November 30, 2010

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

The Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship program provides funding to participants as they are prepared academically and professionally to enter the United States Department of State Foreign Service. Women, members of minority groups historically under represented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply. The Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship seeks to recruit talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. The goal is to attract outstanding students from all ethnic, racial, and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. The Program develops a source of trained men and women from academic disciplines representing the skill needs of the Department, who are dedicated to representing America’s interests abroad. The Application for the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship is now open. The deadline is February 9th, 2011. Students interested in applying should visit the website:( and contact to set up a meeting. Please contact if you have any questions.

November 17, 2010

VCU da Vinci Center for Innovation- Undergraduate Certificate in Product Innovation

The VCU da Vinci Center for Innovation has recently launched an Undergraduate Certificate in Product Innovation. Offered to students majoring in the Arts, Business or Engineering, the Certificate provides a learning curriculum to understand managing product design, product development and new product introduction endeavors.
They are also currently accepting applications for INNO 460 – the da Vinci Project Course. The course is an interdisciplinary, team-based experience in product innovation. Students are given a real-life product innovation problem sponsored by a company. They have confirmed MWV and the State of Virginia as company sponsors for Spring 2011.
Check out the website at If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Crawford at

November 11, 2010

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Scholarship Program

Supporting students interested in pursuing the basic science and technology innovations that can be applied to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security mission.
* Undergraduate students
* U.S. citizenship required
* Funding available for fall 2011
* Full tuition and monthly stipends
* Includes 10-week summer internships at federal research facilities or DHS Centers of Excellence
* Application Deadline: January 5, 2011
Complete information is available online at
Questions regarding the DHS Scholarship Program can be sent via e-mail to

November 10, 2010

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program Updates

Message from Herb Hill, Coordinator of Undergraduate Research Opportunities at VCU:
Below you will find links to a number of websites that will help keep students, faculty, and staff up to date on student research programs and events here at VCU. As part of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), we would be more than happy to publicize and spread awareness of your student-faculty research collaborations, undergraduate research programs, and research-related events via these online spaces.
Become a fan of UROP on Facebook:
Follow us on Twitter:
Check out our blog, and subscribe to our RSS feed:
If you are currently engaged in undergraduate-faculty research collaboration, we want your story! Our blog is a perfect venue to profile our student and faculty researchers and the work that they are doing. Please contact me for details if you would like to share your experience with others.
Lastly, keep an eye on our website for new upgrades and program updates like our Travel Award Program and our Summer Fellowship. And if you’d like us to publicize your events or program, don’t hesitate to let me know.
Herbert H. Hill, M.A.
Coordinator of Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Virginia Commonwealth University
Office of the Vice President for Research
Ginter House
901 West Franklin St.
Richmond, VA 23284-2527

November 8, 2010

Great Mentorship Opportunity – Service Learning Course!

If you want adventure, like mentoring high school youth, and are tired of classes that involve only lectures, consider taking our service learning course and becoming a mentor to students in the Cosby High School Health Sciences Specialty Center. This class will help you build your resume and earn 3 upper level credits towards graduation.
There are further details and an application for the program at the website below.
Applications are due @ 5pm on November 16th.

VCU Alternative Spring Break Needs YOU!

The purpose of the Alternative Spring Break Organization is to instill the ideals of service in college students while providing them the opportunity for a productive spring break full of fun, friendship, and service-learning.  Each year, VCU Alternative Spring Break organizes volunteer trips that send more than one hundred VCU students to various sites around the country, amounting to more than 5,000 community service hours each year that address different issues. In addition to providing community service, participants gain applied educational experience and discover their role as global citizens.
This year we have planned 8 different sites that include: Michigan, Florida, Indiana, California, New York, 2 Florida trips and an international trip to Honduras. If you are interested about taking part in this life changing experience, please visit for information about the sites and the trips. Application deadline has been extended to Wednesday, November 11th, 2010. If you have any questions or concerns, please forward them to Thanks!