Cutting-edge, ambitious work marks sixth annual Student Research Weeks

Freshman Usha Raman presents her research last year at the Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Res...
Freshman Usha Raman presents her research last year at the Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity. Photo by Tom Kojcsich, University Marketing

Virginia Commonwealth University’s Student Research Weeks, an annual event celebrating student research and creative and scholarly projects across a range of disciplines, will be held from April 13 to 28 on VCU’s Monroe Park and MCV campuses.

Over two weeks, undergraduate and graduate students will present their projects, theses and dissertations, demonstrating and discussing their work through a series of events and activities, which are free and open to the public.

Some of the highlights from Research Weeks include:


Wednesday, April 13

VCU Venture Creation Competition
8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Snead Hall, 301 W. Main St., Room B3189
Students learn about entrepreneurship through the development of a concept or business venture and present to a panel of judges. Finalists will compete for cash prizes that can be used to further the commercialization of their venture. (Reception at 4:30 p.m. in the School of Business Atrium; awards ceremony at 5 p.m.)

For more information, visit the da Vinci Center website.


Thursday, April 14

School of Dentistry Research and Clinic Day
8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Perkinson Building, 1101 E. Leigh St. (talks)  Jonah L. Larrick Student Center, 900 Turpin St., Court End Ballroom (posters)
Dental and dental-hygiene students, research students and residents will present their research findings and contributions to advance oral health. Judges will award prizes for the best poster presentation in four categories.

For more information, contact Oonagh Loughran at


Friday, April 15

VCU Political Science 10th Annual Student Research Conference
8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave.

Undergraduate and junior graduates from VCU and other universities will present research projects and facilitate roundtable discussions. Topics include public policy, international relations, and political theory and research methods. For more information, contact Christopher Saladino at


Tuesday, April 19

19th Annual Graduate Research Symposium and Exhibit
11 a.m.–1 p.m.
University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. (Commonwealth Ballroom)
VCU graduate students from all disciplines and departments will present their work to faculty, staff, students and community members.  

For more information, visit the Graduate Research Symposium website.


Wednesday, April 20

10th Annual Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity
11 a.m.–2 p.m.
University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. (Commonwealth Ballroom, James River Terrace, Richmond Salons)
Undergraduate students will present their research projects from a wide variety of academic disciplines. The event is organized by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program.

For more information, contact Herb Hill at


Graduate Recruitment Fair
11 a.m.–2 p.m.
University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. (Virginia Rooms)
Undergraduates from all disciplines are invited to attend to get information about opportunities in graduate education at VCU and beyond. Recruiters from a number of universities will attend. Hosted by VCU Office of Admissions.

For more information, contact Joy Rush at


Thursday, April 21

School of World Studies Senior Research Poster Exposition
11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. (Richmond Salons)
Seniors showcase their best work, including research from Senior Seminar, internship experience, service-learning work and other academic research.

For more information, contact Kelsey Steenburgh at


Friday, April 22

School of Social Work Research Symposium
10 a.m.–1 p.m.
University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. (Commonwealth Ballroom)
Graduate and undergraduate students will present their research and scholarly projects through a poster exhibition and oral presentations.

For more information, contact Leanne Marshall at


Wednesday, April 27

12th Annual Women’s Health Research Day
1 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Jonah L. Larrick Student Center, 900 Turpin St.
Faculty and students will present their research at a plenary symposium and poster exhibition. There will be several awards, including best overall poster by a junior investigator and best poster demonstrating an interdisciplinary investigator collaboration.

For more information, visit or contact Benoit Meyrieux at

Thursday, April 28

Surgery Residents Research Day

7 a.m.–noon

Hermes A. Kontos Medical Sciences Building, 1217 E. Marshall St.

Surgical residents present findings from research studies that investigate the underlying mechanisms of disease, translate discoveries in the laboratory into clinical trials and offer experimental options with the goal of improving patient care. For more information, contact Amanda Adair at

Thursday, April 28

School of Engineering Senior Design Expo
9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Siegel Center, 1200 W. Broad St.
Senior design teams share their capstone projects, including providing demonstrations of their prototypes. The event is meant to increase awareness of the engineering profession among middle and high school students. For more information, visit the Capstone Design Expo website.


Research Weeks are sponsored by the VCU Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, the VCU Graduate Student Association, the VCU Office of Research and the VCU Office of the Provost.  For more information and a complete schedule of events and activities, including information sessions for national scholarships, contact Herb Hill at or 804-828-4450, or visit