Research and Mentoring

The Honors College values undergraduate research as an important form of experiential learning and encourages faculty to offer opportunities to engage students in undergraduate research in the arts, humanities, social and natural sciences.

The Honors College is eager to welcome VCU’s top faculty members into the Honors community and to support and reward them for their efforts. The Honors College strives to provide professional development funding to those who offer Honors topics courses and who serve as faculty mentors. The Honors College also recognizes faculty who teach in Honors as Honors faculty fellows and periodically names several Honors award recipients.  

Honors faculty mentors who engage in research with our students report their experiences as especially rewarding. Through the Honors Summer Undergraduate Research Program, for example, faculty may be paired with an exceptional Honors student dedicated to assisting with the instructor’s research. Faculty mentors are frequently so impressed with the students’ work that they often continue working with these highly-motivated students long after the summer program has ended.

Honors Summer Undergraduate Research Program +

The Honors College seeks faculty, including post-docs, in all disciplines to serve as faculty mentors for the Honors Summer Undergraduate Research Program (HSURP). In addition to mentoring great students, faculty also receive a stipend to assist with the purchase of research supplies or professional development expenses. Research proposals are, generally, requested November through January for the following summer.  

(Coming soon: link to the faculty application)

Freshman Research Institute +

The Freshman Research Institute (FRI) is designed to introduce up to 20 incoming freshmen to undergraduate research at VCU. It is an excellent opportunity for faculty to share their research interests and information about career paths within their discipline, to describe what makes a great research assistant and to suggest how to get the most out of an undergraduate research experience. FRI occurs in August a few days before New Student Orientation. The Honors College seeks faculty proposals to engage students during the program.

(Coming soon: link to the FRI faculty application)

Other Research Opportunities +

Spring and fall semester research-project announcements are also welcomed throughout the academic year, but do not include a faculty stipend.

(Coming soon: link to the faculty application)