Personal Statements: A hands on approach to writing about yourself

Tuesday, October 11
3:45-4:30, MCALC 4100
Thursday, October 27
3:45-4:30, MCALC 4100

Writing a personal statement can be tough. How do you begin? What if you don’t understand the prompt question? What if there are no prompt questions?

Our highly-interactive workshop introduces students to writing a personal statement for their application to a graduate or professional school, Teach for America or any other program which requires at Personal Statement. We will cover the key points to consider and steps in the process. We will teach you strategies to help you understand the prompt questions, organize your ideas, and draft a compelling statement that will help you stand out from other applicants.

Note: You only need to attend one workshop.

These workshops are presented in partnership with the VCU Writing Center.

EVMS School of Health Professions Open House (October 22)

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Hello, I’d like to tell you about the Biomedical Sciences Programs at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS).  We offer a Ph.D. Program, a 2-year Research Master’s Program and a new 16-month Biotechnology Master’s Program.  Our students get rigorous scientific training in both the classroom and in unique hands-on laboratory courses.  They get lots of personal attention from faculty mentors in their research labs.  Our students learn to evaluate and understand the research literature, present their work orally at regional and national scientific meetings, and are trained in scientific writing, including practice in writing grant proposals.

The Ph.D. program offers a competitive stipend ($26,500/year), 100% tuition and fee waiver, and free health insurance.  Many of our Ph.D. graduates enter postdoctoral positions at large research institutions like Duke, University of Pennsylvania and the National Institutes of Health.  Some of our Ph.D. graduates are teaching at colleges and universities, while others work in industry.  The average time to graduation is 5.75 years.  The application deadline for the Ph.D. program is January 13, 2017.  By that date, we must receive all materials.

We also have a terrific 2-year Research Master’s program, which is very similar to our Ph.D. program.  All of its graduates have found good jobs in biotech companies and universities, or have gone on to further education.  Our Biotechnology Master’s Program is a unique 16-month curriculum focused on hands-on technical training in cutting-edge technology to prepare graduates for employment.  It includes 6 months of internship training at a biotechnology industry partner and/or at EVMS. All the graduates in the program’s first class are employed, some in companies where they interned.  More information on the Master’s programs can be found on the EVMS website (links below).  The early application deadlines are March 1 and April 1.  The final deadlines are May 15 and June 1.

Details of our admission requirements and application procedures for all programs are found on our web pages (below). (Ph.D. program) (Research Master’s program) (Biotechnology Master’s Program)

Please contact me if you have additional questions.


Margaret A. Morris, Ph.D. | Associate Professor

Internal Medicine
Director, Biomedical Sciences Graduate Programs
Eastern Virginia Medical School

700 W. Olney Road |Lewis Hall 2126 |  Norfolk, Virginia 23507|
Phone: 757-446-5891|Fax: 757-446-7339|*|

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Multiple Mini Interview workshop and practice session

Multiple Mini Interview workshop and practice session

Monday, Oct. 3
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
University Student Commons, Virginia Rooms B,C,D
Registration required

Increasingly, healthcare professional programs utilize the Multiple Mini Interview as a part of the admission process. A Multiple Mini Interview is like speed dating, but with a whole lot more on the line. You have five to ten minutes to impress your interviewer while you answer a question or respond to a scenario. The process repeats several more times until you have interviewed with eight to ten different people in under 90 minutes!

During the workshop, Career Services will discuss MMI success strategies and then you’ll practice the MMI with Pre-Professional Health Advisors and faculty and staff.

Pre-registration is required and space is limited to 50 participants. Professional dress is strongly recommend. For more information, contact VCU Career Services at or 804-828-1645.


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Panel on Graduate School in the Sciences

Tuesday, September 27
University Student Commons, Forum Room

It’s no secret that many jobs in the sciences require a graduate degree. So we’re willing to bet you’ve pondered the costs, the time commitment and probably thought about whether you could handle a graduate program.

Give us an hour and we will help you make a decision.

We’ve assembled a panel of four VCU science and healthcare professors to offer their advice and reflections on succeeding in a graduate program. During this one-hour Q&A, our panelists will discuss

  • How to select a good program that aligns with your research interests
  • How to stand out as a graduate student
  • How to use your graduate degree to advance your career

We hope you’ll join us for this informative session, which we know will add clarity to your decision about graduate study.

Fore more information, contact us at

Career Treks

Throughout the semester, we’re taking a few students to different Richmond employers to explore career opportunities and meet fascinating people working in industry

Registration is free and you can signup for as many different trips as you choose. Space is limited to 20 students per trip.

Massey Cancer Research Center Laboratory

October 14
1:00 pm-3:00 pm


Wonder what it is like to work in lab? Thinking of doing research while at VCU or beyond? Interested in cancer research? Join us for a fun and informative trip to Massey to tour a lab and find out what it is like to work at one of the nation’s leading research labs!

Meet at the Campus Connector bus stop in front of Cabell Library to ride the Campus Connector to Massey Cancer Center.

United Network of Organ Sharing

October 28
12:30 pm-3:30 pm
UNOS is where science, technology, and a nonprofit mission meet to change lives. Attend the trip to learn about careers as an Organ Placement Specialist, software/database developers, and research analysts.

Meet at the Campus Connector bus stop in front of Cabell Library to ride the Campus Connector to UNOS’ downtown facility.
If you have any questions or concerns or need to cancel your reservation, please contact Carrie Hawes at

School of Education: Race and Diversity Teach-in

VCU School of Education
Race and Diversity Teach-in

Featuring Dr. Leslie Jones, Biologist and Science Educator, Valdosta State University

Monday Sept 19th 5:30 to 7 Temple room 1160

Untangling Biological Diversity from the Social Construction of Race

If there is anything to be learned from recent racial events and the associated social unrest, it is the need for educational curricula to address systemic racism. Racial discrimination that goes on today had its origins in pseudoscientific studies, conducted by Europeans and Americans during the “Age of Imperialism.” In order to justify the abuse of people from other parts of the world, differences in appearance were magnified and portrayed as indications of significant biological variation. Those distortions are a painful legacy that can be easily refuted by a modern understanding of human biology. Recent progress in genomic research offers new evidence as to the superficiality of the relatively insignificant amount of genetic diversity that exists within our species. The characteristics of indigenous people all over the world demonstrate that there never were discrete racial categories and “race” has always been a cultural construct. Even though teaching in the interest of social justice is not a typical focus of science education, racism can be undermined by ensuring that basic facts about human evolution become part of the curriculum in K-16 education.

Leslie Sandra Jones describes herself as a passionate biologist who studied Equine Reproductive Physiology before developing an interest in Science Education while working at The Ohio State University. An undergraduate education at Mount Holyoke College solidified her interest in science, but it was not until her Master’s program at the University of New Hampshire that she ever considered an academic career. She teaches Evolution & the Diversity of Life for non-majors, Freshman & Senior Seminars for biology majors, and required content courses for education majors such as Integrated Science, Exploring Our Ecosystem, and the Natural History of Georgia. She created an integrated religion & science course called The Historical Basis of the Evolution/Creation Controversy as a response to the distrust of science among religious students in the region. Her most recent effort was to use an antiracist, evolutionary approach to an existing Human Biology course as the application of her current research on ways “Biology Can Become Antiracist Pedagogy.”

Virginia Conservation Network – Environmental Assembly

Virginia Conservation Network is hosting our annual Environmental Assembly on September 9th and 10th in Charlottesville, VA. Bringing together conservation leaders from across Virginia, the Environmental Assembly provides a forum for discussion on key environmental issues and an opportunity to strategize with like-minded individuals about the best ways to tackle threats to our natural environment.

This year’s Assembly will feature a lively evening reception; plenty of educational workshops; breakout sessions; and engaging field trips, including a pipeline hike, a kayaking trip down the Rivanna River, and a sustainable winery tour. The full event schedule can be found here.

We would love to have a stronger student presence at this event, as it is an excellent learning and networking opportunity with environmental organizations and legislators. Student tickets are $10 (the regular ticket price is $30), which covers the cost of the Friday evening reception and Saturday’s meals/programming. If you know of any students who would be interested in attending, please pass this invitation on to them. Please also pass this information along to any professors who are willing to share this invitation with their classes.

Please feel free to call me at Communications Manager Kelley Galownia, 804.644.0283 if you have any questions. We hope to see you in September!