Keynote speaker Elizabeth Dougherty, eastern regional outreach director for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, said those who invent “have the power to change the world.” (Clement Britt)

Representing medical advances and transdisciplinary research, 22 VCU researchers are inducted into National Academy of Inventors

May 1, 2023

“The unstoppable knowledge creation and the transformative innovation being carried out here is felt locally, nationally and globally,” said P. Srirama Rao, Ph.D., vice president for research and innovation.

Damian Pitt, Ph.D., seeks to incorporate equity into energy planning frameworks to address existing resource disparities in underserved communities. (David Slipher, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs)

Blending equity and sustainability, Damian Pitt shapes the future of energy policy

May 1, 2023

Wilder School professor and a leader in VCU’s Institute for Sustainable Energy and Environment connects students to the challenges of powering the future.

Tara Ram Mohan majored in computer science, operations research, and mathematical sciences at VCU. (Tom Kojcsich, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

Class of 2023: From the Fed to SpaceX, Tara Ram Mohan seeks ways of making an impact

April 28, 2023

Ram Mohan served four internships while at VCU, including one on the Starlink project that led to a full-time job after graduation.

Costa Samaras, Ph.D., principal assistant director for energy and chief adviser for energy policy in the White House Office of Science and Technology, gave a keynote address. (Photo by Kevin Morley, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

Symposium explores the ‘everything problem’ of climate change – and the path to combat it

April 27, 2023

The transition to a clean energy economy requires interdisciplinary solutions, as reflected in the VCU institute that is hosting this week’s event.

‘Learn, discover, and innovate’: VCU celebrates the opening of its new STEM building

April 26, 2023

VCU held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its 168,000-square-foot building dedicated to STEM with space for more than 10,000 students who will take up to 70 courses each semester.

Fraser Trotter works part-time at Velocity Comics on Broad Street and as a tutor in VCU’s Department of Philosophy. (Photo by Tom Kojcsich, Enterprise Marketing and Communications.)

Class of 2023: Fraser Trotter went back to college after dropping out years earlier. At VCU, he earned straight A’s and is headed to a top law school.

April 25, 2023

Trotter, a philosophy major, thought he’d missed his chance at a college degree but found success at Virginia Commonwealth University.

As part of her research project under mentor Chelsea Williams, Ph.D. (right), Vanessa Olazabal (left) honed her presentation skills and traveled to Salt Lake City to present her findings at a conference. (Allen Jones, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

VCU summer program gave psychology major Vanessa Olazabal a GREAT research subject: fellow Rams

April 24, 2023

She explored links among Latine students’ ethnic-racial identity, relationships, the pandemic and how alcohol use and anxiety were affected.

Sierra Tutwiler is a recipient of an NSF fellowship that will help support her pursuit of a Ph.D. at VCU. (Tom Kojcsich, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

Class of 2023: Sierra Tutwiler puts her energy into energy

April 24, 2023

First-generation college grad, a double major in physics and mechanical engineering, directs her passion for science and research into power.

Andy Shar, left, and Daeha Joung, Ph.D., center, inspect the flexible 3D printing ink Andy has developed that conducts electricity, which will allow researchers in their lab and other scientists to make wearable devices and eSkin technologies that empower patients to better monitor and take charge of their health. (Allen Jones, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

Biology major Andy Shar discovers 3D printable ink that ‘everyone was looking for,’ physics professor says

April 20, 2023

Daeha Joung, Ph.D., supports his sophomore research mentee’s independence and success, which now includes published research.

Saniya Phillips founded the student group, Leadership for Women of Color, among many other efforts during her undergraduate experience at VCU. (Contributed photo)

Class of 2023: Saniyah Phillips finds her stage beyond the theater

April 20, 2023

Activism and community are central for political science major, who next will pursue a Master of Public Administration degree at VCU.