Announcing VCU Student Research Weeks 2015!

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Dear Students, Colleagues, and members of the VCU community,

Starting this month, VCU hosts its fifth annual Student Research Weeks, a series of events that brings together undergraduates, graduate students and faculty from across disciplines to celebrate research and creative scholarly projects.

A schedule of events and locations can be found at the website below. Projects span many academic disciplines, including work from Community Engagement, the College of Humanities and Sciences and the schools of Allied Health Professions, Arts, Business, Political Studies, World Studies, Engineering, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work and Interdisciplinary Studies. Students will be available to demonstrate and discuss their projects in a variety of presentations.  I hope you will join us for this exciting series of events!

For more information, contact me at or visit:


Abstract DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 3/27 – 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 27th, 2015.  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: For a schedule of upcoming poster creation workshops visit:

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


Nominate your Faculty Mentor for an Undergraduate Research Mentorship Award!

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Are you a VCU undergraduate student who is currently conducting research under an awesome faculty member at VCU?  Do you know a professor or faculty member who goes above and beyond to create research opportunities for undergraduate students?  If so, nominate them for a UROP Faculty Mentorship Award so we can acknowledge their contributions!

Go to: to submit a statement of no more than 500 words explaining why the chosen nominee deserves an outstanding mentorship award. Please use specific examples that detail your nominee’s contribution to undergraduate research at VCU.  The deadline for submissions is April 4th.

Consider the following criteria in your nomination:

• How has the nominee enhanced the skills related to undergraduate research in their discipline?

• How has the nominee expanded the knowledge base of student researchers?

• How has the nominee assisted undergraduates in their engagement with research?

• How has the nominee guided students in the acquisition of research presentation skills?

• What lasting impression has the nominee made on students’ future academic and professional plans?

Email Herb Hill at with any questions.

Upcoming Fulbright Student Scholarship Information Sessions


The National Scholarship Office has scheduled several Fulbright Information Sessions this spring for those who are interested in learning more about the Fulbright Student Scholarship ( These sessions are hosted by units across both campuses, and each session is open to anyone who wants to attend. Unless otherwise noted, each session will include information on both the English Teaching Assistant and Independent Research/Study opportunities.

Serious candidates for the Fulbright Student Scholarship should have strong academic credentials (3.0 GPA or higher), international interests, and appropriate language skills for the host country and proposed project (if planning to conduct independent research or a creative project). If potential candidates do not presently have the appropriate language level, they should have a plan to acquire the appropriate level before they would commence their project. Current undergraduates who will complete their bachelor’s degree by August 2016 are eligible to apply, as are graduate students and recent alumni. Candidates for the US Student Fulbright program must be US citizens.

Additional information sessions are being scheduled, so check back here to see when and where they will be offered.

Tuesday, March 17, 11a, Academic Learning Commons (ALC) 3100

Wednesday, March 18, noon, Pollak 421 (this session will focus on applications in the Fine Arts)

Friday, March 20, 4p, VCU GLOBE Room 1030G

Wednesday, March 25, 3p, School of Business, Snead Hall, Room B2147

Friday, March 27, 2p, Scherer Hall, Room 401 (923 W. Franklin)

Wednesday, April 1, 1p, History Department Conference Room, 811 Cathedral Place

Wednesday, April 1, 3p, Oliver Hall, Room 4084b

Friday, April 3, 10a, Buford House, Room 202 (922 W. Franklin)

Tuesday, April 14, noon, School of Nursing, Room TBA

Thursday, April 23, noon, Student Commons, Forum Room

Tuesday, April 28, 3p, School of Engineering, West Hall 103

To schedule an individual appointment to discuss your Fulbright interests with someone in the National Scholarship Office, please email

Summer Research with RAMS Undergraduate Scholars Program


The Research Alliance for Microbiome Science (RAMS) Undergraduate Scholars Program serves to develop the next generation of leaders in microbiome science by providing undergraduate students the opportunity to work on research projects with RAMS Registry investigators.

In this inaugural year of the program, scholars will perform a research project in the Fettweis laboratory to characterize the role of bacterial species in the maternal microbiome.

The award is $1,500 for the 6-week program. The program is open to VCU undergraduates who are rising sophomores, juniors or seniors. Up to three undergraduate scholars will be selected for the 2015 program. The 2015 program will take place from June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015. Applications for the 2015 RAMS Undergraduate Scholars Program are due by March 24, 2015.

Direct Link to Application Form:

DEADLINE EXTENSION: March 9th for 2015 Summer Fellowships for Undergraduate Research at VCU!

We are extending the proposal deadline to March 9th for our VCU Summer Fellowships for Undergraduate Research and Creativity!

In addition to the UROP Fellowship and our fellowships funded by the Center for Clinical and Translational Research, the Division of Community Engagement, the Global Education Office, we are very pleased to offer a new fellowship funded by 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.  Feel free to direct any questions to Herb Hill

geoGlobal 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:

cctrUndergraduate 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:

DCEUndergraduate Fellowships for Community Engaged and Translational Research

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:


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 :

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 before the new deadline of March 9th for review.  For details and to apply visit:

Spit for Science seeking Undergraduate Research Assistants for Fall Semester!


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 Spit for Science: the VCU Student Survey ( is a university-wide research opportunity for VCU students. The goal of the project is to understand how genetic and environmental factors come together to influence a variety of health-related outcomes in the VCU undergraduate population. A big focus is on substance use and emotional health problems, such as depression, since the life stage that college students are entering is a high risk period for the onset of these problems.

We’re currently looking for students to be a part of the research team for Fall Semester 2015. Research assistants will be involved in assisting with the project as well as marketing, outreach, data analysis and other research activities. Students will work in teams to develop research questions and analyze Spit for Science data. Faculty involved in the project will review research papers with students and discuss topics related to the goals of the research. Discussions in class, and online, will reinforce class concepts.

Required class meetings will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:50-5:20 PM. Undergraduates at all class levels are welcome to apply. Enrollment will be for three credits (A-F grading system). If interested, please contact Dr. Amy Adkins,, or visit for further details. The application deadline is Tuesday, March 24 at 5:00 PM.

How to Get Involved in Undergraduate Research – Info Sessions


The VCU Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) will host four back-to-back 30 minute info sessions for undergraduate students entitled, “Preparing for Undergraduate Research”on February 24th 2015.  The sessions are scheduled from 10am-12pm in the VCU Student Commons Virginia Room A.

The info sessions will provide information about upcoming opportunities for research at VCU, and will help interested undergraduates prepare themselves for a research experience.

As part of Diversity Scholars Research Week, the info sessions will be followed by a Student Panel and Keynote Luncheon, provided by Chipotle, and free of cost to students who register HERE.


UROP Research Poster Creation Workshop this Thursday 2/19


The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program will be hosting a poster workshop on:

Thursday, February 19th at 3pm in room 441 of Hibbs Hall 

The workshops will focus on the significance of a poster as a vehicle for research presentation while covering some of the technical aspects of poster creation from design to printing.

Completion of the workshop will assist in preparing undergrads to present their work, whether for the Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity taking place on campus April 22nd, 2015, or for any other national conferences related to undergraduate research.

If you would like to workshop your poster, but are unable to attend any of the announced sessions, please contact Herb Hill at to schedule an alternate meeting time.