Stephanie Villanueva-Villar, the first member of her family to graduate from college, created her own nonprofit organization at age 17 called Your Girl for Good, which connects young women of color in the Washington area with successful female mentors in STEM, arts and political sectors. (Courtesy Stephanie Villanueva-Villar)

New graduate takes leadership roles advocating for women and social justice

May 23, 2022

Stephanie Villanueva-Villar said she will always advocate to ensure that girls and women of color have a seat at the table ‘no matter what career position or job title I may have in the future.’

Researchers have created a computational and experimental demonstration of a theory that's been explored by VCU Department of Physics researchers since the 1990s. This illustration shows the new superatom cluster that VCU, Columbia and Harvard researchers developed, produced in a lab and tested. (Courtesy of Arthur Reber)

From theory to practice: New stable, magnetic superatom could power innovations in nanomaterials

May 18, 2022

Developed by VCU, Columbia and Harvard researchers, the structure of this superatom could serve as a building block for the creation of new materials for semiconductors, microchips, cellphones and more.

Jamie Zaleta, a VCU Forensic Science graduate student, holds a bullet casing in the VCU Police Department's firing range in November 2021. (Photo: Corey Byers, University Public Affairs)

Forensic science graduate student collaborates with VCU Police sergeant on bullet casing research

May 12, 2022

Jamie Zaleta needed cartridge casings for her thesis project examining fingerprint development, which is the use of chemicals to find unseen (latent) fingerprints on different surfaces.

Students participate in a variety of field experiences as part of some classes. (Courtesy of Outdoor Adventure Program)

Outdoor Leadership Certificate program celebrates its first graduate

May 11, 2022

Skills gained in the program can be applied to a variety of outdoor-focused careers.

In the run-up to spring commencement, Charlotte Moss has been reflecting on her time at VCU and the enduring influence it had on her. (Allen Jones, University Marketing)

A new speech for a new era: Charlotte Moss will deliver VCU’s commencement keynote two years later than expected

May 10, 2022

Moss, a VCU alum and influential interior designer and author, was prepared to speak to the Class of 2020 before COVID canceled commencement. Her new speech is more personal – a reflection of what has transpired in the years since.

Samia Saleem, a psychology major, will be the student speaker on Saturday at VCU's spring commencement. (Photo by Kevin Morley, University Marketing.)

Class of 2022: Samia Saleem selected as VCU’s student speaker for commencement

May 9, 2022

Saleem plans to celebrate her classmates’ resilience and remind them that each new day is “an opportunity to try again.”

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Ingrassia appointed interim dean of the College of Humanities and Sciences

May 6, 2022

Catherine Ingrassia, Ph.D., will begin her tenure as interim dean on July 1.

Trevohn Robinson, a graduating senior majoring in chemistry and minoring in mathematics in the College of Humanities and Sciences, will enter the Ph.D. program in Analytical Chemistry at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, this fall. (Tom Kojcsich, University Marketing)

Class of 2022: Commuting hundreds of miles per week, Trevohn Robinson has the drive to succeed in chemistry

May 6, 2022

Graduating senior Robinson credits his mentors at VCU, his parents and his Honda Civic as he prepares for a doctoral degree and career as a chemist.

Students from Chris Gough and Stephen Fong's class show off the finished product of one of their projects with the Science Museum of Virginia, a spiral garden with sun-loving plants at the top and shade-loving plants at the bottom. Their design can be seen on the ProtoPath, a pedestrian path connecting Leigh Street to Terminal Place along the west side of the Science Museum. (Courtesy of Chris Gough)

Building a sustainable urban park – from the ground up

May 6, 2022

How a class of VCU students’ research – on soil to vegetation and everything in between – is laying the groundwork for the Science Museum of Virginia to develop the sustainable green space of the future

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Students surprised with special Zoom guest from the show ‘P-Valley’

May 5, 2022

Cherokee Hall shares her experiences with students who are taking a course that explores the Black female voice in television and blends pop culture with real-world issues and problems.