Bevan & Brown Lab
Bevan & Brown Lab


Experience in Molecular Modeling and Informatics (EMMI) is a summer research opportunity for high school students interested in bioinformatics and computational biochemistry in the New River Valley, Roanoke, and surrounding areas. In this program, we employ the Experiential Learning Theory, which has been extensively researched as a practice for actively teaching through the dynamic learning cycle driven by problem solving and reflection on the experience.

This program focuses on learning and employing various computational techniques to research in the biochemistry, biophysical, and pharmacological domains at Virginia Tech. Students will learn how to successfully utilize computational practices in answering research questions, explore protein structure-function relationships, and contribute new knowledge and data to research projects.

This program is a rigorous four-week program focused on molecular modeling, docking, and data utilization. Students will participate three hours of work a day, 9 am-12 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, to learn and employ techniques.


Learning Objectives – Students will be able to: 

  1. Demonstrate the application of the Scientific Method  

    a. Establish and define research question and hypothesis  

  2. Become skilled in computational techniques and apply in a collaborative environment with other biochemical and biophysical laboratories  

  3. Integrate knowledge of mathematics, chemistry, physics, and biology and apply to a computational focused laboratory 

  4. Obtain a foundation in the environment of a research facility and complete modules on best research practices 


We will be accepting seven (7) students to participate in this experience. Please forward applications to Amanda Sharp ( Go to this link for how to build a successful application.


Guidelines for Successful Applications

Please provide:                Statement of Intent (1 page; word-doc or PDF)

Science Classes Completed and Successes (1 page; listed in word-doc, no transcript)

One Letter of Recommendation from an Advisor (no limit; word-doc or PDF, emailed directly to Amanda Sharp –

Application Deadline:     May 15th, 2019

Dates of Experience:      June 4th – June 27th, 2019

Disclaimer: We do not provide stipend, food, or transportation. This is a pilot program to engage students in these growing fields.