Upcoming Deadlines for National Undergraduate Summer Research Programs

VCU UROP Summer Fellowship Program – Deadline March 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.

Undergraduate Research Training Programs in the COHD! Apply Now!

The VCU Center on Health Disparities offers several programs and opportunities designed to diversify the workforce in biomedical research.

The VCU Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity Scholars Program (IMSD) provides research training in the biomedical sciences for individuals from groups traditionally underrepresented in biomedical research. IMSD Scholars are admitted as early as the end of the freshman year and are involved in program activities through their senior year. The cornerstone of the program is a series of mentored research experiences with VCU faculty members who are leaders in the fields of neuroscience, cancer biology, metabolic diseases, allergy and immunology, microbial pathogenesis, drug addiction or abuse, molecular genetics and others.

The VCU Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) ) provides research training in the biomedical sciences for individuals from groups traditionally underrepresented in biomedical research.  Specifically, the program targets academically talented VCU juniors and seniors who are interested in biomedical research careers. The MARC program provides a stipend of approximately $11,000 per year and support for about 60 percent of undergraduate tuition. In addition to placements in research laboratories at VCU during the academic year, MARC Scholars are eligible for summer externships at other research-intensive institutions.

For more information on eligibility requirements and to apply online visit: http://www.healthdisparities.vcu.edu/?id=1341&sid=10

Spit for Science Research Symposium is Today

Thank you for your support of Spit for Science: The VCU Student Survey! We invite you to celebrate the close of another successful semester of the Spit for Science research project. Members of our undergraduate research team will present analyses based on first year Spit for Science data in a symposium open to the whole university on Tuesday, December 4, 4:00-5:00 PM in the University Student Commons, Common Ground room. Presentation topics include the role of parents, peers, stress, religiosity, and engagement in student organizations on the use of alcohol and drugs during the first year of college.

About the project: The goal of Spit for Science: the VCU Student Survey (www.spit4science.vcu.edu) is to understand how genetic and environmental factors come together to influence a variety of health-related outcomes in the VCU undergraduate population.  The project, launched in the fall of 2011, is following the 2011 VCU freshman class across is its college years, and will also enroll new VCU freshman classes over the next few years.