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, 2017.  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

Call for Abstracts – Racial Disproportionality, School Discipline, & Future Directions: A Community Conversation


VCU School of Education’s
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee
Call for Papers

Racial Disproportionality, School Discipline, & Future Directions:
A Community Conversation

Monday, February 6th
VCU Student Commons
Reception: 2nd Floor Terrace

Description of Event:

Research shows that an estimated 19,000 students are suspended out of school every day, translating to approximately 12 million days of lost instruction each year (Losen, 2015). Today, the vast majority of students being suspended and expelled are Black, with districts in the South responsible for 50% of all Black student expulsions (Smith & Harper, 2015). With such high numbers of students forced out of school, students are more likely to fall behind and face a higher likelihood of entering the juvenile justice system, resulting in what is widely known as the “school-to-prison pipeline.”

Please join us for an important discussion with local youth, artists, organizers, and scholars who will discuss racial disproportionality and the school to prison pipeline. Light refreshments will be served at a reception following the event.

Call for Abstracts:

The DEI committee invites individuals to submit abstracts in the area of Racial Disproportionality and School Discipline for poster presentations during the reception. The research can be empirical or conceptual. It can also be fully completed or in-progress. If accepted, the committee will cover the cost of printing a poster. Abstracts must be received no later than January 24th (11:59pm, EDT) to

Abstract guidelines:

  1. Up to 500 words (8.5 x 11 inch paper with 1-inch margins) using a 12-point Times New Roman font;
  2. Presentation title;
  3. Abstract should include text only. Figures and tables are not acceptable.
  4. Author name(s) and contact information.



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


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:



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:

bm_excellence_st_4cUndergraduate 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 no later than March 1st, 2017 for review.  For details and to apply visit:


Spit for Science Research Symposium is Dec. 8 at 4pm!


The Spit for Science Undergraduate Research Team will present preliminary results from the study on Thursday, Dec. 8th from 4-5pm in the Forum Room of the University Student Commons. Projects include perception of peer alcohol use and drinking outcomes, assessing risk for anxiety and depression, residential life and mental health, and benefits of pet ownership after trauma exposure. Join us to learn about the project, meet the undergraduate research team, and receive a free t-shirt and pizza! For more information, please see or email

About the project: The goal of Spit for Science: the VCU Student Survey ( is to understand how genetic and environmental factors come together to influence a variety of health-related outcomes in the VCU undergraduate population.  The project, launched in the fall of 2011, followed the 2011 VCU freshman class across is its college years, and will follow new VCU freshman classes over the next few years.


VA Engage is Currently Accepting Undergraduate Research Submissions!


VCU students are encouraged to submit to the VA Engage Journal, which promotes engaged scholarship by undergraduate, professional, and graduate students throughout the Commonwealth.

The mission of the VA Engage Journal is to build our collective practical and intellectual capacities for meaningful community engagement by providing a forum in which students enrolled in colleges and universities across Virginia can share and reflect critically on their own community-engaged experiences, and can disseminate knowledge emerging from their engaged practice and research.

You can see the Journal’s categories of submission and examples of prior submissions below. We are now accepting submissions for volume 6, and submissions will be due July 19, 2017.

VA Engage Journal Call for Papers, Volume 6

The VA Engage Journal is now accepting submissions for its 6th volume, to be published in Winter 2018. Submission deadline: July 19, 2017.

Submissions should fit in one of the Journal’s categories for submission and meet the criteria for the Journal:

In addition to textual submissions, multi-media and artistic products that emerge from or reflect on engagement are encouraged; this might include photos, video, digital stories, etc.

Submission deadline for Volume 6: July 19, 2017.

Any undergraduate or graduate student enrolled full- or part-time at a two- or four-year college or university in Virginia is eligible to submit an article. Submissions with multiple authors are welcome. The VA Engage Journal is published once annually, and all submissions receive careful review and guidance from engaged faculty and staff.

Please contact Dr. Sylvia Gale (, host editor of the VA Engage Journal, or any member of the editorial board, with questions about submissions.

Call for Abstracts: 22nd Annual World Studies Student Research Conference

School of World Studies

22nd Annual Student Research Conference

November 3rd & 4th, 2016

Deadline to submit abstracts: Friday, October 14th

Abstracts should be submitted HERE. Topics can be on anything related to Anthropology, Foreign Languages, International Studies & Religious Studies. Ideas for themes include art and culture, social justice studies, immigration, sustainability, global health, & women’s rights.

For more information, contact Kelsey Steenburgh:

Call for Staff Reviewers, Join Auctus: the Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship at VCU

auctusAuctus, VCU’s Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship, is seeking talented students to join the staff for the next issue. Members will help review and edit research articles and creative works in all disciplines for our journal sections of Creative, Humanities, Social Sciences, STEM and News + Noteworthy.

Check out some of our current content!

Students of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. We are currently accepting applications for “Reviewer” positions with the potential to move up into editorial and leadership roles.  Reviewers will read students’ submissions to the journal and in collaboration with other members of the section, decide whether the articles should be accepted, revised and resubmitted, or rejected.

Joining could be a great opportunity for anyone with a copy editing background, knowledge of MLA Style, an interest in research, talents in writing, skills in public relations or background knowledge in their degree field. The staff application can be accessed at , and the final deadline is Friday October 7th. Please contact with any questions.  Our first meeting will take place on October 9th at 3pm in the Honors College Multi-Purpose Room.

3rd Annual 2016 ASBMB-Virginia Undergraduate Research Conference

asbmblogo3rd Annual 2016 ASBMB-Virginia Undergraduate Research Conference

Friday October 14th, 2016
Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Campus

Hosted by:
The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Student Chapter at VCU

The ASBMB Student Chapter at VCU is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual ASBMB-VA Undergraduate Research Conference that will be held on the MCV campus on Friday October 14th, 2016. This conference aims to further students interest and appreciation for disciplines within the life sciences with an emphasis on Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Students are invited to attend the conference, and ones who would like to present their research are invited to do so in both oral and poster formats.

The registration, and abstract submission deadlines are October 6th, and October 7th, 2016 at 11:59 PM respectively.

Information about the location and parking can be found here: ASBMB VCU 2016 Directions and Parking

Abstract submission information and the online registration form can be found here: ASBMB VCU 2016 Registration

This event it free to attend.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have an additional questions,

We look forward to hosting you all in Richmond soon!

Joshua David, Neha Rampally and Danarubini Ramanan
Co-Chairs of ASBMB-VA 2016

Sarah Golding and Teraya Donaldson
ASBMB at VCU Co-Advisors