VCU Honors College

Research Opportunities

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Honors Summer Undergraduate Research Program details

Research projects

Research projects cover a broad range of disciplines and students may apply to a maximum of three projects. Please review all project titles and their descriptions before beginning the application.

Program dates

HSURP will be held from May 22 to July 21, 2017. All participants are expected to be available for nine weeks and to attend all program-related activities, including weekly workshops, seminars and social events.


  • Students must be in good standing with The Honors College
  • Current students who have at least one semester remaining at VCU may apply
  • Students cannot be under any disciplinary action with VCU


Upon receiving an offer from HSURP, students sign an agreement to fulfill the following requirements:

  • To devote full effort to conducting the HSURP project; students must disclose plans to take summer courses, hold a job, or any involvement in activities that may conflict with HSURP before accepting the offer
  • To update digital time sheets, detailing work done on a day-to-day basis
  • To regularly update a blog outlining your experience with your research and your progress in the program
  • To submit two written assignments, one halfway through and one at the completion of the program
  • To participate in weekly workshops, group meetings, social activities, etc.
  • To give an oral presentation about your work during the final week of the program
  • To participate in VCU’s annual poster symposium for undergraduate research and creativity, or another conference of your choosing

The interview

A vital part of the application process is the interaction between student and mentor. This is the best time to find out more information about the project, mentor expectations and your role as a researcher. During the interview, you should discuss what you would like to gain from the research experience including if the project is suitable for you to meet your presentation requirement (undergraduate research conferences sponsored by VCU, the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, the National Collegiate Honors Council, etc.), as well as any time commitments that will prohibit or limit your involvement in the project in any way.


A $2,000 stipend is provided to each student in three installments over the nine week program; a small portion of the stipend will be withheld until the presentation requirement is fulfilled. The stipend is to help with the cost of meals and incidental expenses.


On-campus housing is not guaranteed, so students should explore summer housing options before accepting an HSURP offer.

Social activities

A variety of activities may be offered through VCU Recreational Sports, the University Student Commons, or off-campus excursions to museums, parks, baseball games, etc.


The Honors Summer Undergraduate Research Program is possible through the generous support of the Virginia Commonwealth University Office of the Provost.