Additional Undergraduate Research Fellowships for Community-Engaged Research

In addition to our 2018 VCU Summer Fellowships for Undergraduate Research, we are happy to announce new Fellowship opportunities available in the area of community-engaged research. Deadline for proposals is March 10, 2018.  Feel free to direct any questions to Herb Hill at

Undergraduate Fellowships for Community Engaged Research

The Division of Community Engagement a 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.  For details and to apply visit:

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Global 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:


Undergraduate Fellowships for Clinical and Translational Research

The VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research will fund two undergraduate research fellowship awards 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:

Undergraduate Research Fellowship for Inclusive Excellence

The VCU Division for Inclusive Excellence will fund undergraduate research fellowship awards 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 :


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 no later than March 10th, 2018 for review.  For details and to apply visit:

Undergraduate Research Poster Workshops

The VCU Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) will be hosting a number of research poster workshops over the coming weeks to help prepare students to present their research at campus and national research conferences and symposia.

The workshops are scheduled for the following dates/times:

February 26th  Hibbs Hall room 327 at 2pm

March 12th Hibbs Hall room 327 at 2pm

March March 19th Hibbs Hall room 327 at 2pm

March 26th Hibbs Hall room 327 at 2pm

April 2nd Hibbs Hall room 327 at 2pm

April 16th Hibbs Hall room 327 at 2pm

If students are unable to attend any of the posted workshops, they are welcome to email to set up an individual appointment to discuss research poster creation.

Just a reminder: abstracts for the VCU Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity are due March 22nd.  Abstracts should be submitted at:

Call for applications: Summer 2018 undergraduate research internship program in the Pharmaceutical Sciences at VCU!

The VCU School of Pharmacy is pleased to announce the creation of a pilot undergraduate research internship program for summer 2018. The major objectives of this program are: 1) to increase the pool of exceptional individuals seeking to pursue careers in the pharmaceutical sciences or biomedical sciences; and 2) to expose undergraduate students to pharmaceutical research. All interns participate in a ten-week summer research program under the supervision of a diverse multidisciplinary group of our outstanding scientific scholars. Our faculty’s areas of expertise include population research, clinical research, and basic research (see following page). This internship program includes a strong educational component to expose interns to the depth and breadth of research and career opportunities available in the pharmaceutical sciences. Each intern is assigned to a graduate faculty member who will serve as a mentor for the duration of the program. The mentors are available to advise the interns throughout college and after graduation.

Program Details

  • Eligibility: undergraduate students completing sophomore or junior year preferred (seniors will be considered); interested in pharmaceutical or biomedical research; minimum GPA (3.0; >3.5 preferred) · Program details: June 4 to August 10 (i.e.,10 weeks, with 1 week of vacation that may not be the 1st or final week), 40 hours per week
  • Research areas: see following page
  • Stipend: $3,000 plus $1,000 for the mentor to cover the cost of supplies · Educational component: Weekly presentations or research demonstrations by graduate faculty and graduate students; a final report and presentation from each intern
  • Application Deadline: March 2, 2018
  • How to apply: Submit copy of transcripts, resume/CV, and 1-2 page personal statement (describing your interest in pharmaceutical or biomedical research, any past research experiences, career aspirations, etc.) to Request two academic letters of reference to be sent directly to
  • Questions: Please send email to

Summer interns will conduct research under the guidance of graduate faculty in the following areas:

1) Department of Medicinal Chemistry ( Allosteric drug interactions Anti-cancer and anti-HIV drug development Anticoagulants and enzyme mechanism Behavioral effects of drugs Bioinformatics Centrally-active drugs Chemical biology Drug discovery Drugs of abuse Molecular modeling and drug design Natural product synthesis Next generation antibiotics QSAR technology development RNA-drug interactions Structural biology X-ray crystallography

2) Department of Pharmaceutics ( Aerosol drug delivery Biopharmaceutical analysis Drug Transporters Nanomedicine Ocular drug delivery Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics Proteomics

3) Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcome Science ( Health economics and outcomes research Social and administrative constructs of pharmacy practice Pharmacoepidemiology of antimicrobial usage Cardiology (heart failure, inflammation, drug development) Thrombosis and haemostasis (hemophilia, coagulopathy, drug development) Women’s health / endocrinology Personalized medicine (genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, lipidomics) Neurocritical care (TBI, stroke) Geriatric Pharmacotherapy HIV clinical pharmacology Clinical trials Scholarship of teaching and learning Pharmacy practice innovation

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, 2018.  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 25th, 2018.

Funding available for undergraduate and faculty research collaboration through the Baldacci Student Experiential Learning Fund!

Baldacci Fund

Baldacci Student Experiential Learning Fund

Are you planning an internship, research experience or study abroad trip for 2018? Or do you have an interest in attending a professional conference or have an idea for a social entrepreneurship project?

The Baldacci Student Experiential Learning Fund grants academically promising students of diverse areas of study and backgrounds with financial support to pursue internships, conferences, research, domestic or study abroad, and/or social entrepreneurship opportunities. Awards between $1,000-$5,000 will support the above experiential learning activities.

Apply here to be a Baldacci Scholar

Funds may be requested for, but are not limited to:

  • Summer weekly stipend
  • Academic year hourly financial support
  • Travel to/from experiential learning site in the US or abroad
  • Additional costs associated with study abroad including required tuition
  • Expenses associated with attendance and presentation at professional conferences
  • Other supplies/expenses associated with experiential learning experience

Accepting applications through March 2, 2018

Eligibility: Applicants must be full time undergraduate rising juniors or seniors, in good academic standing, and be primary majors in the College of Humanities and Sciences.

Applications outlining experiences with total costs above $5,000 will be considered but only awarded at a maximum of $5,000 per request. 

Application requirements include:

  • Unofficial transcript
  • A resume/CV
  • Statement describing your proposed experiential learning experience
  • Budget request including explanation of need for financial assistance
  • A letter of reference from a CHS faculty member or advisor
  • Contact information for experiential learning opportunity sponsor/mentor/supervisor

The College is the intellectual heart of VCU. Our educational and research environment addresses an array of technological, health-related, and societal problems, as well as providing profound insights and reflections of what it means to be human and humane. Experiential learning is an integral part of the education of our students and a key part of our mission. This exciting opportunity made possible by David and Michelle Baldacci provides funding to support all forms of experiential learning, allowing students to learn through reflection and doing, while also promoting an entrepreneurial spirit to create the tools and means to bring positive sustainable results to our community and society.

Questions? Contact Caitlin Hanbury, Stewardship Manager, at

Open undergraduate biochemistry research positions with the Deb Labs

The Deb Labs are currently seeking undergraduate assistants to assist with their research endeavors.  There are opportunities for independent study, work-study research positions, and potentially part-time employment for Fall semester and beyond.

Interested students should email a resume with work, lab experience and current GPA to post-doctoral fellow, Catherine Vaughan at (  An attached, current class schedule would also be helpful.

A brief summary of research areas is included below.  More information is available at the Deb Labs link above.

The major research interest of our laboratory is to understand the molecular biology of cellular proliferation and its control and how that get altered in cancer. In this regard we are currently focusing on understanding the molecular biology of the human tumor suppressor p53 and how mutations in p53 lead to cancer. The following are short descriptions of a current funded grant and a planned program project grant that our laboratory will lead.

  1. Mutation in the p53 tumor suppressor gene is a common event in human cancer and in the majority of human carcinomas containing p53 mutations the mutant protein is over-expressed suggesting the existence of a selection pressure to maintain expression. This also suggests an active role for mutant p53 in oncogenesis and follows the gain-of-function (GOF) hypothesis, which predicts that mutations in the p53 gene not only destroy the tumor suppressor function of the wild-type (WT) protein, but also leads to the gain of oncogenic functions.The long-term goal of our laboratory is to understand how p53 mutations may lead to cancer development.The short-term objective is to test the followinghypothesis:

          Expression of p53 mutants in human cells results in deregulation of pathways controlled by the transcription factor NF-kB2 This may be critically important for chemosensitivity and other aspects of tumor progression . 

  2. We are also leading an investigation on Lung Cancer research being conducted by several independent investigators in the university. This is summarized below.Lung cancer is currently responsible for the largest percentage of cancer-related deaths in the USA. Disruption of the p53 pathway occurs in up to 80% of lung cancers making it imperative to elucidate how the pathway is compromised in this disease. Mutation of the p53 gene is observed in 30-50% lung tumors, while the human oncoprotein MDM2, which inactivates and degrades p53, is over-expressed in 25 to 30% of the tumors with or without wild-type (WT) p53. Our studies show that while MDM2 over-expression may contribute to lung oncogenesis by inactivating WT p53, it may also cooperate with the gain of function p53 mutants independent of its WT p53 inactivating function. Similarly, the gain of function p53 mutants can induce the expression of CXC chemokines which have been implicated in angiogenesis, invasion and metastasis in lung cancers. Recently we have shown that Tim50, a mitochondrial protein implicated in apoptosis, is up-regulated by mutant p53. Since human oncoprotein MDM2 can modulate transcriptional activation of tumor-derived p53 mutants, mutant p53-mediated chemokine or Tim50 activation can be modulated by MDM2 over-expression.

Undergraduate Research Positions with the Cognition and Learning Lab

Dr. Jason Chow in the VCU School of Education is currently seeking undergraduates to serve as research assistants in the Cognition and Learning Lab.

Successful applicants would ideally want to pursue careers that involve research or value research experiences (e.g., grad school applicants).  The mentor welcomes underclassmen and students with no previous experience, with the consideration that research assistants are able to stay on and be a part of the team for additional semesters.

Students would be assisting in research activities in the Cognition and Learning Lab in the VCU School of Education, and working on projects that focus on language, math, education, teaching, and related areas.  Time commitment would be ~9 hours per week, but schedules are flexible.

Specific activities include (depending on transportation, etc): delivering assessments, entering and coding data, screening and coding research articles, transcription, participating in research meetings.

If you are interested in this position, email Dr. Jason Chow at  Be sure to include your major, current academic year (i.e. fresh, soph, etc.), future plans after graduation, why you are interested in Dr. Chow’s research, and anything else that is awesome about you!