Funding for Research and Other Research Opportunities

Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship Summer Fellowship Program, 2014
Each year, the university and the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program offer a scholarship program for students interested in earning money in the summer doing serious work engaged in active learning. Full-time VCU Freshman, Sophomores, and Juniors in all majors are welcome to apply.

Global Education Office (GEO) Undergraduate Research Fellowships
For the summer of 2014 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.

Undergraduate Fellowships for Community Engaged and Translational Research
For the summer of 2014 the Division of Community Engagement and the Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR) will fund three undergraduate community-engaged research fellowship awards for research projects mentored by VCU faculty and carried out in collaboration with a community partner.

Undergraduate Fellowship for Clinical and Translational Research
For the summer of 2014 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.

Read about some of the students and projects that have previously been awarded the UROP Summer Fellowship on our Welcome Page.

For tips on finding a faculty mentor, see PREPARING YOURSELF FOR UNDERGRADUTE RESEARCH. Also, check the UROP Blog for regularly offered workshops on contacting potential research mentors.


VCU Funded Opportunities

VCU has several undergraduate research training programs that may provide monetary stipends for which you might be eligible.


Internships, Scholarships, and Fellowships through ORAU and ORISE.

Before applying for any of these awards, familiarize yourself with university procedures for responding to solicitations. Many of these opportunities must be submitted through the Office of Sponsored Programs. You should first speak with your mentor/advisor, fiscal administrator and Office of Sponsored Programs before submitting a grant application. The Associate/Assistant Dean for Research in your School/College can also be a resource for information.

Many VCU departments and programs have a process for students interested in securing an undergraduate research experience. Please review the following websites to determine what might meet your needs.


Research Opportunities through VCU Spit4Science

Microbiology, Infectious Diseases and Public Health Epidemiology Program

Undergraduate Biomedical Research at VCU: Program Descriptions and Potential Faculty Mentors on the MCV Campus

VCU Department of Physiology:  Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)

LFSC 301 Integrative Life Sciences Research: Three credit Course. Students will leave this course knowing enough about science and the process of science to feel confident in critically evaluating scientific information and/or embarking on their own process of discovery with a faculty mentor.

VCU Department of Biology: Information About Independent Study and Undergrad Research in Biology at VCU

VCU Department of Chemistry: Opportunities for Chemistry Majors

VCU Engineering: Multiple Opportunities in Various Departments and Centers

Chemical and Life Science Engineering: Undergraduate Course, Variable Credit, Undergrad Research with a Faculty Member

VCU da Vinci Center for Innovation

VCU Department of Psychology: Undergraduate Research

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs: Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program

Undergraduate Research and Training Opportunities

VCU also has some special undergraduate research training programs for which you might be eligible.