DAAD RISE Programs – Research Abroad Summer 2011!


The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is pleased to announce that for summer 2011 we will again offer three internship programs: RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering), RISE professional and RISE worldwide. RISE has established itself as an outstanding opportunity to combine serious research with a rewarding study-abroad experience. All three programs are targeted to students from the fields of engineering, physics, chemistry, biology, earth sciences (geology) and related disciplines.

RISE undergrads have the opportunity to work on cutting edge research projects at top research institutions (e.g., Max-Planck-Institutes) and universities in Germany. Students are paired with German PhD students in a unique mentoring partnership to ensure immediate integration into hands on lab work and built-in social network with an excellent opportunity to develop new technical skills. RISE participants receive a scholarship to cover living expenses. To learn more about RISE, please visit: www.daad.de/rise or email: rise@daad.de.
RISE professional is designed for recent graduates, Master’s and PhD students, and alumni of the RISE program who are matched with a well-known German company, where they gain insight into the professional applications of science and engineering and develop practical skills. Internships can last from 1.5 to 6 months. Similar to RISE, this new program features a scholarship to cover living expenses. Online registration is currently available. To learn more about RISE professional, please visit: www.daad.de/rise-pro or email: rise-pro@daad.de.


Additionally, after the successful implementation of RISE in North America 2009 and 2010, the program is returning in an extended version in 2011: RISE worldwide. German students in the early stages of their studies who have the ambition to work abroad and gain hands on research experience in their fields will be matched with researchers worldwide who wish to engage in a meaningful cooperation with a young German scholar. These German interns receive a DAAD scholarship to help cover living expenses and travel costs. Participating hosts receive invaluable assistance with their own work – they profit both professionally and personally from contact with the intern, having the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the culture, lifestyle and higher education system in Germany.

Online registration and the internship database for RISE and RISE professional open on December 6th. The application deadline for both programs is January 31, 2011.

Students who are interested in applying for summer 2011 research in Germany should contact the National Scholarship Office (HonorsNSO@vcu.edu).


Announcing the 3rd Annual Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity

Accepting Poster Abstracts Now!

Organized by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), the annual Undergraduate Poster Symposium is a wonderful opportunity for students to present their research endeavors 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.


View full-size pdf HERE


If you would like to present your poster, please email a poster abstract to urop@vcu.edu no later than March 10th, 2011 for consideration.

To view samples of poster abstracts click HERE.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Herb Hill at hhill@vcu.edu



World Studies 16th Annual Student Research Conference

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The VCU School of World Studies will be hosting their 16th Annual Student Research Conference in the Richmond Salons at the University Student Commons on Friday November 19th 2010.  The conference is presented in conjunction with the VCU Global Education Office and will feature the research endeavors of undergraduate and graduate students from a range of disciplines including anthropology, foreign languages, international studies and religious studies.

VCU faculty from the School of World Studies, Mass Communications, GEO, the Wilder School, History and others will serve as chairs and discussants for panels open to the public, family and friends.  There will also be panels focusing on the VCU Study Abroad Program and Boren Scholarship opportunities.

If you have any questions, contact the School of World Studies at 827-1111.

The full schedule for the Student Research Conference can be viewed HERE



UROP Poster Workshop Sessions


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Dear Students:

Below you will find the schedule for upcoming poster workshop sessions led by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program.  The purpose of these workshops is to assist students in the creation and layout of posters representing research endeavors carried out by an undergraduate.  Each workshop will focus on the significance of a poster as a vehicle for research presentation while covering all of the technical aspects of poster creation from design to printing.

Completion of the workshop will prepare undergrads to present their work, whether for the Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity taking place on campus April 20, 2011, or for any other national conferences related to undergraduate research.

 December 9th, 2010

 January 20th, 2011

February 24th, 2011

March 29th, 2011

All workshops will be held in Cabell Library, but students must first register with Herb Hill at hhill@vcu.edu to ensure sufficient space.  If you would like to workshop your poster, but are unable to attend any of the announced sessions, please contact Herb Hill to schedule an alternate meeting time.




CUR Registry of Undergraduate Researchers


Dear Students:

The Council on Undergraduate Research hosts a Registry of Undergraduate Researchers.  The purpose of this registry is to facilitate matchmaking between undergraduates who have research experience and a desire to pursue an advanced degree, with graduate schools seeking high quality students who are well prepared for research.  The Registry is open to students and graduate schools in the fields of Anthropology/Archaeology, Arts/Humanities, Biology/Biochemistry, Business, Chemistry/Biochemistry, Economics, Education, Engineering, English and Linguistics, Environmental Studies, Geosciences, Health Professions, History, Journalism and Communications, Mathematics/Computer Science, Physics/ Astronomy, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work and Sociology.

Any undergraduate may go to www.cur.org/ugreg/ to fill out a simple curriculum vitae form.  There is no charge to the student and records will be made available to bona fide Graduate Schools that contract with CUR for this service.  Organizations or companies seeking the students’ information for other marketing purposes will not be granted access.  Graduate School representatives may contact students to invite applications or visits to the campus and laboratory, or to share information about their research programs and financial support opportunities.

This invitation comes courtesy of Robin Howard from the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR).

Announcing the VCU Travel Grant Program

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The Office of Undergraduate Research Opportunities provides support for undergraduates who present their research at regional, national and international scientific meetings. Participation at these conferences is an important opportunity for you to communicate your research to others in your field, network with undergraduate researchers and faculty, and expand your understanding of your field of research. To be eligible for a travel grant, you must present your research in either a poster or oral presentation, your name must appear in the conference abstract or proceedings, and VCU and the Office of Undergraduate Research Opportunities must be acknowledged.

**There is a limited number of travel grants available each semester, so it is highly recommended that students check to make sure that funds are available prior to submitting a travel grant.  Currently, we offer an award of up to $300 per student.

Click HERE for detailed instructions on how to apply!


VCU 2011 Summer Fellowship – Call for Proposals


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2011 Summer Fellowship

We are pleased to once again offer this wonderful opportunity for faculty and students to partner together on a funded research project of their choice. The fellowship is designed to offer outstanding undergraduates the chance to make substantial and significant progress on a formal, structured research endeavor over the summer in collaboration with a faculty mentor.


Click HERE for full-sized pdf file.

 If you are currently working with an undergrad on a research project, or have been discussing the opportunity with a student, please consider applying for this fellowship. We encourage students from all disciplines to apply, and we actively foster interdisciplinary collaboration through our program. Please note that our application instructions have changed from our previous practices.

Please redistribute this information to your colleagues and students.  If you have any questions or concerns, contact Herb Hill at hhill@vcu.edu or 804-828-4450.




Welcome to the VCU Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program blog.  Our hope is that this site will become a space for students, faculty and staff to learn more about the kinds of undergraduate research experiences and programs taking place here at VCU.  This site will ultimately function as a hub to announce and link to your student research program or event, and we encourage your department to link to us as well!

The goals of the VCU Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) are to facilitate and support student-faculty research collaborations that will allow undergraduates to gain meaningful research and creative experiences outside of the classroom.

This follows the National Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) definition: “Undergraduate Research is an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate in collaboration with a faculty mentor that makes an original intellectual thought or creative contribution to the discipline.”

UROP Programs

Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship Summer Fellowship:

VCU 2011 Undergraduate Summer Fellowship Program Announcement

Summer Fellowship Application Instructions and Form

Travel Award Program:

VCU Travel Grant Program

UROP Activities
– Provide students in all disciplines with information on how to become involved in undergraduate research.

– Strive to build awareness and increase student participation in research opportunities across campus.

– Provide VCU administration and faculty with an overview of undergraduate research and creative scholarship.

– Coordinate and facilitate the VCU Undergraduate Summer Fellowship Program and Annual Poster Symposium

– Identify areas where collaboration could be fostered across academic departments.

– Provide on-going programming to facilitate and promote undergraduate research.

– Celebrate outstanding faculty and students for their achievements in undergraduate research endeavors.

Again, please send any links or program information that you would like us to publicize.  In addition, we would like to showcase faculty-student research collaborations here on the site, if you are a faculty member or student and would like to share the story of your research endeavors contact Herb Hill (UROP Coordinator) at hhill@vcu.edu or 804-828-4450.