Two Science and Health Career Fairs Next Week!

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Science & Health Career Fair on the Monroe Park Campus

Thursday, February 4, 2016
2 pm-5 pm
Richmond Salons, University Student Commons

Science & Health Career Fair – MCV Campus
 Friday, February 5, 2016
2 pm-5 pm
Larrick Student Center — MCV Campus
Join us in Larrick Student Center for an intimate networking career fair with organizations looking to recruit students graduating from programs on the MCV Campus. Recruiters are looking for PhDs, MDs, OTs, PTs, NPs, RNs, etc. to fill roles and to discuss future opportunities!


Call for Abstracts: VCU Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity!

Organized by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) and part of VCU Student Research Weeks, 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 22nd, 2016.  All abstracts should be submitted to

After students are notified of their acceptance, we will accept electronic file submission of their posters.   Note: We hold poster workshops Jan. – Mar. and we are now able to print research posters free of cost to our students!

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

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Undergraduate Research Assistants Needed for Adolescent & Young Adult Twin Study



In the past few decades there have been many advances in our understanding of human emotions and psychology. These advances have led to improvements in how doctors treat internalizing disorders like depression and anxiety.  Internalizing disorders have a significant impact on the quality of life of individuals as well as on society. Though we have made many advances, there is still a great deal more to learn about these conditions and their causes. Improved scientific techniques now offer researchers opportunities for an even deeper level of understanding about internalizing disorders.

The goal of this study is to learn more about genetic and environmental factors that could influence the likelihood of someone developing an internalizing disorder.  To help accomplish this, the researchers are inviting parents (or legal guardians) and their adolescent/young adult twins, ages 15 to 20 years old, to participate in this study.  This age group of twins is key to the study because it allows the researchers to observe behaviors and collect basic data during a significant developmental period.

Dr. Roberson-Nay, the primary investigator for this study, and her team are looking to acquire a small group of highly motivated, enthusiastic individuals here at VCU to be research assistants in this study. These positions are currently volunteer (unpaid) positions, but there is the possibility of earning course credit. The types of research experiences that you will gain depend largely on your own interests as the current twin study touches on many different aspects of psychology and biology. Some examples of the experiences you are likely to gain from the lab include:

-Extensive participant interaction
-Working with psychophysiological software and equipment                                                   -Opportunities for posters and papers                                                                                     -Collaboration with researchers from a variety of backgrounds

We are requiring that all students dedicate a minimum of 10 hours a week to working in the lab. We are also requiring at least a one year commitment (including summer 2016) as the level of training on our part is quite high.

If you are interested working with our lab please contact the project coordinator, Jennifer Cecilione ( with a CV/resume. Please include your year in school, GPA, and major as well as a brief summary of your academic and research interests.