Call for Applications: Molecular Biology Lab Skills Bootcamp!

IMG_0130On behalf of the VCU Undergraduate Research Opportunities program and the Center on Health Disparities Research Training Programs we welcome you to submit an application to participate in the 2014 “Molecular Biology Lab Skills Bootcamp” to be held May 12-16, 2014.  This bootcamp is supported by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), the VCU Bridges to the Baccalaureate program, the VCU MARC and IMSD programs, and the VCU Office of Research.  This opportunity is offered free of cost to you.

We have designed a week-long immersion course to prepare students, to enter a molecular research lab for the first time.  The purpose of the course is to provide a snapshot of lab skills to help overcome challenges faced by student researchers who are new to a laboratory setting.  Our goal is to help you assimilate to the lab environment faster, which will not only contribute to your fundamental research skills, but will also make you more attractive as a candidate for student research experiences as you continue your undergraduate career.

This is not a credit course, but successful students will be awarded a certificate upon completion of the program.  Please note that you must make arrangements for your own housing during the ‘Bootcamp’, and 9 month dorms will be closed during this period.

We will give preference to the following students to whom some of the following apply: Four or more remaining semesters at VCU, no previous lab experience (outside of classes), desire to pursue a graduate degree. Students who transferred to VCU from community colleges in the Fall 2013 are strongly encouraged to apply. We will show preference to those who have secured or are seeking a summer research experience.

There are no prerequisites for this experience.

Applications review will be on a rolling basis priority will go to applications received by April 1st.  Apply online:

If you already have significant experience in a research laboratory, or you think that this course may not be for you.  Please contact Dr. Sarah Golding ( directly, so that we can discuss your experience and make an appropriate decision.

Abstract DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 3/21 – VCU Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity

Organized by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) and part of VCU Student 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 new deadline of March 21st, 2014.  All abstracts should be submitted to

After students are notified of their acceptance, we will accept early electronic file submission of posters for any student who wishes to have their poster printed free of charge.   Note: We hold poster workshops Jan. – Mar.

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