Being there: A weeklong trip along the Civil Rights Trail helps VCU students connect history with the present
June 27, 2019
For student Jordan Moye, visiting the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama — where civil rights marchers calling for voting rights legislation were attacked by law enforcement officers in 1965 in what came known as “Bloody Sunday” — was a powerful experience.
New VCU class takes students on media and culture study of Vietnam
June 20, 2019
Over 10 days, students visited historically and culturally relevant sites and international tourism destinations in Central Vietnam.
VCU public relations students win awards for innovation, community impact
June 4, 2019
Two teams of public relations students from the Robertson School of Media and Culture won awards at the 2019 Virginia PR Awards, hosted by the Public Relations Society of America Richmond Chapter.
Student’s rise as a researcher takes her from law school in Brazil to an NIH lab
May 16, 2019
Sarah Izabel discovered Virginia Commonwealth University one frigid day when she just wanted to come in from the cold. Bundled up and shivering, she and a friend were walking near VCU in the winter of 2010 when they stumbled upon the University Student Commons and stepped inside to warm up. Izabel and her friend were both from Brazil, and were in the United States to improve their English and explore opportunities in the country. Unfamiliar with the area, they had never heard of VCU and didn’t understand what it was, but Izabel found herself immediately drawn to it.
Students share stories of life-changing experiences made possible by Baldacci gift
May 1, 2019
Bestselling novelist and VCU alumnus David Baldacci met with students who have received awards through an experiential learning fund and a political science scholarship he created with his wife, Michelle. (Photo by Kevin Morley, University Relations)
Class of 2019: Entrepreneur and biology graduate driven by a personal mission
April 30, 2019
Being diagnosed with alopecia areata at age 16 inspired in La'Tila Abbott a passion for health sciences that eventually led her to VCU. Abbott will graduate in May with a biology degree.
Chemistry and Forensic Science student receives prestigious NSF graduate fellowship
April 16, 2019
Caitlin Cain, a senior majoring in chemistry and forensic science, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, which recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees.
Humanities and Sciences students shine during Research Weeks
April 12, 2019
As part of Research Weeks (April 5-26), VCU News is highlighting the work of undergraduates whose work was made possible by VCU’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, Department of Biology, Division for Community Engagement and guidance from faculty members.
How VCU students’ pocket change is helping low-income families in a rural Virginia community
Nov. 11, 2019
In five semesters, Rebecca Durfee’s students have contributed more than $1,000 in cash and other donations.
Class of 2019: Cheyenne Nicholson’s winding path to graduation
Dec. 10, 2019
10 years after starting her undergraduate studies, Nicholson’s journey to a bachelor’s degree is a personal achievement — and a point of pride.
Latinx Heritage Month feature: Q&A with student Gloria Morales
Sept. 25, 2020
Between the stress of midterms, the election and social justice movements, VCU students are finding joy in celebrating Latinx culture during Latinx Heritage Month.
In New Hampshire, VCU students get behind-the-curtain look at presidential primary politics
Jan. 22, 2020
A class of VCU political science students spent 10 days embedded in the New Hampshire primary, and met Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Andrew Yang and others.
VCU journalism students overcame the challenges of a campus shutdown to produce mini documentaries
June 12, 2020
The first two — one on the slave trade in Richmond and the other on food access — will debut at 7 tonight on VPM PBS Plus.
Student turns EMT experience into research opportunity
Nov. 25, 2019
“The research process as an undergraduate has had an instrumental impact on my personal development,” Tarek Haggy said. “It’s taught me things that no class could and provided early exposure to the professional world.”
Latinx Heritage Month feature: Learning about the election with VCU student Adriana Pacheco
Oct. 15, 2020
As Latinx Heritage Month comes to an end, we want to close with a student feature highlighting VCU student Adriana Pacheco’s experience collaborating on the College of Humanities and Sciences' nonpartisan election resource website.
A VCU professor and student are visiting Pacific islands, exploring how they are adapting to the threat of climate change
March 3, 2020
“People are not planning for out-migration,” said Andrea Simonelli, an assistant professor of political science. “They are focused on preserving their way of life for as long as they can.”
‘I never imagined to be where I am today’: VCU student selected for prestigious NIH scholarship
July 31, 2020
VCU student Syeda Fatima immigrated to the U.S. four years ago. She’s now a recipient of the highly competitive NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program.
Class of 2020: Georgia Geen helped VCU’s student newspaper become one of the country’s best
April 21, 2020
Geen, executive editor at The Commonwealth Times and a VCU journalism student, is set to start an internship this summer at the Los Angeles Times.
VCU students gain broadcast experience through a radio show they created
May 5, 2020
"The idea was to present a completely transparent screen to the listener," said Ben Fluet, the show's co-creator.
Three VCU students named Critical Language Scholars
April 16, 2020
Three Virginia Commonwealth University students have been selected for the 2020 Critical Language Scholarship, a highly competitive scholarship funded by the U.S. Department of State for the study of 15 languages deemed critical to the United States’ diplomatic and security interests.
Students’ plan for at-home COVID-19 testing kit recognized by Clinton Foundation
Sept. 1, 2020
A team of VCU undergraduates was one of 38 recognized out of 1,400 entries in the COVID-19 Student Action Fund.
Workshop provides fast-paced, professional lessons in strategic advertising
Nov. 15, 2019
The team tasked with reimagining the SlimFast brand impressed the judges. "They built a story through research,” said Alice Eldridge, research director at Good Run Research & Recreation.
For VCU’s Capital News Service, student journalists cover massive gun rights rally
Jan. 23, 2020
Conor Lobb, Chip Lauterbach and Jeffrey Knight volunteered to cover the massive rally on Monday that brought 22,000 gun rights advocates to the State Capitol in Richmond.
VCU student Desiree Longmire is examining why so few physician assistants focus on gerontology
April 24, 2020
Desiree Longmire’s conversations with her grandparents about their health influenced her decision to become a physician assistant and led to a research project to determine how many physician assistant programs in the U.S. offer a gerontology curriculum.
A VCU student’s project revealed an ancient Egyptian mummy’s face. It’s now on display at a museum.
Feb. 25, 2020
The mummy, Nesiur, was “digitally unwrapped” using CT scans. VCU student Mason Smith, along with a VCU forensic anthropologist, used the data to generate a facial approximation.
Student selected for Fulbright UK Summer Institutes
July 30, 2020
The highly competitive award, funded by the US-UK Fulbright Commission, enables outstanding U.S. students to participate in three- or four-week programs at prestigious universities throughout the United Kingdom.
The stories behind the masks
Oct. 16, 2020
What motivates VCU students to put on their masks every day?
Class of 2020: A near fatal accident didn't divert Skyler Lewis from her pursuit of an education
May 1, 2020
Lewis, who broke her back and neck in five places in a car crash in 2017, will accomplish a long-held goal this month of graduating from VCU in four years.
VCU public relations students win community award for their work with local foundation
May 20, 2020
The Community Impact Award is part of the student awards category of the Virginia Public Relations Awards, hosted by the Richmond Chapter.
They send medical supplies to those in need worldwide. Now this VCU group is focusing locally.
April 16, 2020
Every Friday for the past four years, Virginia Commonwealth University students volunteering with the student organization United2Heal have been sorting through surplus medical supplies collected from local hospitals and clinics.
LatinX Heritage Month feature: Q&A with VCU senior Keyla Marquez Carpinteyro
Sept. 16, 2020
We are very excited to be celebrating Latinx Heritage Month at VCU, which pays tribute to the critical roles Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Spanish-speaking nations surrounding the Caribbean have made to both the United States and the university as a whole.
Virtual advertising ‘summer camp’ offers hands-on experiences and professional connections
June 25, 2020
With summer internship opportunities a casualty of the coronavirus economic downturn, VCU advertising students created their own program for a global group of peers.
'A way to stay connected to VCU': Amid pandemic, The Commonwealth Times continues to publish
March 19, 2020
The COVID-19 outbreak has forced the student newspaper to stop printing, but staff continue to publish stories online.
Taking a big data approach, these VCU students are getting published by hundreds of news outlets
Dec. 9, 2019
Students in a data journalism class are producing stories being picked up by The Washington Post, The Associated Press and other publications across the country.
VCU students provide Spanish translation of children’s book for citywide school reading program
April 8, 2020
When the organizers behind One Richmond One Book, a citywide elementary school reading program, were deciding to give Richmond Public Schools students “The Toothpaste Millionaire” by author Jean Merrill as its common book this spring, program coordinator TaLees Owens realized there was a problem: There wasn’t a Spanish translation for the material.
Three VCU students win National Security Education Program’s Boren Scholarship
May 11, 2020
Kelly Nguyen, a junior majoring in political science in the College of Humanities and Sciences and in international studies within the School of World Studies, is one of the recipients.
RVA My Way: Nikki Wilkins
Aug. 1, 2019
How a nature newbie went from having zero outdoor experience to being a river-loving whitewater rafting guide. [Video feature]
Class of 2019: James Grubb is driven by a passion for political science and serving fellow veterans
Dec. 5, 2019
James Grubb found a community of friends and fellow veterans at VCU. Together they launched the Student Veterans Association.
Class of 2019: Amir Khozaei pursues the American dream with his VCU degree
Dec. 6, 2019
Amir Khozaei always wanted to attend VCU. He never really considered other schools. “I didn’t even take a college tour,” he said. “I knew this would be the place I wanted to be.”
At the U.S.-Mexico border, a sobering, eye-opening look at immigration
March 31, 2020
A VCU community service visit to Arizona earlier this semester offered students a chance to move beyond theory and better understand the reality of immigration in the United States.
VCU Votes: On social media, students encourage voter participation on campus and beyond
Sept. 18, 2020
“The main idea is to convince our peers of their own importance in every election if they want to see the change that they talk about all year round.”
Amid pandemic and protests, a VCU class on lobbying explores ‘how power gets used and brokered’
Aug. 11, 2020
“When you protest, you have a series of demands. When you write your rep … it’s a chance to give them resources and to lobby your point.”
Class of 2019: Zulhumar Adil found the challenges she craved at VCU
Dec. 6, 2019
Zulhumar Adil, who emigrated from Urumqi, China, is eyeing a health care career after graduating from VCU this month.
VCU biology major’s passion for medicine, science and research leads to prestigious NIH scholarship
July 21, 2020
Anirban Mahanty is the third VCU undergraduate in four years to receive the highly competitive NIH Undergraduate Scholarship.