December 20, 2011

Are You Interested in Pediatrics or Neonatology?

Are you interested in Pediatrics, its subspecialties or Neonatology?
JACKS Summer Scholars Program is a clinical mentor and research program in Pediatrics and Neonatology offered at the Medical College of Virginia of Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine Division of Neonatal Medicine in conjunction with the Department of Pediatrics during the summer of 2011.
The JACKS Summer Scholars Program consists of an 8 week training program in which students, mentored by clinical Neonatology or Pediatric faculty and fellows, participate in a clinical or basic translational science research project. An additional component is student exposure to clinical shadowing opportunities in various aspects of pediatric medicine including the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine, Pediatric Anesthesiology, Pediatric Surgery, and Pediatrics Neurosurgery.
JACKs Program is a national program that pairs junior/senior undergraduate students with medical students during the summer to work collaboratively on a research project with their assigned Faculty mentor.
Selected undergraduate and medical students will be invited to interview for the program by the Program Director. Students interested in applying should download the application from the VCU website
Completed applications also should include a resume and 1 letter of recommendation from a school professor.
Application deadline has been extended to Feb 1, 2012. The Summer Scholars Program is directed by Dr. Karen D. Hendricks-Muñoz Professor and Chief of Neonatal Medicine. Applications should be directed to

Summer Academic Enrichment Program

Summer Academic Enrichment Program- SAEP
The Summer Academic Enrichment Program is an intensive, six-week inter-professional academic enrichment program designed to enhance the admissions profiles of junior and senior undergraduate students, and post-baccalaureate students, actively pursuing enrollment in a health professions school. The curriculum is designed around an inter-professional framework that provides:
· three core courses
· discipline specific instruction time (dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy)
· learning skills and test-taking workshops
· seminars featuring topics on health disparities
· professionalism
· group and individual counseling
· social and networking events
Participants are provided housing and a stipend to cover program expenses.
Program highlights include:
Biological science development: All participants will attend courses in biochemistry, microbiology, and pharmacology. Students will gain a perspective of the rigor at which these courses are taught. Students will be evaluated through tests, and submit self-evaluations.
Discipline specific concentration: Participants will have focused time in one of the discipline specific concentrations. Each respective school will provide additional coursework, discipline specific seminars, or clinical exposure during this time.
Learning skills and test-taking strategies: This component will assist participants in understanding how to take standardized tests and help them develop methods for self-study in preparing for the examination.
Mock interviews: Participants will participate in group-based mock interview sessions. During these sessions, faculty from VCU health professions admissions offices will review successful interviewing strategies and pitfalls to avoid. Participants will also have the opportunity to schedule individual mock interviews with faculty and staff members of the respective schools.
Saturday Education and Learning Time (SEAL-TIME): Mandatory Saturday sessions are designed for participants to solidify and exhibit understanding of the core course topics, as well as practice peer-to-peer learning skills.
Application Details and Eligibility:
Students will apply to one of four tracks (dentistry (RAMpS), medicine, pharmacy or physical therapy), and this will determine their discipline specific concentration if they are selected to participate in the program. Upon completion of the program, participants will have the tools that will help them to assess their strengths and weaknesses in regards to successful application and matriculation into a health professions school.
Requirements for admission to the program include:
· Completed three years of college course work, including organic chemistry (note: organic chemistry not required for physical therapy track)
· Cumulative GPA of 2.75
· Two letters of reference
· Personal Statement
· Transcript
· Strong interest in attending health professions graduate school at VCU
Preference is given to those of a disadvantaged (educational, social or economic) background.
Application available online at:
Application Dates: November 15, 2011 – March 1, 2012
Program Dates: May 29, 2012 – July 6, 2012
For questions or information about the application process:
Visit us online at:
Or contact us at: or 804-827-0982

December 19, 2011

Honors Section of Computational Methods Available for Spring 2012!

If you’re interested in taking EGRB 215: Computational Methods for honors credit, a section will be available in the Spring 2012 semester. The class will meet at the same time as the non-honors section: MWF: 8-8:50 am. If you are interested in taking this class, email Ms. Homer and you will be enrolled if space is available.

December 16, 2011

Research Assistant – MCV Assessment/Evaluation Office

The VCU Office of Assessment and Evaluation Studies is seeking undergraduate students to assist in their ongoing research initiatives.  Priority will be given to undergraduate students who have an interest in research and possibly pursuing higher levels of education. 
This position will begin in January of Spring Semester 2012.  Below is a list of duties that the position will entail. 
1) Prepares tables, graphs, fact sheets, and written reports summarizing research results.
2) Copies, files, sorts, and compiles various hard copy packets of information.
3) Performs data entry and other clerical work as required for project completion.
4) Verifies the accuracy of data entered in databases; corrects errors.
5) Conducts internet-based and library literature searches and helps to summarize findings
6) Distributes and collects questionnaires and other forms.
Successful applicants will be expected to commit 10 hours per week to research, Monday-Friday, sometime between the hours of 9am-5pm.  This is a volunteer position with the possibility of gaining field study credit as the work progresses.  The VCU Office of Assessment and Evaluation Studies is located on the MCV campus. For more information, visit
Eligibility Requirements
Open to sophomores and juniors.
Pychology majors, Business majors, Pre-med students.
GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Applicants should have some interest in pursuing graduate or professional school.
If you would like to apply for this position please contact Herb Hill ASAP at  Your email should include your current GPA, major, and academic year (soph, junior, etc.).

December 12, 2011