DEADLINE EXTENSION: March 9th for 2015 Summer Fellowships for Undergraduate Research at VCU!

We are extending the proposal deadline to March 9th for our VCU Summer Fellowships for Undergraduate Research and Creativity!

In addition to the UROP Fellowship and our fellowships funded by the Center for Clinical and Translational Research, the Division of Community Engagement, the Global Education Office, we are very pleased to offer a new fellowship funded by the Division for Inclusive Excellence!  As always, many thanks to these units for their support!  Below you will find a brief description for each fellowship opportunity with a link to the full description.  Feel free to direct any questions to Herb Hill athhill@vcu.edu

geoGlobal Education Undergraduate Research Fellowships

The Global Education Office will fund three unique undergraduate fellowship awards for research projects, mentored by VCU faculty. Research proposals should show evidence of significant engagement with a culture originating from outside of the US that is different from the applicant’s native culture. Successful proposals should exhibit how the project will increase the student researcher’s knowledge, skills and experience to demonstrate successfully functioning across a variety of borders, such as national, linguistic, cultural, religious, and/or others. Each fellowship award includes $1500 in funding for the student and $500 for the faculty mentor.  For details and to apply visit: http://research.vcu.edu/ugresources/geo_fellowship.htm

cctrUndergraduate Fellowships for Clinical and Translational Research

The VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research will fund one undergraduate research fellowship award for a clinical translational research project focused on human health and mentored by a VCU faculty member. A clinical translational research project is one that aims to translate scientific discoveries into improved human health and wellness. Successful proposals must discuss how the project will increase the student researcher’s knowledge, skills and experience while simultaneously attempting to advance human health through clinical research. Each fellowship award includes $1500 in funding for the student and $500 for the faculty mentor.  For details and to apply visit: http://research.vcu.edu/ugresources/cctr_urop_fellowship.htm

DCEUndergraduate Fellowships for Community Engaged and Translational Research

The Division of Community Engagement and the Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR) will fund three undergraduate community-engaged research fellowship awards for research projects mentored by VCU faculty and carried out in collaboration with a community partner. Proposals for this fellowship should include a community-engaged research project that creates and disseminates knowledge or creative expression with the goal of contributing to the discipline and strengthening the well-being of the community. At least one of these fellowships will be awarded to a project that focuses on the advancement of human health.  Each fellowship award includes $1500 in funding for the student and $500 for the faculty mentor.  For details and to apply visit: http://research.vcu.edu/ugresources/ce_cctr_fellowship.htm

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Undergraduate Research Fellowship for Inclusive Excellence

The VCU Division for Inclusive Excellence will fund one undergraduate research fellowship award for a faculty-mentored research project focused on “diversity” as it relates to ideas, cultures, backgrounds and experiences. Successful proposals must discuss how the project will increase the student researcher’s knowledge, skills and experience related to the social, economic, political and historical significance of particular differences. This project may investigate diversity through the lens of gender, race/ethnicity, religion, socio-economic status, disabilities and/or international issues. Each fellowship award includes $1500 in funding for the student and $500 for the faculty mentor.  For details and to apply : http://research.vcu.edu/ugresources/ie_fellowship.htm

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VCU Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship Summer Fellowships

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) will fund a limited number of undergraduate student fellowship awards for projects mentored by VCU faculty. Successful student applicants will receive a cash stipend of $1,500 and $500 for the faculty mentor.  Applicants must submit an online application before the new deadline of March 9th for review.  For details and to apply visit: http://research.vcu.edu/ugresources/fellowship-instructions.htm

Spit for Science seeking Undergraduate Research Assistants for Fall Semester!

 

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SEEKING RESEARCH ASSISTANTS for FALL SEMESTER 2015

CLASS MEETINGS TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS 3:50-5:20 PM

 Spit for Science: the VCU Student Survey (www.spit4science.vcu.edu) is a university-wide research opportunity for VCU students. The goal of the project is to understand how genetic and environmental factors come together to influence a variety of health-related outcomes in the VCU undergraduate population. A big focus is on substance use and emotional health problems, such as depression, since the life stage that college students are entering is a high risk period for the onset of these problems.

We’re currently looking for students to be a part of the research team for Fall Semester 2015. Research assistants will be involved in assisting with the project as well as marketing, outreach, data analysis and other research activities. Students will work in teams to develop research questions and analyze Spit for Science data. Faculty involved in the project will review research papers with students and discuss topics related to the goals of the research. Discussions in class, and online, will reinforce class concepts.

Required class meetings will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:50-5:20 PM. Undergraduates at all class levels are welcome to apply. Enrollment will be for three credits (A-F grading system). If interested, please contact Dr. Amy Adkins, adkinsae@vcu.edu, or visit www.spit4science.vcu.edu for further details. The application deadline is Tuesday, March 24 at 5:00 PM.

How to Get Involved in Undergraduate Research – Info Sessions

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The VCU Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) will host four back-to-back 30 minute info sessions for undergraduate students entitled, “Preparing for Undergraduate Research”on February 24th 2015.  The sessions are scheduled from 10am-12pm in the VCU Student Commons Virginia Room A.

The info sessions will provide information about upcoming opportunities for research at VCU, and will help interested undergraduates prepare themselves for a research experience.

As part of Diversity Scholars Research Week, the info sessions will be followed by a Student Panel and Keynote Luncheon, provided by Chipotle, and free of cost to students who register HERE.

 

UROP Research Poster Creation Workshop this Thursday 2/19

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The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program will be hosting a poster workshop on:

Thursday, February 19th at 3pm in room 441 of Hibbs Hall 

The workshops will focus on the significance of a poster as a vehicle for research presentation while covering some of the technical aspects of poster creation from design to printing.

Completion of the workshop will assist in preparing undergrads to present their work, whether for the Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity taking place on campus April 22nd, 2015, or for any other national conferences related to undergraduate research.

If you would like to workshop your poster, but are unable to attend any of the announced sessions, please contact Herb Hill at hhill@vcu.edu to schedule an alternate meeting time.

Join us for VCU Diversity Scholars in Research Week Feb. 23-27!

Students and faculty we welcome you  to join us for VCU Diversity Scholars in Research Week!

The Diversity Scholars in Research Week celebrates the diversity of scholarship among our undergraduate, graduate, and professional students as well as showcasing the passion and intensity they invest in their scholarship/research.

There will be a week of activities including an exhibition, panel discussion, luncheon, keynote speaker, networking opportunities and workshops scheduled for students interested in undergraduate research opportunities, funded scholarships, resume building and next steps after graduation.  See the full schedule of events for details.

Join us and support the amazing diversity of scholarship at Virginia Commonwealth University. For more information or to register for events please visit http://www.omsa.vcu.edu or call 804-828-6672

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Call for Applications: VCU IMSD Undergraduate Research Training Program

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The deadline for applications is: March 15th 2015 Prospective students can apply online here: http://www.healthdisparities.vcu.edu/?id=1353&sid=10

If you have any further questions about the program please contact Dr. Sarah Golding segolding@vcu.edu

For Questions regarding the application process please contact:

Ms Khiana Meade, IMSD Program Coordinator: cohdtraining@vcu.edu.

UROP Research Poster Creation Workshops

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The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program will be hosting poster sessions on:

Thursday, February 19th at 3pm in room 441 of Hibbs Hall 

Friday, February 27th at 1pm in Richmond Salons 3 & 4                                      

Friday, March 6th at 3pm in room 441 of Hibbs Hall 

Thursday, March 19th at 3pm in room 441 of Hibbs Hall 

Thursday, March 26th at 3pm in room 441 of Hibbs Hall 

Wednesday, April 1st at 3pm in room 441 of Hibbs Hall 

The workshops will focus on the significance of a poster as a vehicle for research presentation while covering some of the technical aspects of poster creation from design to printing.

Completion of the workshop will assist in preparing undergrads to present their work, whether for the Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity taking place on campus April 22nd, 2015, or for any other national conferences related to undergraduate research.

If you would like to workshop your poster, but are unable to attend any of the announced sessions, please contact Herb Hill at hhill@vcu.edu to schedule an alternate meeting time.

Upcoming Deadlines for VCU Summer Undergraduate Research Programs!

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Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Summer FellowshipMar. 1st The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) will fund a limited number of undergraduate student fellowship awards for projects mentored by VCU faculty. Successful student applicants will receive a cash stipend of $1,500 and $500 for the faculty mentor.  Applicants must submit an online application no later than March 1st, 2014 for review.

Global Education Undergraduate Research Fellowships – Mar. 1st                                The Global Education Office will fund three unique undergraduate fellowship awards for research projects, mentored by VCU faculty. Research proposals should show evidence of significant engagement with a culture originating from outside of the US that is different from the applicant’s native culture. Successful proposals should exhibit how the project will increase the student researcher’s knowledge, skills and experience to demonstrate successfully functioning across a variety of borders, such as national, linguistic, cultural, religious, and/or others. Each fellowship award includes $1500 in funding for the student and $500 for the faculty mentor.

Undergraduate Fellowships for Clinical and Translational ResearchMar. 1st              The VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research will fund one undergraduate research fellowship award for a clinical translational research project focused on human health and mentored by a VCU faculty member. A clinical translational research project is one that aims to translate scientific discoveries into improved human health and wellness. Successful proposals must discuss how the project will increase the student researcher’s knowledge, skills and experience while simultaneously attempting to advance human health through clinical research. Each fellowship award includes $1500 in funding for the student and $500 for the faculty mentor.

Undergraduate Fellowships for Community Engaged & Translational Research – Mar. 1st The Division of Community Engagement and the Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR) will fund three undergraduate community-engaged research fellowship awards for research projects mentored by VCU faculty and carried out in collaboration with a community partner. Proposals for this fellowship should include a community-engaged research project that creates and disseminates knowledge or creative expression with the goal of contributing to the discipline and strengthening the well-being of the community. At least one of these fellowships will be awarded to a project that focuses on the advancement of human health.  Each fellowship award includes $1500 in funding for the student and $500 for the faculty mentor.

Undergraduate Research Fellowship for Inclusive Excellence – Mar. 1st                       The VCU Division for Inclusive Excellence will fund one undergraduate research fellowship award for a faculty-mentored research project focused on “diversity” as it relates to ideas, cultures, backgrounds and experiences. Successful proposals must discuss how the project will increase the student researcher’s knowledge, skills and experience related to the social, economic, political and historical significance of particular differences. This project may investigate diversity through the lens of gender, race/ethnicity, religion, socio-economic status, disabilities and/or international issues. Each fellowship award includes $1500 in funding for the student and $500 for the faculty mentor.

Chemistry Research Experience for Undergraduates – Mar. 1st                                      Students will participate in the REU program that begins with a three-day training period teaching basic skills common to all scientific research, and developing the perspectives and career planning components. Full-time research begins after this three-day period. Development of the perspectives component continues with regular meetings and presentations from faculty and from local industrial collaborators. The students oral and written communication skills are developed throughout the program by completing a written proposal, revising their personal statements submitted as part of their application and preparing and presenting a poster of their work at the halfway point and an oral presentation for the final symposium. Written reports of the students research results are also submitted at the conclusion of the program.

Honors Summer Undergraduate Research ProgramMar. 8th                                      The Honors College cultivates a community of students and faculty focused on collaborative research that goes beyond the typical undergraduate experience. To that end, the Honors Summer Undergraduate Research Program is an opportunity for you to work one-on-one with a faculty mentor and participate in professional development workshops throughout the summer, as well as engage in research projects for independent study.

Rice Center Research GrantsApr. 1st                                                                          The Rice Center for Environmental Life Sciences is soliciting graduate and undergraduate student research proposals that will advance the Rice Center’s mission in environmental science, health and education. Research grants up to $1,000 (undergraduate and graduate students) or $1,500 (Ph.D. students) may be used to purchase supplies and equipment, defray related travel expenses, and possibly to provide partial summer stipends. Eligible research activities are field studies conducted at the Rice Center property inclusive of the tidal James River, its tributaries, and associated riparian and upland landscapes in the vicinity of the Rice Center. Projects that involve nearby public lands owned by Rice Center partners, such as the USFWS and VDGIF, are also encouraged. Collaborative projects are encouraged and students may submit joint proposals.

Microbiology, Infectious Disease and Public Health Epidemiology – Mar. 15th               Join us at VCU for a new Summer Student Program in Microbiology, Infectious Diseases and Public Health Epidemiology. The School of Medicine will offer an integrated series of seminars and workshops that range from local to global issues in infectious diseases. Studies are related to infectious diseases from basic science (pathogenic microbiology) to applied science (epidemiology). Accepted students will be paired with a mentor to conduct research in the areas of: microbiology, clinical research, or epidemiology.

Physiology and Biophysics Summer Research ProgramFeb. 15th                              The duration of SURP in Physiology and Biophysics is 10 weeks, from early June to mid August. Students are expected to work full-time in the host lab. Support for living expenses will be provided by the program. During the summer, in addition to work in the host lab, students will interact with faculty members and graduate students in the department to acquaint themselves with various research opportunities, facilities and the general environment of the department. Mechanisms to encourage these interactions include: 1) a breakfast gathering once per week with scientific presentations from members of the Department or to present progress reports in the projects at the midpoint and end of the program and 2) social events for the students led by current PhD and MD/PhD candidates.

JACKS Pediatric and Neonatal Summer Scholars – Feb. 20th                                  JACK’s Summer Scholars Program has a rich history of providing students with the opportunity to view the world of neonatology and pediatric subspecialties through clinical mentoring and research. Summer scholars have the opportunity to work with the neonatal team as they provide care and conduct research related to infant and maternal health. Specific emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of multidisciplinary hospital care. The program also enables participants to explore medical career opportunities in pediatric subspecialties such as general surgery, anesthesiology, neurosurgery and infectious diseases.

Summer Research Volunteer Opportunities at MCV – Mar. 15th

Spit for Science will be recruiting for Fall semester soon!

You should also consider applying for NSF-funded Research Experiences (REU) for Undergraduates located at a wide variety of locations across the country.  You can browse by research area or by location at the NSF site.

Biology majors!  There is an abundance of national summer research opportunities listed on the Biology Advising Blog.

If you have questions about applying for any of the programs listed above, please contact Herb Hill at hhill@vcu.edu