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Are you interested in working with other students across different disciplines? Are you fascinated by creating solutions to complex problems? Have you always wanted to start a business or nonprofit? Attend an informational session via Zoom to learn about available undergraduate certificates at VCU's da Vinci Center. Find out precisely what a certificate is and learn about the center's programs in product innovation, venture creation and human-centered design and how they fit into your academic plans. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Lloyd Young at or visit

Drop by the UCS Prize Wheel in the lobby of the University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave., to meet counseling staff and peer health educators. Learn about suicide prevention, how to support a friend in distress and get information about helpful resources within UCS and across campus. Prizes and giveaways for all participants. For more information, contact Caroline Coffill at or (804) 828-6200 or visit

VCU's National Scholarship Office will offer a workshop via Zoom for those applying to the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program. The workshop will cover the personal statement, offering insight into what reviewers are seeking and strategies for writing the essay. Questions: Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Meredith Sisson at or visit

VCU's Humanities Research Center will present a Zoom webinar featuring Ryan K. Smith, Ph.D., author of "Death and Rebirth in a Southern City." Smith offers the first comparative study of Richmond's cemeteries, ranging from the city's founding to the present with a focus on the various efforts made toward their preservation. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Tyler Conrad at or visit

Sponsored by Chi Alpha Campus Ministries, Alpha is a place to connect with other people who are open to exploring life, faith and meaning on Mondays at 7 p.m. at 822 W. Franklin St. Each session includes a time to connect with others (often over a free meal), hear a short talk on an element of the Christian faith and an opportunity for each person to share questions with the group. RSVP at the following email address. For more information, contact Mike Godzwa at

This week

VCU's L. Douglas Wilder School School of Government and Public Affairs Office of Student Success will host the Virginia Capitol Semester Internship Program Lobby Chat. The session will be held in person in the lobby of the Raleigh Building, 1001 W. Franklin St. Students of all majors are encouraged to stop by for a snack and to learn about the program. Wilder School representatives will be available on the hour. For more information, contact Ashley Harrison at or visit

VCU's National Scholarship Office will host an informational session about the Truman Scholarship, an award geared toward juniors planning to pursue careers in public service. The scholarship provides leadership development, an internship opportunity in Washington D.C. and up to $30,000 for graduate studies. The session will be held online via Zoom and at 701 W. Grace St., Room 1210. Questions: Email or visit Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Jeff Wing at or visit

Meet other first-generation college students and learn about the events and opportunities You First at VCU has for this semester. You First Presents is a speaker series where first-gen faculty, staff and students discuss important topics. This year's theme is college's hidden curriculum. This Weeks of Welcome event will be in-person in Rooms B and D, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave., with an option to attend virtually. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Elizabeth Bambacus at or (804) 827-3927 or visit

VCU's Students Today Alumni Tomorrow will host Ramadition Tuesday at the University Student Commons Plaza, 907 Floyd Ave. Download the Traditions app at the following URL to win prizes. Visit the STAT Table at the Plaza today to share your pictures. For more information, contact Sarah Ramkey at or visit

The Master of Product Innovation at VCU is designed for creative thinkers and doers from a wide range of undergraduate backgrounds who want to ideate and launch innovative products, projects and initiatives in the world’s most leading edge companies. Join the da Vinci's informational session for an overview of the program and a Q&A. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Lloyd Young at or visit

VCU's Focused Inquiry Learning Lounge will host a virtual workshop on speaking in public with confidence. Learn best practices for planning and rehearsing your presentation, as well as strategies for managing nerves. Register for the Zoom link at For more information, contact Hannah Franz at or visit

Mock Trial at VCU will have its first practice in Virginia Room B, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. For more information, contact Emily Downs at or visit

VCU's dean of students and Career Services will host a Weeks of Welcome open house at the Hunton Student Center, 1110 E. Broad St. Learn about MCV Campus programming, student organizations and campus partners and resources. Meet the assistant dean of students, tour the Suit Yourself Closet and win prizes. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Candyce Brown at or (804) 828-0525 or visit

As you take care of a loved one, the last thing you want to worry about is money. Still, it is important to be in control of your finances. Join VirginiaNavigator and the VCU Health and Wellness library via Zoom as Bonnie Scimone (VirginiaNavigator’s lead community specialist and marketing assistant) and a representative from Truist Bank share budgeting tips and resources. Questions: Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Jackson Wright at or (804) 828-2432 or visit

The Money Spot and VCU Career Services will help to learn about finding a job with the right benefits for you. Explore the job search based on what you need and want with a focus on using Handshake. Also learn how to compare benefits to support your goals and circumstances, particularly financial. Register for the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact Carley Toney at or visit

Join VCU Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Engineering for a virtual informational session to learn about the graduate program curriculum, research, the admissions process and the university. Meet faculty and current graduate students. After your registration is received, a Zoom link and agenda will be sent to your email address. Register at For more information, contact Laura Georgiadis at or visit

A résumé highlights the accomplishments of an individual, but doesn't tell the whole story. Join VCU's Campus Learning Center in Room 250, James Branch Cabell Library, 901 Park Ave., to hear from VCU alums Tony Cornelius (clinical research associate at Abbott) and De'Jah Lee (nuclear engineer for U.S. Department of Energy). Register for the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact Brian Cone at or visit

Are you interested in (medical or dental) shadowing or volunteering opportunities abroad as well as in Richmond Communities? Volunteers Around the World Global Health Alliances is recruiting new interns for Summer 2022 medical and dental outreach trips. Fill out the form at the following URL for updates and volunteer opportunities. For more information, contact Parisa Zalmai at or (702) 801-6245 or visit

Black Excellence at VCU will hold its first general body meeting of the year in the SGA Chambers, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. The student organization focuses on inspiring, celebrating and empowering minority youth at VCU through scholarship and service. For more information, contact Sierra Harris at or visit

Jeremy L. Freifeld of Hutchison Law will discuss topics related to getting a startup off the ground in Series 2 of Bench to Community. The virtual series will focus on topics to help participants transition ideas and innovations into an early-stage company. The event will be hosted by the VCU Institute for Engineering and Medicine, the C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research and VCU Office of the Vice President of Research and Administration. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Laura Osborne at or (804) 828-0349 or visit

Students Today Alumni Tomorrow will celebrate VCU’s 53rd birthday at the University Student Commons plaza. Stop by The Compass for cake pops and games. For more information, contact Sarah Ramkey at or visit

Join the ICA Shop for a conversation on climate justice moderated by urban farmer and educator Duron Chavis, with panelists Jeremy Hoffman, Ph.D., climate and earth science specialist; Sheri Shannon, co-founder of Southside Releaf; and Gustavo Angeles, Environmental Justice Program Coordinator of The Sierra Club. This event is co-sponsored by VCU’s Common Book Department. VCU's Institute for Contemporary Art at the Markel Center is located at 601 W. Broad St. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Stephanie Stanton at or visit

Coming up

The Honors College Berglund Seminar Series will host D'Arcy Mays, Ph.D., who will discuss an authorship question related to one of the Books of Oz and how statistical methodology can be used to determine the likely author. Mays is an associate professor in VCU's Department of Statistical Sciences and Operations Research. Contact the following email address for the Zoom link. For more information, contact Jared Johnson at

VCU's Department of History will present the annual Society of the Cincinnati Lecture via Zoom. Professor Mary Beth Norton of Cornell University will examine the 16 months leading up to the clashes at Lexington and Concord in mid-April 1775. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Andrea Wight at or visit

Interested in information technology? Are you an information systems major? The association will hold its first general body meeting in Room B2165, Snead Hall, School of Business, 301 W. Main St. For more information, contact Jeremy Knight at or visit

How has the last year and a half changed you? Do you wonder how that differs for others? Come engage with students, faculty and staff in the fall RAMmalogues session about you and the pandemic sponsored by VCU's Office of Institutional Equity, Effectiveness and Success. RAMmalogues is a space for intercultural, multigenerational and community-wide dialogues around who we are and what matters to us. All students, staff and faculty are invited, but registration is limited to 25. Questions: Register for the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact Jan Altman, Ph.D. at or visit

VCU's Massey Cancer Center and the VCU Health and Wellness Library will sponsor an overview on breast cancer and best practices for preventing it. Mary Helen Hackney, M.D., oncologist and hematologist at Massey Cancer Center, will lead the online session, which is free and open to all. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Jackson Wright at or visit

The VCUarts Faculty Lecture Series launched in fall 2020 as an opportunity for faculty to share their research and creative works with the wider community. This lecture, at VCU's Institute for Contemporary Art at the Markel Center, 601 W. Broad St., will explore the complicated, years-long process of gaining mastery in the highly structured medium of jazz and explore ways in which jazz improvisation can lend to a broader understanding of learning, achieving mastery, and becoming an innovator. For more information, contact Kelly Kurr at

Join VCU School of Medicine for its Annual Faculty Excellence Awards Program at noon on Oct. 6. This event will honor outstanding faculty in the areas of teaching, humanism in medicine, professional achievement of women in medicine, clinical excellence and leadership in graduate medical education. This event will be held in-person (location TBA) and via livestream. For more information, contact Deborah Stewart at or (804) 828-6591.


Application for Business Student Ambassadors Is Live

Business Student Ambassadors serve VCU's School of Business alumni and prospective students and volunteer at various school events. The group's application is now available and recruitment events are in full swing. Follow the group's Instagram @bsa_vcu for details of each event. Applicants are accepted only in the fall. Register at the following URL by 5 p.m. Sept. 29. For more information, contact Asia Parker at or visit

VCU Common Book Contest: Imagining Climate Futures

VCU's Common Book Program seeks student submissions for its fiction and creativity contest. This year's theme is imagining climate futures. Participants are invited to create an imaginative response to the theme of climate change and to respond creatively in whatever form speaks to them. Monetary prizes will be awarded in a variety of genres. Apply by Sept. 17 at the following URL. For more information, contact Elizabeth Fagan at or visit

Alternative Breaks Seeks Site Leaders

Alternative Breaks is looking for site leaders who are passionate about service-learning and eager to plan and lead service trips for Spring Break 2022. If you're seeking to serve your community and encourage those around you to do the same, apply at the following URL. For more information, contact Nico Orsini, faculty advisor, at or (804) 828-3475 or visit

Participate in a Survey Study on Behavior Change Counseling

Are you a health-care clinician or student who practices or trains in Virginia? If so, then you are likely eligible to participate in a survey study conducted by faculty at VCU. We are interested in how health-care professionals have learned behavioral health counseling, specifically motivational interviewing. Those who complete the 20-minute survey will be entered into a bimonthly gift-card drawing. Click on the following link to participate. For more information, contact Rashelle Hayes, Ph.D., at or (804) 628-6752 or visit For more information, contact Rashelle Hayes, Ph.D., at or (804) 827-3695 or visit

Do You Smoke Tobacco Cigarettes?

Individuals who smoke tobacco cigarettes daily are needed to participate in research studies. Compensation will be provided. View the screening survey at the following URL. This study will be conducted at VCU. Principal Investigator is Alison Breland, Ph.D., Department of Psychology. For more information, contact Alison Breland at or (804) 827-3562 or visit

Research Study on Force Control and Perception in Young Children

Researchers in VCU's Occupational Therapy Department are conducting a study to learn about how children sense and feel their environment. Children between the ages of 6 to 72 months (including children who were born full term and also children who were born preterm) are invited to participate. Enrolled children will participate in a play-based assessment (including coloring and sticker activities, and play activities to assess overall development). Compensation will be provided. For more information, contact Virginia Chu, Ph.D., OTR/L, VCU Sensorimotor Performance and Rehabilitation Engineering Lab, Department of Occupational Therapy, at ( or (804) 828-1564.

Black College Students' Mental Health and Cultural Experiences Study

Are you above 18, Black/African American identifying and a current VCU student? Consider participating in our study exploring mental health literacy, behaviors and outcomes among Black college students via an online 20-minute survey. SONA credit is available. Non-SONA participants have the option to enter a drawing for one of four $25 egift cards. Principal investigator is Chelsea Williams, Ph.D., Department of Psychology. For more information, contact Chloe Walker at

Patients With Painful Diabetic Neuropathy Are Invited To Participate in a Study of a Potential New Treatment

We are inviting male and female Type 2 diabetes patients with painful diabetic neuropathy ages 18-75 to participate in a research investigation of a new treatment to alleviate pain and examine its effects on pain perception. In addition to the new treatment, this study involves completing surveys and undergoing tests to evaluate perceptions of pain. Volunteers will be compensated for their time. Participants are only required to come once for the study. The study is conducted within the VCU Neuromuscular Rehabilitation Engineering Lab. Questions: Email Bhushan Thakkar at the following email address or Edmund Acevedo, Ph.D., FACSM, at For more information, contact Bhushan Thakkar at or (804) 300-5578.

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