Undergraduate Research Experiences Through ORAU and ORISE


As institutional members of ORAU (Oak Ridge Associated Universities), VCU undergraduates are eligible to apply for a variety of national fellowships, scholarships, research experiences, and internships.

From the ORAU website:

Together with our customers and partners, we’re answering critical national needs for better education, more responsive healthcare, a safer and cleaner environment, and advances in science and technology to strengthen America’s competitiveness. Applying these capabilities, Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) also manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy.

Relevant, hands-on research opportunities connect classroom instruction to real world applications. Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) maximizes the potential of the talented faculty and students in our university consortium by investing in programs that inspire and support academic excellence, technological innovation, and creative problem solving.

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VCU Rice Center Hosts 3rd Annual Research Symposium


The Virginia Commonwealth University Rice Center is hosting its Third Annual Research Symposium, an event that brings together VCU faculty and students and researchers from cooperating universities, agencies and organizations to share research projects and network.

The event takes place Friday, May 6, at 8:30 a.m. at the VCU Rice Center, 3701 John Tyler Memorial Highway, Charles City.  For more information and a complete schedule of events, contact Cathy Viverette at cbvivere@vcu.edu  or 828-2428, or visit http://www.vcu.edu/rice/.




VCU Research Week a Success/ 2011 UROP Summer Fellows Announced

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Virginia Commonwealth University hosted its first student Research Week from April 18 to April 22. The series of events brought together undergraduate and graduate students from across numerous disciplines to celebrate research, creativity and scholarship.

VCU’s inaugural student Research Week was an opportunity for students to learn the research process, receive valuable advice from professors and present their findings to their peers and the VCU community.

During opening remarks at the Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity, VCU President, Michael Rao, Ph.D., and Francis Macrina, Ph.D., VCU’s vice president for research, interacted with students, asked questions about their research and expressed their pride in the hard work and motivation the students portrayed through their posters.

“Academic success is not what you are able to memorize or recognize, but your ability to take what you’ve learned and help other people,” said Rao.

The Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity was another opportunity for students to showcase their research. During the event, awards for outstanding faculty mentors were presented and the next cohort of students entering the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program was announced.

The 2011-2012 UROP awardees include Aruna Anbazhagan, Jared Boyd, Brendan Elliot, Timothy Fiore, Jonathan Fletcher, Mary Gallagher, Victoria Hribar, Yeimarie Lopez, Theresa Aileen Painter, Laura Peters, Jason Phillips, Mary Reck, Illijana Soldan, Royena Tanaz and Tobias Wilbur.

Read the full article at VCU News:

http://www.news.vcu.edu /news/VCUs_First_Student_Research_Week_a_Success