VAS Local Funding Opportunity for Undergraduate Researchers


Please read the message below from Virginia Academy of Science President,         Ralph Eckerlin

The VAS Fall Undergraduate Research Meeting will be held on October 15th at the Parham Road Campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. At the conclusion of this meeting, five $500 research grants will be awarded to undergraduate students to support their research during the 2011-12 academic year. In order to be eligible for a research award, the student(s) must submit an application electronically to by October 3, 2011. The application for the Undergraduate Research Grant and additional meeting information is attached and is also available on the Virginia Academy of Science web site

The faculty mentor for the project must be a member of the Virginia Academy of Science by the October 3rd deadline for submission of the grant application. All applicants are required to attend the VAS Fall Undergraduate Research Meeting and present a poster outlining their proposed research. Both the research proposal and the poster presentation will be evaluated to determine the recipients of the research grants. The grant recipients will be awarded student membership in the Virginia Academy of Science for 2012 and will be expected to present the results of their research at the VAS Annual Meeting in May 2012.

As indicated above, the 2011 Fall Meeting will be held on October 15th at the Parham Road Campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College located at 1651 Parham Road in Richmond. The morning poster session will be followed by lunch and a guest speaker and will conclude with the announcement of the research grant recipients.

We are very excited about this program and hope that you will encourage your undergraduate research students to participate. Please share this information with faculty colleagues at your institution who mentor research students and encourage them to become members of the Academy and to participate in this program. Help us continue and expand this successful VAS program.

Ralph Eckerlin
VAS President-Elect and Chairman of Fall Undergraduate Research Meeting Committee
Natural Sciences Division
Northern Virginia Community College
Annandale, VA 22003

National Database of Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)


NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location.


By using the web page, Search for an REU Site, you may examine opportunities in the subject areas supported by various NSF units.  Also, you may search by keywords to identify sites in particular research areas or with certain features, such as a particular location.

Students should contact the individual sites for information and application materials. NSF does not have application materials and does not select student participants. A contact person and contact information is listed for each site.


VCU Center on Health Disparities’ Summer Research


VCU Center on Health Disparities’ Summer Research Training Programs Spark Excitement About Careers in the Health Sciences

Tenchee Lama Tamang, 21, admits to having fallen in love with research.  The Virginia Commonwealth University rising senior is studying biology and has her sights set on one day translating her lab work into something that can benefit people with asthma and allergies.

But first, she’s learning her way around the lab bench, getting a taste of the researcher’s life, and applying the knowledge she’s been learning in the classroom, to a real-life research setting.

During the past 10-weeks, Tamang has been participating in the VCU Minority Access
to Research Careers program, or MARC, one of six summer research training programs offered through the VCU Center on Health Disparities, which are designed to bring more underrepresented minorities into the biomedical sciences.

Read the rest of this article at the VCU News Website