VCU Spit for Science Spring Survey is Coming!

The Spring Survey is Coming!

All freshmen 18 years and older will receive emails with a survey link starting March 9, 2012. Earn another $10 by completing a shorter, follow-up survey. If you didn’t participate in the Fall you can still take part! Complete the shorter survey for $10 with the option to also participate in the DNA component for another $10!

Spit for Science: The VCU Student Survey is an effort being led by researchers at VCU to create a unique university-wide research opportunity for VCU students. All incoming freshmen who are 18 years of age or older for fall 2011 are invited to be participants.

The scientific focus of the project is to understand why some people are more likely than others to develop problems associated with the use of alcohol and other substances, and difficulties with emotional health. The project aims to understand how individual genetic predispositions come together with environmental factors to contribute to these outcomes. We know that 1 in 4 people over the age of 18 are affected by substance use or mental health problems. This project is an opportunity for students at VCU to work together with some of the leading researchers in the world in this area to try to understand and prevent these important and widespread problems.

We hope to use the findings from the project to feed back into programming at VCU to benefit our VCU students and community. In addition, there are a number of exciting educational opportunities that stem from having a project like this at VCU.

Visit http://spit4science.vcu.edu/ to learn more!