Please note that once tickets are purchased or rooms reserved you will be responsible for any cancellation or change fees.

Apply for a travel grant using this form. You will be asked to submit a paragraph describing your research interests and why you are interested in our program, and your resume.