August 15, 2017

Fall Scholarship Information Sessions

Looking for study abroad, social science, and STEM scholarships? The National Scholarship Office is holding information sessions on the following days:

Tuesday, August 29 @ 12:30: Critical Language Scholarship and Boren Awards, VCU Globe (830 W. Grace Street) Room 1030J

Wednesday, August 30 @ NOON: Goldwater Scholarship, Honors College (701 W. Grace Street) Room 1210

Wednesday, August 30 @ 1pm: Truman Scholarship, Honors College (701 W. Grace Street) Room 1210

Wednesday, September 6 @ 2pm: Critical Language Scholarship, VCU Globe (830 W. Grace Street) Room 1030G/H

Wednesday, September 6 @ 3pm: Boren Awards, VCU Globe (830 W. Grace Street) Room 1030G/H

Tuesday, September 12 @ 2pm: Critical Language Scholarship and Boren Awards, Honors College (701. W. Grace Street) Room 1303

Wednesday, September 13 @ NOON: Truman Scholarship, VCU LEAD (1000 W. Grace Street) Room 1112

Thursday, September 14 @ 2pm: Goldwater Scholarship, Honors College (701 W. Grace Street) Room 1210

Thursday, October 12 @ 2pm: RISE/SMART, School of Engineering East Hall Room 2219

Wednesday, October 18 @ 1pm: RISE/SMART, School of Engineering East Hall Room 2221

Tuesday, November 7 @ 2pm: Udall Scholarship, Honors College (701 W. Grace Street) Room 1210

Wednesday, November 29 @ 3pm: Fulbright UK Summer Institutes, Honors College (701 W. Grace Street) Room 1303

GENERAL INFORMATION SESSIONS:

Want to learn more about national scholarship opportunities? General information sessions will be held on:

Friday, October 27 @ NOON, Honors College (701 W. Grace Street) Room 1303

Tuesday, October 31 @ 2pm, Honors College (701 W. Grace Street) Room 1303

 

March 14, 2016

Research Opportunity for Underrepresented Minority Students

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Research Opportunity for Underrepresented Minority Students

The Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS) at the University of Connecticut (UConn), a cross university translational institute led by Dr. Cato T. Laurencin and Assistant Director and Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Linda Barry, is pleased to announce an exciting research opportunity.

The Young Innovative Investigator Program (YIIP) provides academic training to underrepresented students dedicated to pursuing careers as scientists and scholars in biological and biomedical science with the intent of developing the next generation of innovative biomedical scientists while increasing diversity among the pool of academic scientists. Scholarships are available to students accepted to the program.

Learn more here: http://cicats.uconn.edu/YIIP/

February 9, 2016

Congratulations to Virginia Commonwealth University’s Outstanding 2016 Goldwater Scholarship Nominees!

The National Scholarship Office is proud to announce VCU’s 4 2016 Goldwater Scholarship Nominees:


Manotri Chaubal is a sophomore Biology and Chemistry double major.

Chaubal’s proposal addresses current osteoporosis medications, which, according to Chaubal’s proposal “are limited in that they pose a high risk of symptoms.” To address this issue, her research focuses on understanding the expression of miRNA in bone formation and maturation as a potential treatment for diseases resulting in the loss of bone density such as osteoporosis or osteopenia.

After completing her bachelor degree, Chaubal plans to pursue a MD/Ph.D. in regenerative medicine. She hopes to conduct translational research at an academic center, specifically focused on bone regeneration.

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Eva Childrey is a junior Chemistry and Forensic Science double major.

Childrey’s research proposal focuses on understanding the role of membrane lipids and fatty acids in the persistence and virulence of Y. pestis in unusual environments, such as soil.  Her second reserach goal is to explore the interactions of Y. pestis membrane components with exogenous molecules that may enhance the survival of the bacterium in otherwise unfavorable or sterile conditions that could be expected in clinical settings.

After completing her bachelor degree, Childrey plans to pursue a Ph.D. focused on pathogen biochemistry and cellular defense mechanisms.  Beyond graduate research, she also plans to pursue a post-doctoral position that is focused on the biochemical role of cellular membranes in the human immune response to foreign substances and pharmaceutical compounds.  Ultimately, Childrey’s long-term goal is to lead a research team to explore the versatility of biological defense mechanisms in relation to pharmaceutical tolerance and addiction behaviors.

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Kelsey Mei-Xing FitzGerald is a sophomore Chemical and Life Science Engineering major.

FitzGerald’s research proposal is focused on biocatalysis. After completing her bachelor degree, FitzGerald plans to pursue a PhD in medicinal chemistry. She is also interested in focusing her research on the pharmacological capabilities of biocatalysis.

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Alexander Whitehead is a junior Biomedical Engineering major.

Whitehead’s research proposal aims to measure the gene expression of amputated axolotl limbs at strategic healing time points to determine if axolotl cells induce a pluripotent stage during the regenerative process. Understanding this progression, he says, “will allow us to compare healing mechanisms in mammals to those of axolotls, identify what molecules are differentially expressed, and then implement engineering strategies to improve regeneration and healing in humans.”

After completing his bachelor degree, Whitehead plans to obtain a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering with an emphasis on tissue engineering. He hopes to contribute to translational research to bridge the gap between scientific research and medical products.

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More on the Goldwater Scholarship: 

The Goldwater Scholarship Program, which honors the late Sen. Barry M. Goldwater, was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue research careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. In last year’s competition, 272 Goldwater Scholars were selected from a field of 1,107 applicants who were nominated by their college or university. Each four year university can nominate up to four students each year. The Goldwater Scholarship will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.

All four nominees applied for the Goldwater Scholarship through the National Scholarship Office, which assists VCU students and alumni who wish to compete for prestigious national and international scholarships.

Learn more here: https://goldwater.scholarsapply.org/

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August 26, 2015

Goldwater Scholarship: Attention STEM sophomores and juniors interested in funding!

The National Scholarship Office is hosting two upcoming information sessions for the Goldwater Scholarship: Wednesday, Sept 2 at 1:00PM and Thursday, Sept 3 at 2:00PM, both held in Room 1303 at The Honors College (701 W. Grace Street). Goldwater Scholarships recognize sophomores and juniors pursuing degrees in STEM disciplines who intend to pursue research-oriented careers in these fields.  For more information about Goldwater Scholarships, visit www.act.org/goldwater or blog.vcu.edu/honorsnso or email natlscholar@vcu.edu.

Doctoral candidate Upneet Sokhi in the laboratory of Paul B Fisher, M.Ph., Ph.D., professor and chair, VCU Department of Human Genetics

Doctoral candidate Upneet Sokhi in the laboratory of Paul B Fisher, M.Ph., Ph.D., professor and chair, VCU Department of Human Genetics

The Goldwater Scholarship recognizes students who are pursuing undergraduate degrees in STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) who intend to pursue research-oriented careers in these fields.

Competitive Goldwater candidates will be strong students (GPA > 3.7), will already have research experience, and will have a plan for pursuing graduate education that will lead to a career as a research scientist, engineer or mathematician.

Since 2007, nine VCU undergraduates have been selected as Goldwater Scholars.  They have pursued or are presently pursuing graduate degrees at Johns Hopkins, UCLA, Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, Harvard and Oxford among others.  Other nominees who were not selected as Goldwater Scholars have also gone on to pursue graduate degrees at top graduate institutions.

First year students who are not yet eligible to apply are encouraged to attend one of the Goldwater information sessions to learn more about this future opportunity.


 

10The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate.

The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in these fields.

August 17, 2015

STEM Majors: Goldwater Information Sessions

The National Scholarship Office will be holding two information sessions about the Goldwater Scholarship on:

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The Goldwater Scholarship recognizes students who are pursuing undergraduate degrees in STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) who intend to pursue research-oriented careers in these fields.

Competitive Goldwater candidates will be strong students (GPA > 3.7), will already have research experience, and will have a plan for pursuing graduate education that will lead to a career as a research scientist, engineer or mathematician.

Since 2007, nine VCU undergraduates have been selected as Goldwater Scholars. They have pursued or are presently pursuing graduate degrees at Johns Hopkins, UCLA, Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, Harvard and Oxford among others. Other nominees who were not selected as Goldwater Scholars have also gone on to pursue graduate degrees at top graduate institutions.

First year students who are not yet eligible to apply are encouraged to attend one of the Goldwater information sessions to learn more about this future opportunity.

For more information about the Goldwater Scholarship, visit www.act.org/goldwater or email natlscholar@vcu.edu.

June 3, 2015

Across the Spectrum Article Discusses Goldwater Nominee’s Research Essay Topic

Across the Spectrum, a blog that showcases the scope of Virginia Commonwealth University’s $262 million research program, recently published an article about a diagnostic test for Parkinson’s disease, featuring research Jacob Jaminet, 2015 VCU Goldwater nominee and Honors College student, discussed in his Goldwater research essay.

“The causes of Parkinson’s remain unknown, and a cure is still elusive. What’s more, there is no standard diagnostic test for the disease. Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University are working hard to change this,” the article says.

Jacob is continuing to pursue this research with Dr. Paul A. Wetzel (Dept. of Biomedical Engineering) through the Honors Summer Undergraduate Research Program (HSURP).

Check out the article here!

September 2, 2014

Goldwater Information Session

Hurry, this session is today!

Jeff Wing, Director of the National Scholarship Office, will offer an information session about Goldwater Scholarships on Thurs., Sept. 4 from 2-3pm in Room 1303 at The Honors College (701 W. Grace Street).  Goldwater Scholarships recognize undergraduates pursuing degrees in STEM disciplines who intend to pursue research-oriented careers in these fields.  For more information about Goldwater Scholarships, visit www.act.org/goldwater orhttp://blog.vcu.edu/honorsnso

February 10, 2014

Goldwater Scholarship 2014 Nominations

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Virginia Commonwealth University is pleased to announce that four students have been nominated for the 2014 Goldwater Scholarship.

Nicolas Andrade

20140207_145255Nicolas Andrade, an electrical engineering and physics major from Mechanicsville, Va. is a sophomore in the Honors College.  Andrade graduated from Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School in Richmond, Va. in 2012. After completing his bachelor’s degree, Andrade plans to pursue a Ph.D. in electrical engineering. In graduate school, he intends to conduct research in optoelectronics to improve the efficiency of light emitters. After his graduate studies, Andrade plans to continue to pursue translational research in optoelectronics devices while teaching at a university level.

 

Zachary Canfield

PictureZachary Canfield, a sophomore chemical engineering major from Richmond, graduated from James River High School in 2011. After completing his bachelor’s degree, Canfield plans to pursue a Ph.D. in biological engineering with a focus in synthetic biology.  Canfield would like to use synthetic biology to perform translational research such as protein engineering and genetic part characterization for the purpose of drug discovery and biofuels.

 

 

Jefferson Overlin

Goldwater Publicity Jefferson OverlinJefferson Overlin, a junior biomedical engineering major, is from Jefferson, Or. and graduated from Jamestown High School in Williamsburg, Va. in 2011. After completing his bachelor degree, Overlin plans on obtaining an M.D. and a Ph.D. in neuroscience while conducting research in the pathology of brain injury.  He hopes to contribute to the development of new methods of diagnosis, management techniques and treatments for brain injuries.

 

 

Natasha Sheybani

Natasha_Picture1Natasha Sheybani, a sophomore biomedical engineering major from Colonial Heights, Va., is a guaranteed admissions student in the Honors College.  In 2012, Sheybani graduated from the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology in Petersburg, Va.  After completing her bachelor’s degree, Sheybani plans on pursuing an M.D. and a Ph.D. with an interdisciplinary focus in biomedical engineering and computational systems biology as it pertains to anti-cancer drug delivery.  In the future, Sheybani plans to use her research with three-dimensional culture models to help develop controlled cancer treatments using algorithms optimized via evolutionary game theory.

 

 

The Goldwater Scholarship Program, which honors the late Sen. Barry M. Goldwater, was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue research careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. In last year’s competition, 272 Goldwater Scholars were selected from a field of 1,107 applicants who were nominated by their college or university. Each four year university can nominate up to four students each year. The Goldwater Scholarship will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.

Andrade, Canfield, Overlin and Sheybani applied for the Goldwater Scholarship through the National Scholarship Office, which assists VCU students and alumni who wish to compete for prestigious national and international scholarships.

September 20, 2013

Goldwater Information Session

Goldwater Info Session 9-26-2013 digitalMr. Jeff Wing, Director of the National Scholarship Office, will be holding an information session about the Goldwater Scholarship on Thursday, September 26 at 12:30 PM in Room 1303 at The Honors College (701 W. Grace Street). A second Goldwater information session will be held on Tuesday, October 1 at 2 PM at the same location.
The Goldwater Scholarship recognizes students who are pursuing undergraduate degrees in STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) who intend to pursue research-oriented careers in these fields.
Competitive Goldwater candidates will be strong students (GPA > 3.7), will already have research experience, and will have a plan for pursuing graduate education that will lead to a career as a research scientist, engineer or mathematician.
Since 2007, nine VCU undergraduates have been selected as Goldwater Scholars. They have pursued or are presently pursuing graduate degrees at Johns Hopkins, UCLA, Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, Harvard and Oxford among others. Other nominees who were not selected as Goldwater Scholars have also gone on to pursue graduate degrees at top graduate institutions.
First year students who are not yet eligible to apply are encouraged to attend one of the Goldwater information sessions to learn more about this future opportunity.
For more information about the Goldwater Scholarship, visit www.act.org/goldwater or http://blog.vcu.edu/honorsnso or email honorsnsotar@vcu.edu.

September 10, 2012

Goldwater Scholarship Information Session

Mr. Jeff Wing, Director of the National Scholarship Office, will be holding an information session about the Goldwater Scholarship on Tuesday, September 18 from 1-2pm in Room 1303 at The Honors College (701 W. Grace Street).
The Goldwater Scholarship recognizes students who are pursuing undergraduate degrees in STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) and intend to pursue research-oriented careers in these fields.
Competitive Goldwater candidates will be strong students (GPA > 3.7), will already have research experience, and will have a plan for pursuing graduate education that will lead to a career as a research scientist, engineer or mathematician.
Since 2007, eight VCU undergraduates have been selected as Goldwater Scholars. They have pursued or are presently pursuing graduate degrees at Johns Hopkins, UCLA, Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, Harvard and Oxford among others. Other nominees who were not selected as Goldwater Scholars have also gone on to pursue graduate degrees at top graduate institutions.
For more information about the Goldwater Scholarship, visit www.act.org/goldwater or email Honorsnso@vcu.edu.