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2021-2022 Annual Report

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From the Interim Dean

Meet Interim Dean Catherine Ingrassia, Ph.D., and learn more about our biggest accomplishments during the 2021-22 academic year.

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News Highlights

Read up on the construction of the STEM building, the creation of a yearlong faculty development program, a new Community Action Council and more.

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The Thrill of Discovery

Meet three students whose rich research experiences led them to big rewards.

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Faculty Profiles

Get to know Joann Richardson, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences, and Judy Twigg, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Political Science, two faculty members who share a deep commitment to VCU and the wellbeing of others.

Faculty Highlights

Our faculty members in the College of Humanities and Sciences are an amazing group of educators, academics and researchers. Here are just a few faculty news highlights from the year.

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Grant Highlights

When not in the classroom, our faculty can be found participating in ground-breaking research. Here is a sampling of some of the many grants funded during the 2021-22 fiscal year.

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Many Happy Returns

The College sought “A Year of Reconnection” for students after years of pandemic life.

Student Highlights

Our students make us proud! Meet a few here — competition winners, student-athletes, scholarship recipients and more.

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Student Q&A: Abigail Andrade

Abigail Andrade likes being busy. She is a triple major (yes, TRIPLE) who splits her time between the Departments of Biology, Spanish and Physics. When she’s not in class, Andrade can be found tutoring fellow students, assisting with lab research, volunteering with several campus health-focused orgs, like Collective Corazon and the Heroes Club, or responding to EMT calls.

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Paying It Forward

Through their scholarship, Iris Harrell and Ann Benson help first-generation students reach their educational goals.

Big Stories and Big Dreams: Derick Waller

Emmy-winning reporter and alum Derick Waller (B.A. '10/H&S) talks with us about journalism, VCU and life in New York.

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 A Celebration of Accomplishment

The College of Humanities and Sciences applauds the Class of 2022.