First Meeting of the VCU Student Research Organization

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Where: Trani Life Sciences Building Rm. 116

When: Thursday September 22, 2011 5pm

Message from Nisan Hubbard, SRO President

The Student Research Organization’s first General Body meeting will be
held this Thursday, September 22nd, at 5 pm in the Trani Life Sciences Biology Conference Room on the first floor (LSFC116). The Student Research Organization (SRO) was built and founded to promote undergraduate research at Virginia Commonwealth University. As VCU makes the shift to become more research oriented, this will be the student-built group that will hopefully make a big difference in the change.

At this meeting, we will discuss our overall purpose and ideas for future events, as well as present our upcoming events that we have planned for the semester.

Also, we will discuss the available leadership roles within the organization. We are looking for motivated individuals who will push the vision of this organization and its importance. More information will be given during the meeting pertaining to the open positions. But you do not need to be in power in order to make a difference in SRO!  We hope to see you soon! The officers and I look forward to seeing you!

Call for Applications-CUR Posters on the Hill

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In the Spring of 2012 the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) will host its 16th annual undergraduate poster session on Capitol Hill. This event will help members of Congress understand the importance of undergraduate research by talking directly with the students whom these programs impact.  As institutional members of CUR, VCU
undergraduates are encouraged to apply.  There is travel and poster printing support for successful applicants from VCU.  Contact Herb Hill at for details.


CUR is calling for students to submit an abstract of their research that represents any of CUR’s disciplinary divisions (Arts and Humanities, Biology, Chemistry, Geosciences, Health Sciences, Mathematics/Computer Science, Physics/Astronomy, Psychology, and Social Sciences). In order to ensure proper review of applications, the above are the only disciplines that may apply. Should your research be inter-disciplinary, please select the division that most closely describes your research.


Abstract submissions will only be accepted by using our on-line submission form. Prior to submitting the form, students should gather the contact information for all co-authors, advisors and sponsors (if applicable), prepare a short vitae/resume, and poster abstract. A document listing the information required for submission can be found by visiting: .

For more information, and the link to submit an application, please visit:  Please be sure that both portions (the electronic application and the electronic recommendation letter) are submitted by October 18, 2011. Please encourage your students to submit. This is a highly competitive program, which makes for a very exciting experience for the students and their faculty advisors alike. 

For more information about the Posters on the Hill program, please visit

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact:

Robin Howard
Senior DirectorMembership Services, Operations and Information Technology
Council on Undergraduate Research
734 15th St, NW, Suite 550
Washington, DC 20005
(202)783-4811 fax


Research Funding for VCUarts Students!



Request for Proposals

Description: Funding of $30,000 for Undergraduate Student Research & Creative Activity Grants began five years ago with the purpose of encouraging curiosity, creativity, risk-taking and scholarly investigation into a project or subject of interest relevant to the student’s major. So far over $125,000 has been awarded. Research that is 1) interdisciplinary 2) involves multiple students and 3) draws on the expertise of a faculty mentor is preferred.

Eligibility: VCUarts full-time undergraduate students graduating after December 2011. VCUarts students may submit a proposal to collaborate on a project with a student from any other major attending VCU full-time as long as there is a clear connection between the project and the students’ curricular interest.

Undergraduate Research Across the Arts Q & A: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 – 4:00 to 5:00PM – Grace Street Theatre

Apply By: Friday, November 4, 2011

Award Amounts: Ranging from $500 to $5,000

Previous Awards: A summary of selected proposals from the last five years can be viewed at:

Notification: Friday, December 2, 2011.

Requirements:  The proposal must include:

– the connection between the project and the curriculum
– anticipated outcome of project
– the value of the research/creative activity in the discipline
– timeline (demonstrate completion date by December 2012)
– budget request, for ex. materials, books, travel (note: wages cannot be funded; equipment funded by the proposal will belong to the department and can be temporarily assigned to the student)

Students are encouraged to discuss and seek support of a School of the Arts faculty mentor that is full-time. If awarded, the faculty will be eligible for a $1,000 research fund which will be deposited directly into the faculty’s department operating account.

For a copy of the application go to:

E-mail proposal to:
Nancy Scott, Associate Dean for Academic Administration
Pollak Building #201