Student Research Organization Meeting – Relay for Life

VCU Student Research Organization Meeting

Where: VCU Student Commons, Virginia Room A

When: Monday February 27, 2012, 3pm

The Student Research Organization’s next General Body meeting will be
held Monday February 27, at 3pm in Virginia Room A of the VCU Student

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 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.

Help the VCU SRO raise money for Relay for Life!

Relay for Life is a life-changing event that helps communities across the
globe celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved
ones lost, and fight back against the disease.

Donate or join the SRO Relay team on their Relay website.

You can also help the SRO raise money by purchasing cupcakes and “feet”
from student researchers at the VCU Commons Concession Stand on
Tuesday, February 28 between 12:30 and 1:30pm!!


UROP Poster Sessions and March Deadline for VCU Poster Sympoisum for Undergraduate Research and Creativity

VCU Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity:

Undergraduates from every discipline are invited to showcase their work in a poster demonstration or creative research presentation.  Presentations may be for completed research projects, completed papers, or research in progress.

We are currently accepting poster abstracts up until the deadline of March 10th, 2012.  All abstracts should be submitted to  After students are notified of their acceptance, we will accept electronic file submission of their posters to until the deadline of April 1st.   We are now able to print research posters free of cost to our students!  Abstracts should include: Name/Major of student, Name/Dept. of Faculty Mentor, Title of research Project, Brief description of research project.

UROP Poster Workshop and Info Sessions:

We will hold poster workshops for students on the following dates/times:

Feb. 22  11am-12pm  Hibbs Hall   Room 216
Mar.  7  10am-11am  Honors College Multi-Purpose Room (students will need their VCU ID)
Mar.  8  11am-12pm  Honors College Multi-Purpose Room (students will need their VCU ID)
Mar. 22  11am-12pm   Hibbs Hall   Room 330
Apr.  2    10am-11am  Hibbs Hall   Room 441

We will hold “Preparing for Undergraduate Research” Info Sessions:

Feb. 21  11am-12pm  Hibbs Hall  Room 330
Mar. 20  11am-12pm  Hibbs Hall  Room 330

Students should first register with me at to ensure sufficient space.

Upcoming March Deadlines for VCU Summer Research Programs!

UROP Summer Fellowship for Undergraduate Research and Creativity:

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.  ($3,000 for students/$500 for faculty mentors). 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.
Students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply, and we actively foster interdisciplinary collaboration through our program.

Application Deadline is March 1st, 2012.

Full application instructions can be found on our website here:

Please direct any questions to Herb Hill at or 804-828-4450.

VCU Honors Summer Undergraduate Research Program:

The Honors Summer Undergraduate Research Program is an opportunity for you to work one-on-one with a faculty mentor and participate in professional development workshops throughout the summer, as well as engage in research projects for independent study.

The summer research program addresses a number of research concepts, including seminars and workshops that focus on:

  • Research and writing skills
  • Cultural and educational activities
  • Strategies for increasing success when applying to graduate school
  • Strategies for increasing success in participating in undergraduate research conferences and publishing research

To participate, complete and submit the online undergraduate research student application by March 6 at midnight.


VCU Summer Student Program in Microbiology, Infectious Diseases, and Public Health Epidemiology:

oin us at VCU for a new Summer Student Program in Microbiology, Infectious Diseases and Public Health Epidemiology [PDF]. The School of Medicine will offer an integrated series of seminars and workshops that range from local to global issues in infectious diseases. Studies are related to infectious diseases from basic science (pathogenic microbiology) to applied science (epidemiology). Accepted students will be paired with a mentor to conduct research in the areas of : microbiology, clinical research, or epidemiology.

Application deadline March 20, 2012

For more information, please contact:

E-mail: Christine Feagans


Physiology and Biophysics Summer Undergraduate Research Program:

The program will provide a $2,500 stipend for living expenses and, if needed, additional assistance for housing.

The duration of SURP in Physiology and Biophysics is 10 weeks, from early June to mid August. Students are expected to work full-time in the host lab. Support for living expenses will be provided by the program.

At the outset, each student with his/her mentor will produce: 1) a list of goals for the summer research training that are specific, realistic and scientifically/intellectually interesting, and 2) an outline of the experimental plan.

During the summer, in addition to work in the host lab, students will interact with faculty members and graduate students in the department to acquaint themselves with various research opportunities, facilities and the general environment of the department.

Application form and further info here:

Deadline for VCU Center on Health Disparities Programs is March 15.

More info on VCU COHD programs can be found here:

VCU Center on Health Disparities Research Training Opportunities

The deadline for the Research Training Programs at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Center on Health Disparities is approaching. VCU Center on Health Disparities offers several Research Training Programs for all types of students. We offer programs for Undergraduates, Post-Bacs, Masters, Doctoral, and Post-Docs. The deadline for all undergraduate programs is March 15, the PREP program is March 15. 


For Undergraduates:

If you are interested in a summer research training internship, please check out our Health Education Research Opportunities (HERO) or Health Disparities Research Experience. Both programs run from early June to early August and offer a paid internship. The programs provide a 10-week research training experience, a stipend, GRE prep, participation in Oral and Poster Presentations, career development, and research training skills development.  Check out our website and view our application! The links are provided below:


IMSD Undergraduate Scholars

 The VCU Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity is a biomedical research training program for undergraduate students interested in biomedical research. VCU-IMSD scholars participate in research internships in the summers following their freshman and sophomore years and during their junior and senior academic years. Scholars also enroll in a series of courses that help develop their skills in biomedical research, critical thinking, problem solving, and written and oral communication. The VCU-IMSD program also offers specialized career counseling, assistance with graduate school applications, and a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) preparation course, as well as the opportunity to
attend national scientific conferences. Paid research internships are available
for select scholars.


MARC Scholars Program

 The VCU Minority Access to Research Careers (VCU-MARC) is designed to help support students and place them in research labs. The VCU-MARC program provides a stipend of approximately $11,000 per year and cover 60% of undergraduate tuition, as well as provide a summer externship. VCU-MARC seeks underrepresented minority students who are African-American, Hispanic American, Native American, economically disadvantaged (Pell grant eligible) or disabled.  Eligible students should be currently enrolled juniors or seniors who have a sincere interest in scientific research with a GPA of at least 3.2.



 The VCU PREP Program is a one year research training experience for students to train in the lab and be able to learn what it is like in grad school.

For more information, call (804) 827-0719 or e-mail the summer programs coordinator at