Honors Summer Undergraduate Research Program

The Honors College cultivates a community of students and faculty focused on collaborative research that goes beyond the typical undergraduate experience. To that end, the Honors Summer Undergraduate Research Program is an opportunity for you to work one-on-one with a faculty mentor and participate in professional development workshops throughout the summer, as well as engage in research projects for independent study.

The summer research program addresses a number of research concepts, including seminars and workshops that focus on:

  • Research and writing skills
  • Cultural and educational activities
  • Strategies for increasing success when applying to graduate school
  • Strategies for increasing success in participating in undergraduate research conferences and publishing research

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.

HSURP will be held in 2018. All participants are expected to be available for nine weeks and to attend all program-related activities, including weekly workshops, seminars and social events.

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 helps with the cost of meals and incidental expenses. The Honors Summer Undergraduate Research Program is made possible through the generous support of the Virginia Commonwealth University Office of the Provost.

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

Eligibility
  • 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
Requirements

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
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 whether 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.