Resources for Undergraduate Research

Virginia Commonwealth University is committed to bringing the resources of a research institution to bear on student learning opportunities. A key component of this commitment is engaging our undergraduate students in research activities with an outstanding faculty.

Learning by doing is a proven method of enhancing the educational experience. Whether by working with faculty in the areas of breast cancer, polymer-metal composites, understanding terrorism, or dispersal processes in forest systems, being involved in the creation of new knowledge is an exciting and rewarding experience for both students and faculty.

We invite you to take advantage of opportunities for teaching and learning through inquiry and discovery.

Dr. Francis L. Macrina
Vice President for Research and Innovation

Upcoming VCU Funding and Presentation Opportunities

Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship Summer Fellowship Program

Global Education Office (GEO) Undergraduate Research Fellowships

Undergraduate Fellowships for Community Engaged and Translational Research

Undergraduate Fellowship for Clinical and Translational Research

Undergraduate Research Fellowship for Inclusive Excellence

UROP Travel Grant Program

Auctus, the Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship at VCU

VCU Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity

Profiles of VCU Student Researchers

True Detectives
Highlighting five undergraduate researchers who, thanks to fellowships from VCU’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program and guidance from faculty mentors, have been able to do very real, very hands-on research on projects they’re passionate about.

Student’s Civil War Music Ready for the Spotlight
Allen Wittig received a grant from the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program that allowed him to research music of the Civil War era up to the Battle of Gettysburg.

Virus Fighters
Joanna Kettlewell a biology major and chemistry minor has explored what it means to be a scientist by studying one of the enzymes that gives HIV its bite.

Alien Invasion of the Trees
Stephanie Roddy has been studying gypsy moth pupae at six locations across Virginia.

Overcoming Barriers
Yeimarie Lopez examines the needs of non-English speaking cancer patients.

Becoming the Researcher
MARC research training program offers Nisan Hubbard intensive research experience.

Mark Making Techniques in Indigenous Peoples
Art, indigenous peoples and their cultures have always held a strong interest for Tobias Wilbur.

Smile, Pass it On
Laura Peters is conducting a two-part, cross-cultural study on the facial feedback hypothesis.

Sharing the Joy of Art
Victoria Hribar creates a device to give the visually-impaired a more personal experience of art.

Bringing Communities Together Through Art
As long as she's teaching art in some fashion or another, Virginia "Ginnie" Driggers says she'll be extremely satisfied with wherever her career takes her.

English Major Creates 'Zine Honoring Richmond's Poetry Past and Present
Addison Herron-Wheeler thought combining a verse miscellany with a 'zine would create a compelling product.

Jazz Studies Major Alters his Perspective after Research Project
When Samuel Sherman traveled to Brazil last summer to experience that country's music, he was surprised to discover that Brazilian music was more varied and less rigid than he had imagined.

Manipulating Mold
"The best thing about research," said Krystina Cocco, "is that you're going to get an answer either way. Maybe you're not doing well as far as your hypothesis is concerned, but you're still going to get answers."

Solving Complex Problems Using Math
Undergraduate Student Researcher: Garrett Howe

Meet the UROP Summer Fellows

Every summer, the Office of Research and Innovation awards funding to a group of undergraduates to conduct research over a span of 10 weeks with a faculty mentor of their choice. The award is offered through the VCU Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program to undergraduate students and their faculty mentor partners whose research proposals show the greatest potential for learning and discovery. The fellowship is open to all VCU undergrads from every academic discipline, and the funded projects represent a wide array of scholarly interests that exemplify the diversity of our academic community.

Click here to to learn about and welcome our 2013-2014 UROP Summer Fellows.