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Raven Witherspoon is VCU's first Schwarzman scholar. (Courtesy of College of Humanities and Sciences)

VCU senior awarded prestigious Schwarzman Scholars fellowship

Dec. 7, 2020

Raven Witherspoon is the first VCU student to be named a Schwarzman scholar, and will travel to China to complete a master's degree in global affairs next summer.

The pandemic has upended the job search process, leading many VCU students and recent graduates to think creatively about how to land the right job out of school.

Job hunting during a pandemic? It’s not easy, but recent and soon-to-be grads share how they found success.

Dec. 4, 2020

Though COVID-19 has upended job hunting, some tried-and-true methods (networking, being flexible and being persistent) still work.

Caitlin Cain was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in 2019. (Brian McNeill, University Public Affairs)

Promoting diversity in the field of chemistry

Dec. 2, 2020

In 2019, 67 women graduated from VCU with bachelor’s degrees in chemistry, fifth-most in the nation.

A new book co-edited by a VCU professor aims to help teachers better handle difficult moments as they teach about social justice and diversity. (Getty Images)

Teaching about social justice can lead to tense moments. A new book helps educators navigate them.

Nov. 24, 2020

The book, co-edited by a VCU professor, aims to help teachers better handle challenging topics. “We are going to make mistakes” in being effective allies, Kim Case said. “But we must take the leap.”

Delaney Savedge on campus in late November. The Honors College and College of Humanities and Sciences student has been working in contact tracing for the Virginia Department of Health since June. (Kevin Morley, University Marketing)

Class of 2020: Delaney Savedge helps keep the public safe during the pandemic

Nov. 23, 2020

The VCU student-athlete’s involvement at the Virginia Department of Health and on a study-abroad trip to Jamaica provided “an eye-opening experience to public health,” and a possible future career.

Psychology student Sofia Chilquillo is helping disadvantaged communities in Peru by interning at an organization that builds libraries and computer labs in the country. (Tom Kojcsich, University Marketing)

Class of 2020: Sofia Chilquillo gives back to her native Peru

Nov. 20, 2020

The VCU psychology major is interning with Pan Peru USA and helping Peruvian women sell their alpaca products to U.S. markets.

Make It Real Campaign for VCU raised $841,606,604, more than 112% of its $750 million goal. (VCU Alumni)

Make It Real Campaign for VCU raises $841.6 million

Nov. 19, 2020

Virginia Commonwealth University’s Make It Real Campaign for VCU raised $841,606,604, more than 112% of its $750 million goal, the university announced Thursday.

After transferring to VCU from Northern Virginia Community College in 2019, Melody Guitz helped create a campus organization to help other transfer students at the university. (Tania Guitz)

Class of 2020: Transfer student Melody Guitz gains her footing as a leader

Nov. 17, 2020

As her academic achievements pave the way to a career in psychology, Guitz also has helped create a community at VCU for other transfer students.

In “Death and Rebirth in a Southern City," VCU's Ryan Smith explores more than 300 years of burial grounds in Richmond. (Image from “Death and Rebirth in a Southern City")

‘Death and Rebirth’: VCU history professor’s new book reveals the history of Richmond’s cemeteries

Nov. 12, 2020

“Cemeteries participate in the rawest political drives… . They teach us about power and resistance as much as about spiritual beliefs.”

Terry Austin during a rehearsal of VCU's symphonic wind ensemble.  (Kevin Morley, University Marketing)

For faculty, a semester of challenge, creativity and resilience

Nov. 10, 2020

A fall term defined by COVID-19 has been anything but normal, as professors work to modify curriculum and meet the needs of students — and double check the WiFi connection.