September 19, 2014

Berglund Review (Formerly “Passport Checks”) and Honors Registration:

As part of the requirements to remain active in The Honors College, students are expected to attend three Berglund seminars per semester.  Effective Spring 2014, the Honors College began tracking attendance electronically.  About midway through the semester, the Honors College will review the data collected electronically to determine students’ activity status and their registration date.  This “Berglund Review” date is set for October 15, 2014.  Be sure to attend 2 seminars before this date.

The Honors College will use the data collected to identify those students who attended at least 2 seminars SO FAR for the current semester.  In addition, all students who were in the Honors College for Spring 2014, must have completed 3 seminars in Spring 2014.

  • Active students who can demonstrate that they attended 3 seminars in the previous semester (if you were an HC member at the time) and 2 seminars for the current semester will be able to register for Spring 2015 classes on October 27th (unless on hold).
  • All other honors students will default to the standard honors registration date, October 29th (unless on hold).  This is still in advance of standard VCU registration.

Please remember that, at this time, we CANNOT accept individual requests from students who want to check and see how many seminars they have attended, according to the Honors College’s records.  With over 1000 students in the Honors College, the staff is unable to respond to such requests in a timely fashion.  However, students will be given an opportunity to check their records of attendance against the HC’s record of attendance before Berglund Review begins.  This will allow you to investigate any discrepancies and ensure that you have been assigned the correct registration date.  Details will follow soon.

Remember that another important aspect of staying active is taking at least one honors course per academic year.  If you are not taking one this fall, be sure to enroll in one for the spring or summer!  When we conduct Berglund Review in the spring semester, the Honors College will be assessing this aspect as well.

You may contact Ms. Homer with questions or concerns:

September 18, 2014

The Freshman Research Institute Featured on VCU Across the Spectrum

Managed by University Public Affairs in the Division of University Relations, VCU Across the Spectrum is a blog that showcases the scope of Virginia Commonwealth University’s $248 million research program.

Recently, the Honors College’s Freshman Research Institute was featured in an article written by Sathya Achia Abraham, highlighting the program’s unique experience for incoming freshmen in the Honors College.

You can read the article at, and make sure to check out the other articles on research being conducted here at VCU.

September 17, 2014

Posters on the Hill: Abstract Submissions Open

As the undergraduate research community works to ensure that those in the U.S. Congress have a clear understanding of the research and education programs they fund, nothing more effectively demonstrates the value of undergraduate research than a student participant’s words, work, and stories. In the Spring of 2015 the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) will host its 19th annual undergraduate poster session on Capitol Hill.  There will be an evening poster session and reception where students will have the opportunity to speak directly to members of Congress and demonstrate how they have been impacted by these programs.

The Council on Undergraduate Research invites you to submit an abstract for the 19th Annual Posters on the Hill. Your research should represent one of CUR’s Divisions (Arts and Humanities, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Geosciences, Health Sciences, Mathematics/Computer Science, Physics/Astronomy, Psychology, and Social Sciences). Abstract submissions should describe your research, scholarship, or creative activity and discuss its significance to society (i.e. what larger issues or problems were you trying address or understand?; how does your work relate to current policy issues?).

Applications due Wednesday, November 5, 2014, including letter of recommendation

Abstract submissions will only be accepted by using the on-line submission form. To prepare you application, please visit  and refer to the “Information Required to Submit” document linked at the bottom of this page. Once you submit your application, you will receive an email confirmation that we have received it.  Please note you will also receive an email for partially completed submissions which include instructions on how to login to complete the application (be sure to read these emails carefully to ensure you have a complete submission).

Spring 2015 Internship Opportunity: Capital Semester in Washington, D.C.

Capital Semester Spring 2015, Washington, D.C. (

EARLY DEADLINE: October 1, 2014
FINAL DEADLINE: November 5, 2014

Sponsored by The Fund for American Studies, Capital Semester combines substantive internships, 12 academic credits, career development activities, site briefings and lectures led by policy experts. This fast-paced, fifteen-week residential program provides undergraduate students from around the world with opportunities to gain the edge in today’s competitive job market and graduate school admissions, and experience the excitement of Washington first-hand.


  • Aerospace Industries Association
  • American Legislative Exchange Council
  • American Red Cross
  • Children’s Rights Council
  • Congressional Offices
  • Foreign Embassies
  • Institute for World Politics
  • New Leaders for New Schools
  • Philanthropy Roundtable
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • U.S. Department of the Treasury


  • Internships – Competitive placements with government agencies, congressional offices, public policy groups, international affairs organizations and nonprofit organizations
  • Housing – Roommate matching and furnished Capitol Hill apartments in the heart of D.C.
  • Classes – Full-time course load in political science and economics accredited by George Mason University
  • Guest Lectures – With Washington’s top policy and economics experts
  • Exclusive Briefings – At the World Bank, State Department, U.S. Capitol and Federal Reserve
  • Leadership & Professional Development – Leadership, mentoring and career building activities
  • Networking – Interaction with seasoned professionals and student leaders from around the world
  • Scholarships – Generous scholarships are awarded based on merit and financial need and over 75% of students receive scholarship funding


Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the Final Deadline of November 5, 2014. Students are encouraged to apply for the early deadline of October 1, 2014 to receive a 5% discount on their tuition balance as well as priority internship placement. For more information and an online application, please visit the program website or contact Dana Faught, Associate Director of Recruitment and Admissions or 202-986-0384.

Pre-Health Interviewing Workshops

Nervous about your pre-health interviews? VCU Career Services will be hosting interviewing workshops specifically tailored to pre-health students on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, 9/23 at 3:00 p.m. in Virginia Room B of the Student Commons
  • Wednesday, 9/24 at 3:00 p.m. in Virginia Room B of the Student Commons
  • Tuesday, 10/21 at 2:00 p.m. in Virginia Room C of the Student Commons

Students applying for this year’s application cycle (including clinical lab, dental hygiene, radiation sciences, in addition to medical, dental, pharmacy, etc.) are encouraged to attend.

September 15, 2014

VCU Libraries – Upcoming Fall Events

An Evening with Natasha Trethewey, United States Poet Laureate and Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
When: September 17, 6-8pm
Where: VCU Student Commons, Commonwealth Ballrooms
What: Natasha Trethewey, United States Poet Laureate (2012–2014), winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University reads from her poems and then engages in conversation with Claudia Emerson, VCU professor and acclaimed poet and winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.
Sanger Series: Enhancing the Transparency and Reproducibility of Science
When: September 22, noon-1:30pm
Where: McGlothlin Medical Education Building, Learning Theater
What: Concerns voiced by the public and scientists suggest the systems for ensuring the reproducibility of biomedical research are in need of repair. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is exploring ways to strengthen the rigor and reproducibility of research findings. Learn more from thought leader Lawrence Tabak in a presentation that takes to task current research practice.
After You Hit ‘Submit’!: Scientific Publishing from the Journal’s Perspective
When: Wednesday, October 11-3 p.m.
Where: Academic Learning Commons, room 4100
What: Learn the role of publishers and editors, then get answers to your publishing questions from a panel of experts: a publisher, three VCU editors, and a student author!  Refreshments will follow.