Auctus, VCU’s Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship, is seeking talented students to join the staff for the next issue. Members will help review and edit research articles and creative works in all disciplines for our journal sections of Creative, Humanities, Social Sciences, STEM and News + Noteworthy.
Students of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Editor and staff positions are available. Joining could be a great opportunity for anyone with a copy editing background, knowledge of MLA or AP Style, an interest in research, talents in writing, skills in public relations or background knowledge in their degree field. The application can be accessed at http://auctus.vcu.edu/apply , and the final deadline is December 15, 2013. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
We are also currently accepting article and multimedia submissions of undergraduate research, scholarly work, and literature reviews from the Humanities, Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Arts, Creative Scholarship and Community Engaged Research.
Submission is open to VCU undergraduates in every discipline. Articles can be submitted online at: http://www.auctus.vcu.edu/submit Please share this opportunity with your colleagues, students and undergraduate researchers! The current issue of Auctus can be found at: http://www.auctus.vcu.edu/
The Graduate Organization of Biology Students is soliciting proposals for the first ever HMS Beagle Undergraduate Research Award. The award ($250) will be granted to four undergraduates who propose the most innovative and original research projects in the life sciences. Funds may be used to pay for travel to and from a field site, or to purchase necessary equipment and materials needed to carry out the proposed project. All VCU Biology or Environmental Studies undergraduate students graduating after December 2014 are eligible and encouraged to apply.
With the goal of promoting undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity in Arts and Humanities education, the Arts and Humanities Division will offer financial support for faculty to present on the process and/or results of undergraduate research at regional or national Arts and/or Humanities conferences. The awards will be from $500 to $800 and up to three will be awarded for presentations that have been accepted and presented no earlier than Sept. 1 2013, and no later than June 30, 2014.
The Biology Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is offering a limited number of travel grants, up to $250 each, for undergraduate students presenting original research results at a regional or national, discipline-specific meeting* during the fiscal year 2013-2014. Award recipients are required to acknowledge CUR for support of their travel in their talk or poster, to complete a short evaluation form about their meeting experience and to submit a PDF file of their poster. Minority students are encouraged to apply.
Social Science Division student travel awards announcement
The Social Science Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is offering a limited number of travel grants, up to $200 each, for undergraduate students presenting the results of research that they have conducted at a regional or national, discipline-specific meeting during the academic year 2013-2014. Award recipients are required to acknowledge CUR for support of their travel in their talk or poster. After the meeting, a brief report about the experience is expected. Minority students are encouraged to apply.
By Chad Meister
When an audience enters a concert hall or arena to watch a musician play, expectations tend to be high. For the performer, a regimen of practice, warm-ups and nerve-building lead to this moment. What the musician is about to play not only took hours of memorization and rehearsal, but also extensive physical conditioning and mental preparation.
The physical toll of playing an instrument is often overlooked. Last year, Hannah Rumsey, a trumpet player and music major studying in the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, began to feel pain in her arms and hands more severe than the soreness familiar to many musicians. Unable to play her trumpet and pursue her degree, she felt upset and confused.
“I wondered why I was having the pain I was having, and why weren’t others who played as much as me?” Rumsey said.
Rumsey discovered that up to 81 percent of professional musicians develop playing-related musculoskeletal disorders (PRMDs), damage affecting muscle tissues and joints due to strain or overuse.
As musicians continuously use their hand, facial and other critical muscles, wear and tear can occur and weaken the muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons necessary for playing. Rumsey’s condition proved so severe she was forced to alter her academic pursuits due to her inability to perform for extended periods of time.
“I had to switch majors from music performance to music, meaning I wouldn’t be able to get a B.M. (Bachelor of Music), which signifies hours of rehearsal and practice,” Rumsey said.
Now that Rumsey could no longer play how she wanted, she searched vigorously for answers. Surprisingly, she found little research on the condition’s causes and possible treatments. Rumsey decided to apply for a VCUarts undergraduate research grant.
Read the full article by Chad Meister on Across the Spectrum!
The VCU Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) will host the next info session for undergraduate students entitled, “Preparing for Undergraduate Research” on November 12th, 2013. The session is scheduled for 3pm in Hibbs Hall, room 429.
The session 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 email@example.com at least 24 hours before each session.
We will also discuss the application process for new undergraduate research fellowships available for the summer of 2014.
In addition to our annual UROP Fellowship for Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship, we are very pleased to announce a number of new funded fellowship opportunities for undergraduates interested in conducting research during the summer of 2014! Below you will find a brief description for each fellowship opportunity with a link to the full description. Students and faculty mentors from all disciplines are encouraged to apply! Deadline for proposals is March 1st, 2014. Feel free to direct any questions to Herb Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org
For the summer of 2014 the Global Education Office will fund three unique undergraduate fellowship awards for research projects, mentored by VCU faculty. Research proposals should show evidence of significant engagement with a culture originating from outside of the US that is different from the applicant’s native culture. Successful proposals should exhibit how the project will increase the student researcher’s knowledge, skills and experience to demonstrate successfully functioning across a variety of borders, such as national, linguistic, cultural, religious, and/or others. Each fellowship award includes $1500 in funding for the student and $500 for the faculty mentor. For details and to apply visit: http://www.research.vcu.edu/vpr/ugresources/geo_fellowship.htm
Undergraduate Fellowships for Clinical and Translational Research
For the summer of 2014 the VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research will fund one undergraduate research fellowship award for a clinical translational research project focused on human health and mentored by a VCU faculty member. A clinical translational research project is one that aims to translate scientific discoveries into improved human health and wellness. Successful proposals must discuss how the project will increase the student researcher’s knowledge, skills and experience while simultaneously attempting to advance human health through clinical research. Each fellowship award includes $1500 in funding for the student and $500 for the faculty mentor. For details and to apply visit: http://www.research.vcu.edu/vpr/ugresources/cctr_urop_fellowship.htm
For the summer of 2014 the Division of Community Engagement and the Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR) will fund three undergraduate community-engaged research fellowship awards for research projects mentored by VCU faculty and carried out in collaboration with a community partner. Proposals for this fellowship should include a community-engaged research project that creates and disseminates knowledge or creative expression with the goal of contributing to the discipline and strengthening the well-being of the community. At least one of these fellowships will be awarded to a project that focuses on the advancement of human health. Each fellowship award includes $1500 in funding for the student and $500 for the faculty mentor. For details and to apply visit: http://www.research.vcu.edu/vpr/ugresources/ce_cctr_fellowship.htm
For the Summer of 2014, the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) will fund a limited number of undergraduate student fellowship awards for projects mentored by VCU faculty. Successful student applicants will receive a cash stipend of $1,500 and $500 for the faculty mentor. Applicants must submit an online application no later than March 1st, 2014 for review. For details and to apply visit: http://www.research.vcu.edu/vpr/ugresources/fellowship-instructions.htm