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In 2023, students and alumni were named recipients for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the Critical Language Scholarship, the Goldwater Scholarship, the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, the Gilman Scholarship and the Public Policy and International Affairs Program Junior Summer Institute. (File photo)

Year-end review: A look at the VCU students and alums who earned prestigious domestic and international scholarships in 2023 through the National Scholarship Office

Nov. 29, 2023

The recipients represent the university’s academic excellence and stand out for their accomplishments and potential in highly competitive international and domestic applicant pools.

Amanda Harris, Ph.D., a teaching associate professor of chemistry, meets with students in the Science Hub as part of student hours in VCU’s new STEM building on Franklin Street. (Photo by Thomas Kojcsich, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

In ‘breaking’ traditional office hours, VCU is helping students succeed

Nov. 13, 2023

The new approach – “student hours” – in VCU’s Science Hub in the new STEM building is being embraced by students and faculty alike.

The project, “A Virtual Reality Brief Violence Intervention: Preventing gun violence among violently injured adults,” is supported by a new three-year $1.95 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Contributed photo).

A new VCU project seeks to reduce gun violence with the help of virtual reality

Nov. 10, 2023

The CDC-funded study will combine cutting-edge technology with evidence-based practices to reduce gun violence and unintentional firearm injuries.

Paloma Rodriguez, a social work major, hopes to focus her research on Latine and Black young adults and the factors that affect their mental health. (Thomas Kojcsich, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

How I found my research: Paloma Rodriguez seeks to study the toughest challenges that underrepresented communities face

Oct. 25, 2023

Rodriguez, a social work major, believes that “research is an always-evolving process. There will always be new questions and ways to help people.”

A new award, which will be given annually, honors VCU faculty members who were nationally or internationally recognized for exceptional accomplishments during the course of their current evaluation period. (Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

VCU announces first class of faculty scholars honored for ‘exceptional accomplishments’

Oct. 11, 2023

National/International Recognition Award will reward faculty members who personify the uncommon excellence that can be found across VCU.

A new initiative at VCU called the College-to-Career Blueprint program is working to make career-readiness a part of the conversations students and their professors are having as soon as they set foot on campus. (Getty Images)

Career readiness for students is the goal for VCU’s new College-to-Career Blueprint

Oct. 6, 2023

The program, launched this year in collaboration with nine departments in the College of Humanities and Sciences, will make career conversations, experiential learning and internships a more seamless part of students’ experience.

Yas Drawns (left) works with Darius Williams, a peer academic coach. Peer Academic Coaching, which is part of the Campus Learning Center, pairs students trained as academic coaches with freshmen for individual or ongoing sessions. (Tom Kojcsich, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

Peer Academic Coaching lets VCU freshmen learn from the wisdom of fellow students

Oct. 5, 2023

Campus Learning Center’s new program targets first-semester connections that promote academic and personal success.

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Shawn Utsey appointed acting chair of African American Studies

Sept. 29, 2023

Utsey is a professor with joint appointments in the Department of Psychology and the Department of African American Studies.

Faye Belgrave, Ph.D., who will serve as vice president and chief diversity officer, said she is committed to systemic change at VCU as reflected in the university’s strategic plan. (File photo)

Faye Belgrave, Ph.D., is named VCU vice president and chief diversity officer

Sept. 18, 2023

Renowned psychology professor and equity advocate, who joined VCU in 1997, is elevated to new role on Oct 23.

Gina Chan took a course this summer at the American College of Greece, which was founded in 1875 and is the oldest American-accredited college in Europe. (Contributed photo)

For VCU psychology major, studying abroad was time well-spent – and money well-saved

Sept. 12, 2023

To wrap up her three-year degree, Gina Chan studied in Greece with a Gilman Scholarship facilitated by VCU’s Global Education Office.