Deadline Extended to March 25th for Applications for the VCU IMSD research training program!

Calling future Scientists!

Are you passionate about science, ready to immerse yourself in research, looking for a community of like-minded peers, craving career development opportunities and interested in pursuing graduate education?

The Center on Health Disparities is excited to request applications for:
The VCU Initiative to Maximize Student Development (IMSD) undergraduate research training program.

We are looking to recruit 7-8 eager young biomedical or behavioral researchers from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the biomedical sciences who are excited to engage in a research-intensive curriculum and a long term biomedical or behavioral research experience.
More details about what the program has to offer can be found on the attached flyer.

The deadline for applications is: March 25th, 2019
Prospective students can apply online here:

If you have any further questions about the program please contact me
Dr. Sarah Golding, Director of the VCU Undergraduate IMSD program

For questions regarding the application process please contact.
Ms Khiana Meade
IMSD Program Coordinator

We look forward to reviewing your applications!


Apply Now for the VCU GREAT Program: Guided Research Experience and Applied Training!

Deadline for Applications is March 11th.  Apply now: VCU GREAT APPLICATION

The VCU GREAT summer research program provides undergraduates with funded research training under the guidance of VCU faculty mentors conducting behavioral sciences research.  Second-year students from backgrounds that are historically underrepresented in health-related sciences are strongly encouraged to apply.  Central to the mission of VCU GREAT is the diversification of our academic, research, and behavioral sciences professional community.

VCU GREAT is supported by a team of Spit for Science faculty collaborators who offer experiential learning in alcohol research, the genetics of substance use, and related behavioral health outcomes including mindfulness, sleep, depression and anxiety, parent-child relationships, and interpersonal relationships.

Over the course of 8 weeks spanning from mid-June to August, successful applicants will engage with guided research and reflection, participate in weekly group sessions centered on preparation for further research, education, and career pathways, and learn about responsible conduct of research.  The GREAT program offers built-in individual advising and community-building so that GREAT students have the opportunity to continue with research after their summer experience and to expand upon their relationships with their scholarly network.

Additionally, GREAT students will be trained and mentored in the communication of research and scholarship, and have the opportunity to present their work at local and national conferences and symposia.

For more information about VCU GREAT, including our faculty mentors for the summer of 2019, check out a recent VCU News article on our program HERE.  Applicants should be VCU students who are citizens or permanent residents, and who will be enrolled as a VCU undergraduate the following academic year.

Please feel free to direct questions or concerns to Dr. Amy Adkins at or Mr. Herb Hill at



Announcing the VCU Rice Rivers Center 2019 Undergraduate Research Summer Scholarships

The Rice Rivers Center (VCU Life Sciences) will fund a limited number of undergraduate student research awards for projects mentored by VCU faculty. Successful student applicants will receive a cash stipend of $1400 to defray expenses associated with the research project. The Center’s mission is to support relevant research, innovative instruction, and community engagement in areas including conservation biology, ecological restoration, water resources, and applications of environmental technology. The RRC Summer scholars program complements that mission by supporting student research in these broad disciplines. Research located at the Center and environs (Charles City County; James River) is encouraged but not required. For more information on the Center, please visit

> Eligibility – Full time VCU undergraduates with at least 1 full academic year left to complete before graduation.

> Application Process – The application consists of three elements:

Application Requirements

  1. The student and faculty mentor will collaborate on a written proposal (maximum of five pages, double-spaced), detailing:
  • The significance of the proposed work, based on a brief review of the published literature
  • A detailed research question, objective(s), and hypotheses (if appropriate)
  • A detailed description of the methods and approach that will be used to accomplish your research objectives
  • Expected outcomes from the completed project, including how the work will contribute to the knowledge and skills of the student
  • A detailed work plan and schedule with specific tasks that translate to a significant amount of time (roughly 20 hours per week for the Summer) dedicated to your project.
  • A statement wherein the student pledges to submit a mid-term project report by July 15 and to participate in the VCU Undergraduate Symposium and the Rice Rivers Center Research Symposium the following Spring.

2. The student must write a one-page personal statement addressing the student’s experience and qualifications to accomplish the proposed work

3.A letter of support from a faculty mentor addressing the following questions:

  •  How long and in what capacity has the mentor known the student applicant? Have you mentored this student before?
  • What experience, knowledge, skills, or capacities does the mentor believe the applicant possesses that qualify the student to conduct the proposed work?
  • A brief statement describing the mentor’s support for, and involvement in, the work plan.

Applicants must upload their materials (marked as RICE CENTER) to by the deadline of April 12th for review.

Faculty Mentors should email their letter of support to with the title “RICE CENTER Scholarship Letter/(name of student)” by the deadline of April 12th for review. Awards will be announced by April 30.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities in the McLeod Clinical Psychology Research Lab

Dr. Bryce McLeod, VCU Clinical Psychology

• Volunteer research assistants are needed in the McLeod lab to assist with various treatment integrity studies. Specific duties of research assistants are as follows:
o Maintain organization of codesheets and other data
o Enter data from codesheets into the REDCap database o Run intraclass correlations (ICCs) on data entered into the database

• Requirements:
o Current VCU undergraduate student in 2nd or 3rd year
o Motivation to learn more about the research process, particularly in the field of clinical psychology
o Ability to consistently commit at least 5 hours per week to volunteering
o Ability to work independently

Interested? Contact Jennifer Cecilione ( for more information! Please attach your current resume or CV to the email.

Read more about the research happening in the McLeod Lab HERE!

Call for Abstracts: VCU Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity!

Organized by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) and part of VCU Student Research Weeks, the annual VCU Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity is an opportunity for students to present their research endeavors and creative scholarship to their academic peers, members of the VCU faculty, community members, and friends and family.  All undergrads from every discipline are encouraged to present and attend.  Presentations may be for completed research projects, completed papers, or research in progress.

Projects involving creative work such as prose or poetry, performances, and artwork will be considered for acceptance if they are part of a scholarly project undertaken by the student.  We are currently accepting poster abstracts up until the deadline of March 22nd, 2019.  All abstracts should be submitted to  Please note, we will divide the symposium into two sessions this year.  Session 1: 10:30am-12pm  Session 2: 1pm-2:30pm.  We will hold remarks at 12:30pm.  Upon submission of their abstracts, students will be asked to choose only one session during which they will be available to present their poster.

After students are notified of their acceptance, we will accept electronic file submission of their posters.  Note: We hold poster workshops Jan. – Mar. and we are able to print research posters free of cost to our students!  A schedule for upcoming poster workshops will be posted on the UROP Blog next week.

Abstracts should include: Name/Major of student, Name/Dept. of Faculty Mentor, Title of research Project, Brief description of research project.  All inquiries to

Research Weeks will take place throughout the month of April, and the symposium will take place on Wednesday April 24th, 2019.  Our Research Poster Design Workshop schedule is below:

3/7/2019 Thu 3:30 PM 4:30 PM MPC | Temple Building TEMPL 1160
3/11/2019 Mon 3:00 PM 4:00 PM MPC | Harris Hall HARRIS 2129
3/19/2019 Tue 3:30 PM 4:30 PM MPC | Temple Building TEMPL 1160
3/25/2019 Mon 4:00 PM 5:00 PM MPC | Hibbs Hall HIBBS 264
3/28/2019 Thu 3:30 PM 4:30 PM MPC | Temple Building TEMPL 1160

Info Sessions: Applying for funding for Community Engaged Undergraduate Research Fellowships

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Undergraduates and potential faculty mentors, please join us for an information session to learn about how you can apply for funding for an undergraduate Fellowship for Community Engaged Research this Thursday January 31, 3:30-4:30pm in Temple 1160.

What is Community-Engaged Research?

Community engaged research (CEnR) is a collaborative process between the researcher and community partner that creates and disseminates knowledge and creative expression with the goal of contributing to the discipline and strengthening the well-being of the community. CEnR identifies the assets of all stakeholders and incorporates them in the design and conduct of the different phases of the research process.

Advocates assert that it promotes better research and translation of findings. Other benefits of CEnR include development of research that is responsive to community need, increased capacity built through partnerships, expanded funding opportunities and greater opportunities to translate findings into practice.*

*Adapted from Carnegie and CDC.

Undergraduate Fellowships for Community Engaged Research

The Division of Community Engagement (DCE) will fund 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. Each fellowship award includes $1500 in funding for the student and $500 for the faculty mentor. Eligibility: Undergraduates pursuing research in any discipline(s). Deadline is March 10.  For details and to apply visit:

We will offer two additional information sessions in advance of our proposal deadline.  Details below:

2/14/2019 Thu 3:30 PM-4:30 PM MPC | Temple Building 1160 (Applying for Funding for Community-Engaged Research)

2/26/2019 Tue 3:30 PM-4:30 PM MPC | Temple Building 1160 (Applying for Funding for Community-Engaged Research)