Students in Ferrum’s School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics have interned at the following companies and schools:
- Southern States Cooperative
- Natural Resource Conservation Service
- Tidewater Agriculture Research and Extention Center, Suffolk, Virginia
- United States Department of Agriculture, Plant Protection Quarantine
- Tri-County Soil and Water Conservation District
- Pilgrim’s Pride
- The Virginia Marine Sciences Institute
- Patuxant River Naval Air Station
- Biotechnology Research at Virginia Tech
- The Virgin Islands
- U.S. Forest Service
- National Zoological Park
- University of Kentucky
- Virginia Tech
Research and Projects
Students actively explore an area of interest by working one-on-one with a professor. Many students are required to complete independent research projects prior to graduation. Visit the projects page to see examples of projects you could participate in, or contact a faculty member for more information about research.
Recent student projects in the Chemistry major:
- Atomistic Simulation of Hysteresis Behavior of Ni-Ti Shape-Memory Alloy
- Fabrication of Polyoxometalate Supercapacitor Devices
- Experimental Analysis of Greek Fire
- Optimization of Melt Processed Photoluminescent Polymer Blend
- Inexpensive Chemistry Labs That Meet SOL Requirements
Recent student projects in the Agriculture major:
- Ken Bradshaw ’04 worked with Dr. George Byrd researching pesticide resistance in corn earworm. Ken is currently a graduate student in the Department of Agronomy, The University of Georgia.
- Derek Ritenour ’06 worked with Dr. Daryl Nash researching the impact of participation in agriculture courses on high school students’ performance on high stakes tests, such as the Virginia Standards of Learning exams. Derek is current employed as a vocational agriculture teacher by the Frederick County Public School District.
On-Campus Opportunities for Hands-On Learning
The nearly 800 acre Ferrum campus serves as an outdoor classroom. The beautiful campus gardens include an Arboretum run by the Horticulture Program and two campus greenhouses. Students have been instrumental in the construction of many of the campus gardens and in greenhouse management.
- The School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics offers several work-study positions, giving students a chance to fine-tune their laboratory skills while working side by side with professors.