Twelve students, led by senior Ali Toloczko, launched the first Mid-Atlantic Undergraduate Research Conference in Blacksburg last March 23 and 24 at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM). This was the first regional STEM undergraduate conference hosted by Virginia Tech. Congratulations to Toloczko and her team on this great achievement.

Toloczko, a senior majoring in clinical neuroscience and chemical engineering, was the organizer and pioneer for this conference, which involved students discussing their research and included special speakers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. 

“I got the inspiration after I attended a conference at Harvard,” Toloczko said. “After presenting [my research], I realized that there was a lot more to lab and a lot more to research then just going in to work on your experiment every day.”

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