Undergraduate Research Position with VCU Office of Assessment and Evaluation Studies


The VCU Office of Assessment and Evaluation Studies is seeking undergraduate students to assist in their ongoing research initiatives.  Priority will be given to undergraduate students who have an interest in research and possibly pursuing higher levels of education.

This position will begin in January of Spring Semester 2012.  Below is a list of duties that the position will entail.

1) Prepares tables, graphs, fact sheets, and written reports summarizing research results.
2) Copies, files, sorts, and compiles various hard copy packets of information.
3) Performs data entry and other clerical work as required for project completion.
4) Verifies the accuracy of data entered in databases; corrects errors.
5) Conducts internet-based and library literature searches and helps to summarize findings
6) Distributes and collects questionnaires and other forms.

Successful applicants will be expected to commit 10 hours per week to research, Monday-Friday, sometime between the hours of 9am-5pm.  This is a volunteer position with the possibility of gaining field study credit as the work progresses.  The VCU Office of Assessment and Evaluation Studies is located on the MCV campus, so students will need to provide their own means of transportation.

Eligibility Requirements

Open to sophomores and juniors.
Pychology majors, Business majors, Pre-med students.
GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Applicants should have some interest in pursuing higher levels of education.

More info about the VCU Office of Assessment and Evaluation Studies.

If you would like to apply for this position please contact Herb Hill ASAP at hhill@vcu.edu.  Your email should include your current GPA, major, and academic year (soph, juni, etc.).

Deadlines coming up for National Undergrad Research Opportunities


VCU UROP Summer Fellowship Program – Deadline February 1st, 2012.

Outside of VCU, there are a number of opportunities in the Southeastern US offered via ORAU and ORISE.  Check the open listings for ORAU here and for ORISE here.

More National Undergraduate Research Opportunities

If you are planning to apply for any of these opportunities please contact Herb Hill, Coordinator for VCU Undergraduate Research Opportunities, at hhill@vcu.edu or 804-828-4450.

“Preparing for Undergraduate Research” Info Session This Wednesday


“Preparing for Undergraduate Research” Info Session

The VCU Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) will host an info session for undergraduate students entitled,

“Preparing for Undergraduate Research” on December 14th, 2011 at 11am in room 216 of Hibbs Hall. 

The workshop will provide information about upcoming opportunities for research at VCU, and will help interested undergraduates prepare themselves for a research experience.   In order to participate, students must register first by contacting Herb Hill at hhill@vcu.edu or 828-4450. 

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.

If you have questions about getting involved with national REU opportunities, feel free to contact Herb Hill at hhill@vcu.edu or 804-828-4450.

Research Takes VCU Student Researchers Outside the Lab


Students present research findings at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students

Sathya Achia Abraham
VCU Communications and Public Relations
(804) 827-0890


A group of 25 Virginia Commonwealth University undergraduate students and post-baccalaureate trainees received a lesson in how research can take them places beyond the lab.

Last month, these students and several VCU faculty members traveled to St. Louis, Mo., to attend the 2011 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, or ABRCMS – the largest professional conference for students studying biomedical and behavioral sciences.  Nearly 3,300 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 350 U.S.  colleges and universities participate in the four-day long conference, now in its 11th year.

The opportunity to travel and present research at a national conference as an undergraduate or post-baccalaureate represents a major opportunity. It’s a chance for aspiring investigators to share their research – a culmination of many months of work – with peers and the scientific community.

Read the rest of the article at the VCU News Center.

Summer Research at University of Virginia – SRIP


21st Annual University of Virginia Summer Research Internship Program (SRIP)

Deadline: February 17th, 2012

Ten week summer research internships are available for qualified undergraduates considering a career in biomedical research. We provide a generous stipend, round-trip travel, and housing to those accepted. Supported by peer-reviewed NIH grants and other extramural organizations, SRIP exposes a diverse group of students to current biomedical research. SRIP alumni have had great success at starting their research careers and many have enrolled in our graduate programs at UVA.

Interns receive $4,500 toward summer expenses. In addition, housing and travel to and from Charlottesville are provided.

The program runs for ten weeks each summer and includes three major

  1. The first and most important component involves a hands on research
    with a faculty member where the student is exposed to
    contemporary methods and problems in biomedical research.
  2. The second component of the program includes a series of workshops
    in which students are exposed to a variety of advanced research
    techniques that they are unlikely to see in individual laboratories.
    This includes tours and demonstrations of some of the core research
    facilities at the University. Past workshops have included:

    • use of transmission and scanning electron microscopy
    • use of mass spectrometry to detect protein mass and amino acid
    • use of the fluorescence activated cell sorter
  3. The third component includes a Distinguished
    Lecturer Series
    in which the students are exposed to a wide variety
    of research topics through seminars presented by internationally
    recognized scientists.

Our inaugural program was held in the summer of 1992. The program has recently hosted approximately 35 students each year.

To apply: http://www.medicine.virginia.edu/education/phd/gpo/srip

If you are a VCU student and applying for the UVA SRIP program, please contact Herb Hill at hhill@vcu.edu or 804-828-4450.

UROP Poster Workshop Session

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Friday, December 9th at 9am in Hibbs Hall, Room 431

The workshop will focus on the significance of a poster as a vehicle for research presentation while covering some of the technical aspects of poster creation from design to printing.

Completion of the workshop will assist in preparing undergrads to present their work, whether for the Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity taking place on campus April 25, 2012, or for any other national conferences related to undergraduate research.

In order to participate in the workshop, 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.