UROP Poster Session on Thursday Feb. 28th!

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program will be hosting its next poster session:

Thursday, February 28, at 3pm in room 430 of Hibbs Hall

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 24, 2013, 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.

Spit for Science seeking Undergraduate Research Assistants for Fall Semester!

SEEKING RESEARCH ASSISTANTS
FALL SEMESTER 2013
CLASS MEETINGS TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS 3:50-5:20 PM

In the fall of 2011 VCU launched Spit for Science: the VCU Student Survey (www.spit4science.vcu.edu). This project is following the 2011-2013 VCU freshman classes across their college years, and will also enroll new VCU freshman classes over the next few years. The goal of the project is to understand how genetic and environmental factors come together to influence a variety of health-related outcomes in the VCU undergraduate population. A big focus is on substance use and emotional health problems, such as depression, since the life stage that college students are entering is a high risk period for the onset of these problems.

We’re currently looking for students to be a part of the research team for Fall Semester 2013. Research assistants will be involved in recruitment, marketing, data collection and analysis, and other research activities. Students will work in teams to develop research questions and analyze Spit for Science data. Meetings will be held with different faculty involved in the project where students will review research papers and learn about topics related to the goals of the research. Required class meetings will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:50-5:20 PM in the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics conference room (located in Biotech 1, 800 E. Leigh Street on the MCV campus), which can be easily reached from the Monroe Park campus via the free Campus Connector. Students at all class levels are welcome to apply. Enrollment will be for three credits (A-F).

To apply, please complete our online application at:

https://docs.google.com/a/mymail.vcu.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGpjRFNUN25YOGRtYTRfbjRCaE9wNlE6MQ

Inquiries or questions can be directed to Dr. Amy Adkins <adkinsae@vcu.edu>. The application deadline is Monday, March 25 at 5:00 PM.

Reminder: Call for Submissions! Auctus: the Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creativity at VCU

Auctus: the Undergraduate Journal for Research and Creative Scholarship at VCU!  Call for submissions: We are currently accepting written and creative submissions of undergraduate research and scholarship from the Humanities, Social Sciences, Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and the Arts.  Submissions will be accepted online at: http://go.vcu.edu/submitauctus  through the deadline of March 15th.  Please share this opportunity with your colleagues, students, and undergraduate researchers.  The website for Auctus can be found here:  http://www.auctus.vcu.edu/.

Guidelines for Humanities, Social Sciences, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Submissions:

We are looking for papers and projects that demonstrate original thought and a new or creative way of looking at an interesting problem or question. Articles based on original student scholarship and research are preferred.

Specific Guidelines for Performance & Visual Arts Submissions:

We accept all media, including but not limited to music compositions, dance performance documentations, sculpture, photography, paintings, prints, illustrations, crafts, graphic arts, film and kinetic imagery. Titles are suggested, but not required. Please include dimensions and media of original piece. Please send us individual files in .jpg, .mov, or .mpg file format. A single submission may contain one piece or a series of pieces that are interconnected. All visual and performance art submissions must be accompanied by a supplementary one-page, double-spaced description of the research involved in creating the work as well as a description of the work itself. Any sources should be cited in MLA format.

Specific Guidelines for Creative Writing Submissions:

We accept fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. A single submission may contain one piece or a series of pieces that are interconnected. For prose pieces, there is no maximum or minimum word count, although we typically publish pieces of 1000-6000 words in length. Please include your entire submission in one file. Acceptable file formats include .doc and .rtf. We accept all genres.

Auctus’ Creative Works editors are looking for depth of thought, creativity, originality, and outstanding talent in both the creative work and written description. For more information please visit http://www.auctus.vcu.edu/submission/index.html or email one of the Auctus Creative Works co-editors, Sterling Toppings and Hannah Rumsey at toppingssw@vcu.edu or rumseyhe@vcu.edu.

Seeking Faculty Advisers/Reviewers

We are also seeking faculty to serve as article reviewers within their respective disciplines.  Each submission will undergo an internal review and proofreading process before they are forwarded to faculty for evaluation.  Faculty are welcome to review as many submissions as they like, but the expected number of submissions per faculty reviewer will be at most three, and likely no more than one.  If you would be willing to serve as a reviewer for Auctus, please email me at hhill@vcu.edu

UROP Poster Session on Wed. Feb. 13th!

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program will be hosting its next poster session:

Wednesday, February 13, at 3pm in room 430 of Hibbs Hall

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 24, 2013, 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.

Call for Submissions – Auctus: the Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creativity at VCU

It is my pleasure to announce Auctus: the Undergraduate Journal for Research and Creative Scholarship at VCU!  We are currently accepting written and creative submissions of undergraduate research and scholarship from the Humanities, Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and the Arts.  Submissions will be accepted online at: http://go.vcu.edu/submitauctus  through the deadline of March 15th.  Please share this opportunity with your colleagues, students, and undergraduate researchers.  The website for Auctus can be found here:  http://www.auctus.vcu.edu/.

Seeking Faculty Advisers/Reviewers

We are also seeking faculty to serve as article reviewers within their respective disciplines.  Each submission will undergo an internal review and proofreading process before they are forwarded to faculty for evaluation.  Faculty are welcome to review as many submissions as they like, but the expected number of submissions per faculty reviewer will be at most three, and likely no more than one.  If you would be willing to serve as a reviewer for Auctus, please email me at hhill@vcu.edu

Many thanks for your continued support of undergraduate research at VCU!

REMINDER: Poster Abstracts for VCU Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity due March 14th!

Organized by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) and part of VCU Research Week, the annual Undergraduate Poster Symposium is a wonderful opportunity for students to present their research endeavors to their academic peers, members of the VCU faculty, community members, and friends and family.  All undergrads from every discipline are encouraged to present and attend.  Presentations may be for completed research projects, completed papers, or research in progress.

Projects involving creative work such as prose or poetry, performances, and artwork will be considered for acceptance if they are part of a scholarly project undertaken by the student.  We are currently accepting poster abstracts up until the deadline of March 14th, 2013.  All abstracts should be submitted to http://go.vcu.edu/uroppostersubmit

After students are notified of their acceptance, we will accept electronic file submission of their posters until the deadline of April 5th.   Note: We hold poster workshops Dec. – Mar. and we are now able to print research posters free of cost to our students!  The next poster session will take place:

Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 3pm in room 430 of Hibbs Hall.  Please email Herb Hill at hhill@vcu.edu to register for the poster session.

Abstracts should include: Name/Major of student, Name/Dept. of Faculty Mentor, Title of research Project, Brief description of research project.  All inquiries to hhill@vcu.edu

REMINDER: Call for Proposals: UROP Summer Fellowship 2013 – Deadline is March 1st!

VCU 2013 Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship Summer Fellowship.  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.  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, 2013.

Full application details can be found here:

http://www.research.vcu.edu/vpr/ugresources/fellowship-instructions.htm

Questions about submission can be directed to Herb Hill at hhill@vcu.edu

Upcoming Deadlines for VCU Undergraduate Research Programs!

Click on the links below to find out more about each program, and to apply!

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Summer FellowshipMar. 1st

Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research and CreativityAbstracts by Mar. 14th

COHD Health Education Research Opportunities (HERO)Feb. 15th

Chemistry Research Experience for UndergraduatesMar. 15th

Honors Summer Undergraduate Research ProgramMar. 6th

Microbiology, Infectious Disease and Public Health EpidemiologyMar. 22nd

Physiology and Biophysics Summer Research ProgramFeb. 15th

Spit for Science will be recruiting for Fall semester soon!

Nominate your Faculty Mentor for Undergraduate Research Mentorship Award!

Are you a VCU undergraduate student who is currently conducting research under an awesome faculty member at VCU?  Do you know a professor or faculty member who goes above and beyond to create research opportunities for undergraduate students?  If so, nominate them for a UROP Faculty Mentorship Award so we can acknowledge their contributions!

Go to:   http://go.vcu.edu/uropmentoraward to submit a statement of no more than 500 words explaining why the chosen nominee deserves an outstanding mentorship award. Please use specific examples that detail your nominee’s contribution to undergraduate research at VCU.

Consider the following criteria in your nomination:

• How has the nominee enhanced the skills related to undergraduate research in their discipline?

• How has the nominee expanded the knowledge base of student researchers?

• How has the nominee assisted undergraduates in their engagement with research?

• How has the nominee guided students in the acquisition of research presentation skills?

• What lasting impression has the nominee made on students’ future academic and professional plans?

Email Herb Hill at hhill@vcu.edu with any questions.

REMINDER: VCU Student Research Organization-General Body Meeting is Feb. 5th at 5:30pm

VCU Student Research Organization Meeting

Where: VCU Student Commons – Forum Room

When: Tuesday February 5th, 2013 5:30pm

The Student Research Organization (SRO) exists to raise awareness of undergraduate research through educational programs, workshops, and by providing avenues to become more involved in research.

The first general body meeting of the semester will be next Tuesday, February 5th from 5:30 – 7 pm in the Forum Room. Come out to hear more information about research opportunities here at VCU and also at other institutions. We’ll also be giving tips on making your application competitive when applying to these research programs. Also, we’ll discuss Relay for Life at VCU and how you can get involved with our team. Relay For Life at VCU is a yearlong fundraiser for the American Cancer Society that culminates in an all-day event on April 20th at Cary St Field from 11 am-11 pm. The event will include lots of fundraising, fun games, activities, music, and food! Join The Student Research Organization team HERE and help us spread the word and fundraise as much as we can!