Undergraduate Research – Spring Semester Poster Workshops

The VCU Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) will be hosting a number of research poster workshops over the coming weeks to help prepare students to present their research at campus and national research conferences and symposia.

The workshops are scheduled for the following dates/times:

Wed. March 15th  Hibbs Hall room 262 at 3pm

Tues. March 21st Harris Hall room 2123 at 2pm

Wed. March 22nd Hibbs Hall room 262 at 3pm

Tues. March 28th Harris Hall room 2123 at 2pm

Wed. March 29th Hibbs Hall room 262 at 2pm

Tues. April 4th Harris Hall room 2123 at 2pm

If students are unable to attend any of the posted workshops, they are welcome to email urop@vcu.edu to set up an individual appointment to discuss research poster creation.

Just a reminder: abstracts for the VCU Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity are due March 22nd.  Abstracts should be submitted at: http://go.vcu.edu/uroppostersubmit

Deadline is March 1st! 2017 Summer Fellowships for Undergraduate Research at VCU! Call for Proposals

It is time again to announce our funded fellowship opportunities for undergraduates interested in conducting research during the summer of 2017!  In addition to the UROP Fellowship we are again pleased to offer fellowships funded by the Center for Clinical and Translational Research, the Global Education Office, and the Division for Inclusive Excellence!  As always, many thanks to these units for their support!

Below you will find a brief description for each fellowship opportunity with a link to the full description.  Check out profiles of some of our previous Summer Research Fellows HERE. Deadline for proposals is March 1st, 2017.  Feel free to direct any questions to Herb Hill at hhill@vcu.edu

 

Global Education Undergraduate Research Fellowships

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://research.vcu.edu/ugresources/geo_fellowship.htm

Undergraduate Fellowships for Clinical and Translational Research

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://research.vcu.edu/ugresources/cctr_urop_fellowship.htm



Undergraduate Research Fellowship for Inclusive Excellence

The VCU Division for Inclusive Excellence will fund one undergraduate research fellowship award for a faculty-mentored research project focused on “diversity” as it relates to ideas, cultures, backgrounds and experiences. Successful proposals must discuss how the project will increase the student researcher’s knowledge, skills and experience related to the social, economic, political and historical significance of particular differences. This project may investigate diversity through the lens of gender, race/ethnicity, religion, socio-economic status, disabilities and/or international issues. Each fellowship award includes $1500 in funding for the student and $500 for the faculty mentor.  For details and to apply : http://research.vcu.edu/ugresources/ie_fellowship.htm

VCU Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship Summer Fellowships

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, 2017 for review.  For details and to apply visit: http://research.vcu.edu/ugresources/fellowship-instructions.htm

Call for Applications for the VCU IMSD research training program!

Calling future researchers!

The Center on Health Disparities is excited to request applications for:
The VCU Initiative to Maximize Student Development (IMSD) research training program.

We are looking to recruit eager, young biomedical researchers from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the biomedical sciences who are excited to engage in a research intensive curriculum and a long term biomedical research experience.
More details about what the program has to offer can be found on the attached flyer.
The deadline for applications is: March 15th 2017
Prospective students can apply online here: http://www.healthdisparities.vcu.edu/Research–Training/Apply-Now/

If you have any further questions about the program please contact myself
Dr. Sarah Golding, Director of the VCU Undergraduate IMSD program
segolding@vcu.edu

For questions regarding the application process please contact.
Ms Khiana Meade
IMSD Program Coordinator
cohdtraining@vcuhealth.org

We look forward to reviewing your applications!

 

National Constitution Center displays artifact replicas that were 3-D printed at VCU

National Constitution Center displays artifact replicas that were 3-D printed at VCU

Featured photoCeleste Fuentes, a freshman anthropology major and lab manager at the Virtual Curation Laboratory, shows off a plate fragment associated with a free African-American, contemporaneous with the signing of the Constitution.

A new display at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia features artifact replicas 3-D printed and painted by Virginia Commonwealth University students.

The display, “Philadelphia 1787,” opened earlier this month as part of the center’s main exhibit, which pieces together life in Philadelphia at the time of the birth of a new nation. The exhibit features more than 80 archeological artifacts dating to the 18th century that were excavated in Philadelphia before construction of the National Constitution Center.

As part of the exhibit, visitors are invited to “touch the past” by interacting with 3-D-printed artifact replicas created in the Virtual Curation Laboratory, part of VCU’s School of World Studies in the College of Humanities and Sciences. The lab focuses on the 3-D scanning and 3-D printing of historic and archaeological objects, including many notable artifacts from museums across Virginia and around the world.

VCU alumnae Brenna Geraghty paints a replica German-made jar with rabbit design that was 3-D-printed in the Virtual Curation Laboratory.
VCU alumnae Brenna Geraghty paints a replica German-made jar with rabbit design that was 3-D-printed in the Virtual Curation Laboratory.

“This 3-D scanning and 3-D printing project with the National Constitution Center is the type of relationship that I like to foster between the Virtual Curation Laboratory and our partners in the cultural heritage community,” said Bernard Means, Ph.D., director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory and an instructor of anthropology. “VCU students are given the opportunity to work with replicas of significant artifacts important to our nation’s history and make a contribution that will enrich people who visit the National Constitution Center.”

Visitors to “Philadelphia 1787” can explore the 3-D-printed reproductions of the original artifacts, which are connected to specific people from the area or are representative of what they would have owned. The objects help illuminate the lives of everyday Philadelphians of various backgrounds who were living side by side, just steps away from where the momentous events of founding a nation were taking place.

In August, Means visited the center to 3-D scan the artifacts in the National Park Service’s Independence National Historical Park archaeology laboratory.

In the fall, VCU students Luke Davis-Lee, Charlie Parker, Diana Salazar, Benjamin Snyder, Nathalie Warden, Brittany Blanchard, Elsie Martin and Celeste Fuentes, and one alumna, Brenna Geraghty, worked in the Virtual Curation Laboratory to 3-D print and paint the reproductions.

This is real world experience with helping create a museum exhibit.

As an example, the students 3-D printed and painted a replica of an ornate, imported green plate that was excavated on the site of the home of James Dexter, a free African-American coachman and prominent member of Philadelphia’s free black community.

“These undergraduate students and one alumna worked faithfully to create accurately painted 3-D printed replicas, knowing that they would be incorporated into an exhibit in historic Philadelphia,” Means said. “This is real world experience with helping create a museum exhibit that these students and the alumna can list on their resumes or graduate school applications. In fact, alumna Brenna Geraghty was hired as the new museum manager at Chippokes Plantation State Park in part because of her work on this exhibit.”

Means and the students also created 3-D-printed replicas for use by undergraduate students doing research at VCU. Some of the students will present on the National Constitution Center project at the spring undergraduate research poster conference at VCU.

The National Constitution Center's
The National Constitution Center’s “Philadelphia 1787” display invites visitors to “touch the past,” via 3-D-printed artifact replicas produced by VCU’s Virtual Curation Laboratory. Photo courtesy of the National Constitution Center.

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