You are invited!! VCU Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity!

We are very excited to invite you all to visit our undergraduates as they present their research and scholarly endeavors at our 10th(!) Annual Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity taking place on Wed. April 25thin the Commonwealth Ballrooms and Richmond Salons of the Student Commons. Session 1: 10:30-12pm, Session 2: 1-2:30pm.  Remarks and awards at 12:30pm.  Our students have put together some fantastic posters profiling their work from the past academic year, and nothing would mean more to them than to be able to share it with our community!  We have nearly 300 students eager to answer your questions and tell you about their research.

At 12:30pm we will host remarks from Vice President for Research Development, Dr. John Ryan, and will be awarding our outstanding faculty members for their mentorship of our undergraduates.  We will also announce our annual VCU Launch awards for first-year and second-year students who have produced research posters that exhibit remarkable rigor and vision.

We thank you for your continuing support of undergraduate research at VCU and hope that you will join us at this special event, part of VCU Student Research Weeks!

Events exploring VCU research on opioids and women’s health will highlight Student Research Weeks

A snapshot of the 300-plus research posters presented during the Undergraduate Research and Creativity symposium.
A snapshot of the 300-plus research posters presented during the Undergraduate Research and Creativity symposium.

Undergraduate and graduate students will grow as scholars when they share and promote their research at the eighth annual Student Research Weeks, April 6-27. Students enrolled in the university’s more than 200 degree programs in multiple disciplines will present their research to faculty and peers during symposiums and other events.

The goal is for students to network and learn from other researchers, and practice engaging the community with their work, said Herbert Hill, director of undergraduate research opportunities in the Office of Research and Innovation.

“VCU Research Weeks is about providing our students, both graduate and undergraduate, with a platform to share their work with their peers and the broader community,” Hill said. “One of the core outcomes of research is dissemination, sharing challenges, progress and discoveries in the effort to advance knowledge as a whole.”

The following is a schedule of VCU Research Weeks events, which are free and open to the public:


School of Education Research Colloquium
Oliver Hall, 1015 W. Main St.
April 6

Keynote speaker Jennifer Piver-Renna will share how research can change the conversation around education policy in Virginia, offering an inside perspective on how research and data can influence state policy decisions. Other sessions will include presentations of faculty and student research.

 

Angelica De Jesus, graduate student in the Department of Psychology, presented her research on body image problems and parental weight comments and how they predict Latino young adults’ depressive symptoms during the 10th Annual Women’s Health Research Day poster session.
Angelica De Jesus, graduate student in the Department of Psychology, presented her research on body image problems and parental weight comments and how they predict Latino young adults’ depressive symptoms during the 10th Annual Women’s Health Research Day poster session.

14th annual Women’s Health Research Day
Hermes A. Kontos Medical Science Building, auditorium, 1217 E. Marshall St.
April 12

Women’s Health Research Day is a celebration and promotion of research activities in women’s health at VCU. A plenary symposium will cover topics such as women and substance use disorders, using e-cigarettes during pregnancy, opioid use during pregnancy and PTSD-related drinking.

School of Dentistry Clinic and Research Day
VCU School of Dentistry, Crockett Lounge, 520 N. 12 St.
April 19

School of Dentistry students will present research that demonstrates how they progress the practice of dentistry and dental hygiene from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for the best poster presentations.

VCU Political Science 12th annual Student Research Conference
April 20
University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave.

VCU undergraduate and graduate students and students from across Virginia and overseas will present research and facilitate roundtable discussions on topics related to general fields of government and public affairs. Topics will include American government, public policy, international relations, comparative government and politics, political theory and research methods. Research may share connections to sociology, ethics, religious studies, philosophy, economics and history. The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Graduate Research Symposium and Exhibit
April 24
University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave.

Five VCU experts in opioid related research will discuss how to combat the epidemic during a panel discussion. A poster presentation of graduate level research will cover opiate addiction and other topics in multiple disciplines. The event has a thematic tie to “Dreamland,” VCU’s 2017 Common Book.

Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity
April 25
University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave.

The symposium is a chance for many VCU undergraduates to showcase the results of their first major research endeavor. Students in multiple disciplines in the arts, sciences and humanities will present their research. The event is often a culmination of an undergraduate academic career, and marks the end of a year’s worth of exploration for a research project.

 Graduate Recruitment Fair
April 25
University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave.

The fair will coincide with the Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity. Undergraduates from all disciplines are invited to attend for information related to opportunities at VCU and other institutions. Recruiters from other universities will be in attendance.

 National Science Foundation Research Fellowship information session
April 26
University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave.

The VCU National Scholarship Office will be hosting an information session for the NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Jeff Wing, director of the VCU National Scholarship Office, will share information about the application process. Juniors and seniors who are planning to pursue graduate degrees in STEM fields are encouraged to attend, as are first-year students.

Fulbright Scholarship information session
April 26
University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave.

The VCU National Scholarship Office will host an information session for students interested in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which includes funding to study, conduct research or teach English in more than 140 nations.

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship information session
April 26
University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave.

The VCU National Scholarship Office is hosting an information session for students interested in the Goldwater Scholarship. The purpose of the Goldwater program is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in these STEM fields.

 School of Social Work Research Symposium
April 27
University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave.

Graduate and undergraduate students from the VCU School of Social Work will present their research and scholarly projects in the form of posters and oral presentations at the annual symposium, held from 10 a.m to 2 p.m.

School of Engineering Senior Design Expo
April 27
VCU Siegel Center, 1200 W. Broad St.

Undergraduates in the School of Engineering will share capstone senior projects with the greater Richmond community to raise awareness of the profession among middle and high school students. Senior design teams will demonstrate their prototypes, which are a culmination of eight months of effort. In all, 88 student teams will participate in the expo, which has become a signature event for the university.

At the School of Social Work Research Symposium in 2014, Grace Dawson discusses her team's research project, “Comparing the Effectiveness of Foster Parent Training Programs Through Satisfaction.”
At the School of Social Work Research Symposium in 2014, Grace Dawson discusses her team’s research project, “Comparing the Effectiveness of Foster Parent Training Programs Through Satisfaction.”

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3.      Receive personalized feedback report on psychological and cognitive functioning at study end

4.     Help advance research to improve healthcare professional education and well-being

REMINDER: Deadline is March 22. 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 VCU Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity is an opportunity for students to present their research endeavors and creative scholarship 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, 2018.  All abstracts should be submitted to http://go.vcu.edu/uroppostersubmit  Please note, we will divide the symposium into two sessions this year.  Session 1: 10:30am-12pm  Session 2: 1pm-2:30pm.  We will hold remarks at 12:30pm.  Upon submission of their abstracts, students will be asked to choose only one session during which they will be available to present their poster.

After students are notified of their acceptance, we will accept electronic file submission of their posters.  Note: We are currently hosting poster design workshops and we are able to print research posters free of cost to our students!  A schedule for upcoming poster workshops can be found here: http://wp.vcu.edu/vcuurop/2018/02/22/posterworkshops2018/

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

Research Weeks will take place throughout the month of April, and the symposium will take place on Wednesday April 25th, 2018.

Additional Undergraduate Research Fellowships for Community-Engaged Research

In addition to our 2018 VCU Summer Fellowships for Undergraduate Research, we are happy to announce new Fellowship opportunities available in the area of community-engaged research. Deadline for proposals is March 10, 2018.  Feel free to direct any questions to Herb Hill at hhill@vcu.edu

Undergraduate Fellowships for Community Engaged Research

The Division of Community Engagement a will fund 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. Each fellowship award includes $1500 in funding for the student and $500 for the faculty mentor.  For details and to apply visit: https://research.vcu.edu/ugresources/ce_cctr_fellowship.htm

More research Fellowships:

 

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 two undergraduate research fellowship awards 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 undergraduate research fellowship awards 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 10th, 2018 for review.  For details and to apply visit: http://research.vcu.edu/ugresources/fellowship-instructions.htm

Undergraduate Research 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:

February 26th  Hibbs Hall room 327 at 2pm

March 12th Hibbs Hall room 327 at 2pm

March March 19th Hibbs Hall room 327 at 2pm

March 26th Hibbs Hall room 327 at 2pm

April 2nd Hibbs Hall room 327 at 2pm

April 16th Hibbs Hall room 327 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