We are actively recruiting students! Find the interest Survey for research projects in the Simmons Research Lab here.

Prospective Students


We select up to two curious, creative undergraduate students to join our research group each year. If you’re interested in applying, please email us with your class standing, major, a brief statement of interest, and a copy of your resume.

After you’ve been accepted to Virginia Tech, we invite you to join a team of talented researchers who are engaged in efforts to understand and advance the future of engineering education. We look for team members who have demonstrated potential for scholarly achievement. Our research group generally works with graduate students majoring in civil engineering, construction, education, engineering education, sociology, or statistics. We’ve also worked with students majoring in English and Public and International Affairs due to well-aligned interests.

If you’re interested in applying, please complete the form here. Please also attach your resume and any relevant writing samples.

Our research group is currently seeking one dynamic, organized, and focused postdoctoral researcher. For details on the associated project, please read here. We are looking for applicants who have demonstrated scholarly achievement and the ability to mentor graduate students.

If you’re interested in applying, please email us with a one page document explaining your qualifications and fit for the position, your resume, and one conference paper or journal manuscript that you’ve published.


General Inquiries

If you still have questions or would like to learn more about the lab, feel free to connect with Dr. Simmons through email, twitter, or LinkedIn. You can also learn more about Dr. Simmons through her YouTube channel.