VCU Research Weeks 2022

Schedule of events - March 17 to April 29

Thursday March 17

School of Education Community Event: DEI Community Conversation

DeLeon Gray4:30-6:30 p.m., Peter Paul Development Center, 1708 North 22nd Street, Richmond VA 23223
The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee in the VCU School of Education, in partnership with Armstrong High School in Richmond Public Schools and Peter Paul Development Center, invite you to join us for an evening with Dr. DeLeon Gray from N.C. State University as he shares his research related to promoting belonging and communal learning in Black and Latinx student populations and how it resonates in the Richmond community. Learn more and register »

Friday, March 18

School of Education Annual Research Colloquium

Keynote speaker: Dr. DeLeon Gray, associate professor of educational psychology and equity at N.C. State University
10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Science Museum of Virginia, Dewey Gottwald Center, 2301 West Leigh Street Learn more and register »

Thursday, March 31st - Friday, April 1

Virginia Humanities Conference at VCU 2022 (virtual)

The Virginia Humanities Conference at VCU, Plot Points: Data, Humanities and Transformation will address the transformational possibilities at the intersection of arts and humanities, texts and data, and the digital and computational sciences. When looking for equitable solutions to our most critical social issues, humanities and the arts interact with collective data to lead to more just choices. This virtual conference, featuring a keynote from transmedia artist Stephanie Dinkins of Stony Brook University, is free and open to all.

This event is co-sponsored by The Humanities Research Center and The University College at VCU. Learn more and register »

Monday, April 4

VCU REAL: Keeping it REAL Showcase

Students at a poster session9-11:30 a.m. and 2-3:30 p.m. Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA). 601 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220. Sponsored by VCU REAL and the REAL Council, the 2021 REAL Challenge Grant recipients, the Office of Provost, and the College of Engineering. The Keeping it REAL Showcase aspires to increase faculty and student awareness of experiential learning opportunities and models, to contribute to a culture of student and faculty collaboration and innovation, and to bring visibility to the challenges and benefits of experiential learning.

Morning session: 9-11:30 a.m. ICA Lobby and Auditorium. We will host a series of tributes, panels, and conversations dedicated to the mentor and mentee relationship, resilience and persistence in experiential learning activities, and what to expect when engaged in project-based courses and experiential learning.

Afternoon session: 2-3:30 p.m. ICA Lobby and Auditorium. Ignite Presentations - Hear First-hand experiences about VCU’s experiential learning opportunities and the REAL Challenge Grant initiative. For more information, contact

Tuesday, April 12

16th Annual Women’s Health Research Day

1-4:30 p.m. Larrick Student Center, on the MCV campus. Women’s Health Research Day is a celebration and promotion of research activities in Women's Health at VCU. The annual program presented by the Institute for Women’s Health, now in its 16th year, includes a plenary symposium, poster awards and reception highlighting women’s health research by VCU faculty and students.

All VCU faculty, residents, students, staff, and community members interested in women’s health research are encouraged to attend. Authors with original research are invited to submit poster abstracts in any research area that focuses on women’s health or sex/gender differences. Awards will be given for best posters in Basic Science, Clinical and Translational Research, and Community and Public Health Research. The best overall poster by a junior investigator will be selected to win the Elizabeth Fries Young Investigator Award. In addition, a Building Interdisciplinary Bridges in Women’s Health Research award will be given to the poster that best demonstrates interdisciplinary collaboration in women’s health research.

This year's plenary session is titled: Gender-Based Violence: Campus, Community, and Beyond. The session is co-chaired by Dr. Kellie Carlyle and Dr. Abigail Conley and will feature talks by Dr. Terri Sullivan and Dr. Fidelma Rigby. For more information, visit the Women's Health Research Day website.

Tuesday, April 19

25th Annual Graduate Research Symposium and Exhibit

10 a.m.- 1 p.m. VCU University Student Commons, Commonwealth Ballroom. Each spring, the Graduate Student Association sponsors a research symposium to present graduate research work to the university and Richmond community.

The 25th Annual Graduate Research Symposium will be held on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 in the University Student Commons, Commonwealth Ballrooms. The research symposium is a poster presentation and all students will be required to have a research poster to present. To present, you must be a current graduate student at VCU although attendance at the event is open to the public.

The event is an excellent opportunity for graduate students from all disciplines to present their original research and creative projects to faculty, staff, students, and community members. Participation in this event has nearly doubled every year and attracts not only VCU students and faculty, but local media, legislators, and respected members of the Richmond business community. Learn more and register »

Critical Language Scholarship Information Session

12:30-1:30 p.m. NSO Conference Room (701 W. Grace St, Room 1210) AND online. The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) aims to increase the number of Americans studying critical languages and provides full funding for undergraduate and graduate students to study in foreign countries during the summer. Students from all majors, disciplines and backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Learn more and register to attend or for the recording here.

NSO and IIE-sponsored Fulbright Information Session

2-3pm. Virtual. The National Scholarship Office and the Institute of International Education (IIE) are presenting an information session about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which sends over 2,000 recent graduates and graduate students abroad each year to pursue independent research or creative projects, postgraduate study, or teaching English. These are fully funded opportunities in over 140 countries across the globe. Learn more and register »

Wednesday, April 20

Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity

Students at a poster sessionSession 1: 10:30 am -12 p.m. Session 2: 1-2:30 p.m. 907 Floyd Ave. MPC Student Commons/Commonwealth Ballroom/James River Terrace. Organized by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) and part of VCU Student Research Weeks, the annual Undergraduate Poster Symposium is an opportunity for students to present their research endeavors to their academic peers, members of the VCU faculty, community members, and friends and family. Projects include research and scholarly work from a wide variety of academic disciplines. For more information, visit our website or contact

Goldwater Scholarship Information Session

12-1 p.m. NSO Conference Room (701 W. Grace St, Room 1210) AND online. Take a break from the Poster Symposium to learn about the Goldwater Scholarship with the National Scholarship Office! This award aims to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in these STEM fields. For this scholarship, eligible sophomores and juniors are expected to write a research proposal in the discipline of their choice. Four nominees from each participating university are then chosen to compete nationally for a chance to become a Goldwater Scholar. This scholarship pays up to $7,500 to use towards tuition and educational fees. Click here for more information and to register to attend or for the recording.

Thursday, April 21

School of Dentistry Research Day

Virtual. The SOD Research Day provides students with the opportunity to share their research with colleagues in the School of Dentistry and to exhibit how our student community is helping progress developments in oral and systemic health. Post docs, PhD, MS, DDS, DH and dental residents will present their latest research. Topics include, cancer, infection and immunology, bioengineering, new materials and new clinical methodologies and patient based research. All sessions are virtual. For more information please contact Dr. Oonagh Loughran at

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Workshop

2-4:30 p.m. Virtual. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) provides up to three years of funding to early-career graduate students in NSF-eligible STEM disciplines. Juniors, seniors, and first-year graduate students are encouraged to attend this workshop, which will introduce the GRFP and its application, as well as provide participants with an interactive session on how to approach the application’s personal statement and advice from VCU faculty who have served as national reviewers for this award. Please email Dr. Meredith Sisson at with questions, and you can find more information and register here.

Wednesday, April 27

Research Weeks Graduate School Workshop: Undergraduate Research: Your Ticket to Graduate School

4-5 p.m. Hybrid (virtual and In-person) MCALC Academic Learning Commons, Room 1107. Are you a VCU undergraduate researcher who is considering applying to graduate school? Join our workshop to learn how to translate your undergraduate research experience into admission to competitive graduate programs in your field. Register for the event »

Friday, April 29

School of Engineering Senior Design Expo

9 a.m. - 3 p.m. VCU Siegel Center. The Senior Design Expo allows undergraduate engineering students to share capstone senior projects with the greater Richmond community and to increase the awareness of the engineering profession among middle and high school students. The annual event offers senior design teams the opportunity to display and demonstrate their prototypes, which are the culmination of eight months of effort. The Senior Design Expo, which has become a signature event for the School of Engineering and VCU. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the College of Engineering website.