Our Community

Our department is big enough to house internationally revered research programs but small enough to foster a unique collegial and collaborative environment.


Our graduate students are actively engaged in charting a path forward for the department. Beyond team-building and mentoring in a lab environment, our graduate students advocate for greater diversity, equity and inclusion on Grounds and within their academic discipline. They also engage in professional and community outreach through student chapters of professional and technical societies. Our students have formed chapters of Material Advantage and the Electrochemical Society and participate in School-wide organizations such as the Society of Women Engineers.

Community Connections

We actively engage in cross-disciplinary research and provide many opportunities to find mentors and make connections beyond our Department. We know that work-life balance is important to you, and encourage you to take advantage of all that Charlottesville has to offer.

Why Hoos Love to Call Charlottesville Home

“The cultural scene here is way bigger than something a town of this size should have.”

Building Community