How can undergraduate students get involved in research at VCU?
Virginia Commonwealth University, one of the nation’s top research universities, offers numerous opportunities for undergraduate students to explore their passions and expand their knowledge.
UROP Undergraduate Summer Fellowship
The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program fellowship offers outstanding undergraduates the chance to make substantial and significant progress on a formal, structured research endeavor over the summer in collaboration with a faculty mentor.
UROP Travel Grant Program
The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program provides support for undergraduates who present their research at regional, national and international
Honors Summer Undergraduate Research Program
Offered through the VCU Honors College, the Honors Summer Undergraduate Research Program is an opportunity for students to work one-on-one with a faculty mentor and participate in professional development workshops throughout the summer, as well as engage in research projects for independent study.
Freshman Research Institute
The Freshman Research Institute at the VCU Honors College is designed for 20 admitted first-year honors students. Students meet faculty, take tours, attend
workshops and participate in other activities to make for a smooth transition to VCU and involvement in undergraduate research throughout their time at the university.
VCU School of the Arts undergraduate research grants
In 2006, funding of $30,000 for the VCU School of the Arts Undergraduate Student Research Grants began with the purpose of encouraging curiosity, creativity, risk-taking and scholarly investigation into a project or subject of interest
relevant to the students major. Grants go to research and creative work that is interdisciplinary, involves student collaboration and draws on the expertise of a faculty mentor.
Health Disparities Research Experience
Two undergraduate students are accepted into the 10-week summer research program that runs from June to August. The students work with a faculty member on an independent research project related to improving birth outcomes for African-American women. The goal of the program is to increase the number of health professionals from underrepresented and disadvantaged groups.
Undergraduate research training programs*
Health Education Research Opportunities (HERO)
This National Institute of Heart, Lung, and Blood sponsored program provides 10-week summer research experiences for undergraduate students and first-year
medical or dental students. Students work with VCU faculty on research projects in the areas of diseases of the heart, blood vessels, lung and blood; blood resources; and sleep disorders. The program provides hands-on research experiences and career development opportunities for undergraduate students from racial and ethnic minority or disadvantaged backgrounds.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Summer Scholars Program
The programs goal serves to better prepare undergraduate biology majors in the area of systems biology to include math, computer science, the physical sciences and engineering so they can better compete in 21st-century biological and biomedical research.
Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity scholars program
The VCU Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity is a biomedical research training program for undergraduates interested in biomedical research. VCU-IMSD scholars participate in research internships in the summers following their freshman and sophomore years and during their junior and senior academic years. Scholars also enroll in a series of courses that help develop their skills in biomedical research, critical thinking, problem-solving and written and oral communication.
Short-term Educator Program for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP)
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Short-term Educator Program for Underrepresented Persons is a 10-week, nonresidential program designed to increase the number of underrepresented minority and disadvantaged students “in the pipeline” who are committed to a career in biomedical, behavioral, clinical or social sciences research. The program provides “hands-on” research experience for undergraduate students from racial and ethnic minority or disadvantaged backgrounds.
VCU Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC)
The VCU Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) is designed to provide research training for academically talented VCU juniors and seniors who are interested in biomedical research careers. MARC seeks underrepresented minority students who are African-American, Hispanic American, Native American, economically disadvantaged (Pell grant-eligible) or disabled.
*Offered through the Division for Health Sciences Diversity