Excite the Dream ODU

Excite the Dream ODU is a program designed for underrepresented scholars with a dream of pursuing a career in academia. This program provides an opportunity for underrepresented scholars to gain more insight into the professoriate by inviting them to participate in a virtual one-day experience designed to cultivate skills in teaching, research, and service. Scholars will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about ODU
  • Present their research
  • Receive scholarly advice from our award-winning faculty
  • Meet with Leadership


Now Accepting Applications

We are accepting applications through August 19, 2024. Questions? Call 757-683-5893

Program Highlights

Experience our campus virtually on September 5, 2024

Meet our award-winning scholars

Gain professional development

Present your research to Deans & Department Chairs

Receive scholarly direction from industry experts

How do I qualify?

  • Be completing a terminal degree by September 2025.
  • Be a member of an underrepresented population.
  • Have an interest in academia.
  • Submit a completed application by August 19, 2024, including a cover letter, research statement, teaching philosophy and statement of interest.

Selected qualified candidates will participate in a program designed to excite their dream of becoming a scholar in academia.


If you're considering applying, or have questions about the program, call 757-683-5893 or email us.