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Study Abroad Fair – Thursday, 26 September

VCU Education Abroad is excited to announce our annual Study Abroad Fall Fair 2019 will take place on Thursday, 26 September from 10AM-2:30PM!

Text Reads: Study Abroad Fall Fair. September 26, 2019. 10am - 2:30pm.  University Student Commons, Richmond Salons.  Learn about semester, summer, and short-term options.  Meet reps from key VCU resource offices and affiliate program providers.  Talk with study abroad staff, returnee students and faculty program leaders. 10 students will receive a $500 study abroad award.  VCU Education Abroad.
Text Reads: Study Abroad Fall Fair. September 26, 2019. 10am – 2:30pm. University Student Commons, Richmond Salons. Learn about semester, summer, and short-term options. Meet reps from key VCU resource offices and affiliate program providers. Talk with study abroad staff, returnee students and faculty program leaders. 10 students will receive a $500 study abroad award. VCU Education Abroad.

Information Sessions: Applying for Summer Undergraduate Research Programs at VCU

Greetings colleagues, below is the full schedule of information sessions for spring semester.  Feel free to share widely with students and faculty.  You are also welcome to share our blog post with further details here: http://wp.vcu.edu/vcuurop/2019/01/23/infosessionsspring19/
We will post a separate schedule of Research Poster Design Workshops soon!  Many thanks as always,
Herb

1/24/2019 Thu 3:00 PM-4:00 PM MPC | Harris Hall 2129  (All Summer Programs)

1/31/2019 Thu 3:30 PM-4:30 PM MPC | Temple Building 1160  (Applying for Funding for Community-Engaged Research)

2/5/2019 Tue 3:30 PM-4:30 PM MPC | Temple Building 1160 (All Summer Programs)

2/7/2019 Thu 3:30 PM-4:30 PM MPC | Temple Building 1160 (All Summer Programs)

2/11/2019 Mon 4:00 PM-5:00 PM MPC | Hibbs Hall 264 (All Summer Programs)

2/14/2019 Thu 3:30 PM-4:30 PM MPC | Temple Building 1160 (Applying for Funding for Community-Engaged Research)

2/18/2019 Mon 4:00 PM-5:00 PM MPC | Hibbs Hall 264 (All Summer Programs)

2/26/2019 Tue 3:30 PM-4:30 PM MPC | Temple Building 1160 (Applying for Funding for Community-Engaged Research)

2/28/2019 Thu 3:30 PM-4:30 PM MPC | Temple Building 1160 (All Summer Programs)

Invitation to VCU Earth Hacks

EarthHacks is an innovation-focused event where students from all majors develop solutions to

real-world environmental challenges. Multidisciplinary teams will have 24 hours to learn from mentors, brainstorm and generate solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems. Depending upon the problem, proposed solutions can involve hardware, software, art, text and other materials. Visit earthhacks.vcu.edu for more information and registration.

Goldwater Scholarship Information Sessions

Mr. Jeff Wing from the National Scholarship Office will be offering two information sessions about the Goldwater Scholarship. Undergrads who will graduate in May 2020 or later are eligible to apply. Those with strong grades and research experience, who are planning to pursue STEM research careers, are encouraged to attend one of the information sessions to learn more about this opportunity. The first session will be held from 2-3p on Thursday, September 13, and the second will be held from 11a-noon on Friday, September 14. Both info sessions will be held in the NSO conference room (1210) in the Honors College building (701 W. Grace Street). Interested students who cannot attend either information session can make an appointment to meet with Mr. Wing.

Free talk on RVA urban heat island effects

A heat map of the Richmond cityscape shows a stark difference in temperature between buildings and surroundings.

Richmond’s Urban Heat Island Effect

  • Tuesday, August 21
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • Round House in Byrd Park

Speaker: Jeremy S. Hoffman, Ph.D., Science Museum of Virginia

Topic: The Richmond urban heat island one year later: What we know.

Abstract: Last July, the Science Museum of Virginia led a collective of Richmond-area organizations in a citizen science assessment of the city’s urban heat island effect – or the amplification of heat waves in certain areas of the city due to extensive built surfaces and few trees. Results identified a 16°F difference between the warmest and coolest places in the city at the same time. Many of the warmest areas also coincide with higher populations of families in poverty, black communities, low educational attainment individuals, and vacant property. What do we know about how heat affects our health in Richmond? What can be done about this environmental and social issue? I’ll talk about green infrastructure as one of multiple possible solutions.

Richmond Tree Stewards is sponsoring this opportunity. Please bring friends and neighbors who may be interested.

There will be door prizes and refreshment

EVENT LINK:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1057616374407547/

VAS 2018 Fall Undergraduate Research Meeting

2018 Fall Undergraduate Research Meeting 
Saturday, November 3, 2018  
Ferrum College  
9 am – ~5 pm

Deadline for electronic submission of 2018 Undergraduate Research Grant Applications is October 1, 2018.

The VAS Fall Undergraduate Research Meeting is a research grant proposal competition, which has been held annually since the Fall of 2001.  In order to participate in this meeting, undergraduate students, in conjunction with their faculty mentors, are required to:

(1)   Prepare and submit an Undergraduate Research Grant Application by the October 1 deadline.

(2)   Develop posters outlining the proposed research (following the criteria of the Fall Meeting Poster Guidelines) and present their posters at the Fall Undergraduate Research Meeting on November 3.

NOTE:  Both the Research Grant Applications and the Poster Presentations will be evaluated to determine the recipients of the research grants.

Nine Undergraduate Research Grant Awards of $750 each will be awarded to selected recipients at the end of this meeting.  The grant award recipients will also be awarded student membership in the Virginia Academy of Science for 2019 and will be expected to present the results of their research at the 2019 VAS Annual Meeting in May at Old Dominion University.

Please note that it is the intention of VAS to distribute the Undergraduate Research Grant Awards by institution, discipline, and faculty mentors.

Meeting Participation Procedures

  1. Each grant application must include one or more undergraduate students and one or more faculty mentors.
  • Student applicants must be undergraduates enrolled in 2- or 4-year colleges or universities in Virginia.

Student applicants do not need to be members of the Virginia Academy of Science.

o     Faculty mentors must be faculty members affiliated with 2- or 4-year colleges or universities in Virginia.

Faculty mentors must be members in good standing (i.e., paid dues for 2018) of the Virginia Academy of Science by the October 1 grant application submission deadline.  Current VAS membership status can be confirmed by contacting the VAS Associate Executive Officer at vasoffice@vacadsci.org.

If needed, the VAS Individual Membership Form is available on the VAS website via the link below.

http://vacadsci.org/vas-membership/join-and-become-a-member/individual-membership-form/

  1. The Undergraduate Research Grant Application should be downloaded from the VAS website and completed by the student applicant(s) in consultation with their faculty mentor(s).

The major component of the application is the Project Description whichmust be limited to no more than 3 single-spaced pages of text (10-12 point font) and must include all components listed below.

o   Project Summary (25-50 words) for inclusion in the Fall Meeting Program and possibly in Virginia Scientists and/or Virginia Journal of Science

o   Clear statement of Purpose or Objectives of research

o   Rationale of proposed approach

o   Clearly stated Research Plan with procedure(s) described in enough detail to allow assessment of research plan

A limited number of graphs, tables, and/or illustrations may be included if essential; these will not count in the 3 page limit.

o   Clear description of the Significance of the research to your specialty

o   Relevant Literature (3 to 5 key references only)

NOTE:  The Undergraduate Research Application for 2018 is now available on the VAS website (via Meetings > Fall Undergraduate Research Meeting > Fall Undergraduate Research Grant Application).

  1. Completed Undergraduate Research Grant Application must be emailed to Gary Isaacs(gdisaacs@liberty.edu)
  • The completed application (in MS Word docx or doc format) must be attached to a single email message
  • The following information must be included in the email subject line:  Last Name(s) of Student Applicant(s) – VAS UG Research Grant Application

The deadline for student applicants to submit the grant application is Monday, October 1, 2018 (by midnight).

  1. Student applicants must register for and attend the 2018 VAS Fall Undergraduate Research Meeting on Saturday November 3, 2018 at Ferrum College and present posters outlining their proposed research projects(following the criteria of the Fall Meeting Poster Guidelines).

If needed, driving directions to Ferrum College are available on the Ferrum College website via the link below.

http://www.ferrum.edu/about/campus-map-and-directions/

  1. Faculty mentors are strongly encouraged to accompany their students to the 2018 VAS Fall Undergraduate Research Meeting on Saturday November 3, 2018 at Ferrum College. 

If needed, driving directions to Ferrum College are available on the Ferrum College website via the link above.

  1.  ALL 2018 Fall Undergraduate Research Meeting attendees(i.e., student applicants, faculty mentors, judges, guests) must register for the meeting ($15 registration fee). 

      NOTE:  Registration information will be available on the VAS website at a later date.

      The deadline for registering for the 2018 VAS Fall Undergraduate Research Meeting is Friday October 12, 2018.

The Science of Networking

Thursday, April 19, 2018: 4 – 5 pm

The Department of Biology and VCU Career Services present a workshop for STEM students in Harris Hall, Room 4153, focusing on networking skills.  Learn about successful introductions and first impressions, elevator pitches, effective interaction at conferences or other professional events, and maintaining communication with new contacts. All students are welcome. Please contact bioadvising@vcu.edu with questions.

Career Trek: Richmond Brewing April 6th

VCU Career Services hosts Career Trek: Richmond Breweries on Friday, April 6th

Studying one of the sciences, but not quite sure what you can “do” with that after graduation? Join VCU Career Services on a Career Trek to explore the Science of Brewing!

Craft brewing (and brewing in general) is at its core both an art and a science. During this Career Trek, we’re going to tour two RVA craft breweries and have in-depth discussions with their Head/Master Brewers about the science aspects of the industry. You will learn knowledge and skills needed to tap into the industry.

Schedule:
Friday, April 6th
12:30 PM – Students requesting transportation meet Career Services Staff in the pick-up/drop-off loop outside the Floyd Avenue entrance of the University Student Commons*
1:00 PM – Arrive at Väsen Brewing for tour and talk with head brewer. Emphasis on sustainable brewing
2:15 PM – Depart Väsen
2:45 PM – Arrive at Three Notch’d Brewing for tour and talk with head brewer, Stefan.
4:00 PM – Return to campus
Disclaimers:
– Due to the nature of this event we are only able to have 20 participants, and transportation is limited to 10 participants. There is a $5 registration fee to participate in this event (refundable only if you provide 48 hours notice of cancellation).
– Although no alcohol will be consumed/provided, and participants are prohibited from purchasing alcohol during this event, all participants must be at least 21 years of age.*All registrants must indicate if they will be riding in the van, or providing their own transportation to the event. Please select the appropriate option under “Item Fee” to indicate this.Registration link herehttps://goo.gl/8WQdiiAdditional questions? Please reach out to us at hirevcurams@vcu.edu.

EarthHacks – March 17-18, 2018

EarthHacks

MARCH 17-18, 2018 | SCIENCE MUSEUM OF VIRGINIA
2500 W. Broad St., Richmond VA 23220

EarthHacks is an innovation-focused event where students from all majors develop solutions to real-world environmental challenges. Multidisciplinary teams will have 24 hours to learn from mentors, brainstorm and generate solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems. Depending upon the problem, proposed solutions can involve hardware, software, art, text and other materials. The three challenge categories are:

POLLUTION

Pollution is the interference of contaminants with the natural world, degrading natural resources and putting plant, animal and human life in danger.

RENEWABLE
ENERGY

Renewable energy is power harvested from resources that are not in danger or being depleted, such as wind, sunlight, geothermal energy, waves and tides, rain and bioenergy.

CONSERVATION TECHNOLOGY

Conservation technology is the modernization and introduction of technology to the conservation fields, spurring ecological, agricultural and wildlife-focused innovation.

    Register at this link today!    

Visit EarthHacks.vcu.edu for more information.