The VCU GREAT Program: Guided Research Experience and Applied Training

Deadline for applications is March 4. Apply now via our online form

VCU Spit for Science logoThe VCU GREAT summer research program provides undergraduates with funded research training under the guidance of VCU faculty mentors conducting behavioral sciences research. Second-year students from backgrounds that are historically underrepresented in health-related sciences are strongly encouraged to apply. Central to the mission of VCU GREAT is the diversification of our academic, research, and behavioral sciences professional community.

VCU GREAT is supported by a team of Spit for Science faculty collaborators who offer experiential learning in alcohol research, the genetics of substance use, and related behavioral health outcomes including mindfulness, sleep, depression and anxiety, parent-child relationships, and interpersonal relationships.

Over the course of eight weeks spanning from mid-May to mid-July, successful applicants will engage with guided research and reflection, participate in weekly group sessions centered on preparation for further research, education, and career pathways, and learn about responsible conduct of research. The GREAT program offers built-in individual advising and community-building so that GREAT students have the opportunity to continue with research after their summer experience and to expand upon their relationships with their scholarly network.

Additionally, GREAT students will be trained and mentored in the communication of research and scholarship, and have the opportunity to present their work at local and national conferences and symposia.

Applicants should be VCU students who are citizens or permanent residents, and who will be enrolled as a VCU undergraduate the following academic year. Second-year students who have an interest in attending graduate school, and who are from backgrounds that are historically underrepresented in health-related sciences, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please feel free to direct questions or concerns to Dr. Amy Adkins at or Mr. Herb Hill at