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Institute Centers

Center for Communicating Science

The art of connecting across difference.
The Center for Communicating Science creates and supports opportunities for scientists, scholars, health professionals, and others to develop their abilities to communicate and connect.

Center for Public Health Practice and Research

The Center for Public Health Practice and Research (CPHPR) at Virginia Tech partners with an interdisciplinary group of faculty, staff and students at Virginia Tech and community organizations to enhance public health practice and research in the region.

Center for Rural Education

The Center for Rural Education aims to advance educational equity in rural communities through research and outreach. Working with transdisciplinary teams from Virginia Tech and beyond, especially partners in rural communities, the Center for Rural Education seeks to understand and address the complex challenges that impact rural schooling.

Associated Centers

Center for Gerontology

The Center for Gerontology serves as the organizational unit and focal point for aging-related activities at Virginia Tech. The center’s primary mission is to foster and facilitate multidisciplinary research that enhances the quality of life of older adults, focusing primarily on three areas: Family Gerontology, Health and Aging, and Elder Rights.

Center for Biostatistics and Health Data Science

The mission of the Center for Biostatistics and Health Data Science is to achieve excellence in Virginia Tech’s health and medically related research portfolio through fostering collaborations across biostatistics, data science, health analytics, computer science, engineering, bioinformatics, biology, database management and integration, project coordination, clinical practice, health economics, translation and public policy.

Center for Agricultural Trade

The Center for Agricultural Trade aims to become a national leader in the creation and dissemination of information and analysis for policymakers, commercial firms, and producers in the global marketplace for agricultural products through a three-fold mission focused on education, outreach and research.

Center for Refugee, Migrant and Displacement Studies

The Center for Refugee, Migrant and Displacement Studies conducts research and outreach activites with recently resettled refugee, migrant or displaced families in the Blacksburg and New River Valley areas and collaborates with multiple other Virginia Tech units and local service agencies.


Affiliated Centers

Center for Rhetoric in Society

With a mission to investigate language use through rhetorical and narrative analysis to understand significant social problems, the Center serves as an incubator for individual and collaborative research projects, events, and community outreach programs.

Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability

The Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS) educates, inspires, and empowers professionals to create a better future for people and our planet through graduate education, professional development and research and consulting.

VT Center for Autism Research

The Virginia Tech Autism Clinic and Center for Autism Research promote collaborative research on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and related conditions from multiple disciplinary perspectives. The Clinic and Center build upon basic research and clinical resources already available at Virginia Tech and work closely with other autism service providers to provide outreach on research findings, conduct research, and recruit participants.