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Alumna Keyanna Conner Appointed to Gov. Northam’s Cabinet

In the span of a single month in 2013, Keyanna Conner went from being a research and teaching assistant in the Chemistry Department at VCU to working as Political Director of Mark Warner’s campaign for Virginia Senate. Today she has a Ph.D. in organic chemistry and serves on the Cabinet of Gov. Ralph Northam as […]

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Black History in the Making Awards 2018

On Wednesday, February 28, the Department of African American Studies hosted its annual Black History in the Making award ceremony, honoring 46 students from departments and programs across VCU. The Black History in the Making award was founded in 1983 by Dr. Daryl Dance, then the coordinator of the African American Studies program. The award […]

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Class notes February 2018

Updates 1960s Sam Forrest (B.S.’63/H&S) is an internationally published furniture designer, trans-Atlantic solo sailor and globe-trotter who has traveled 37 countries. He worked in China as a senior design consultant for Gold Mantis Construction and as a professor of debating and argumentative writing at Gongdong University of Foreign Language. 1970s Stan Orchowsky, Ph.D. (M.S.’78/H&S; Cert.’80/AHP; Ph.D.’82/H&S), started […]

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Endowed Professorships Support Research

The College of Humanities and Sciences uses private endowment resources to support the work of its faculty on a wide range of research and teaching activities. Faculty members are awarded endowed chairs and professorships when they have distinguished themselves through their teaching, research, scholarship, service, creativity, and innovations.   Faculty are nominated for an endowed […]

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New award in Chemistry given by local entrepreneur

Kevin Theisen, a relative newcomer to Richmond, has established a generous new award in the Department of Chemistry to recognize students with an interest in software programming. As a successful software developer and entrepreneur, Kevin knows the potential for new ideas and applications in this specialized field and is paying it forward to the next […]

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Increasing Graduation Among African American Males

African Americans form the second largest minority population at VCU, but in the College of Humanities and Sciences the graduation rate of African American men is lower than the rate for most other minority groups. In an effort to address this disparity, the College has formed the African American Male Student Advocacy and Mentoring Initiative. […]

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Tal Simmons Joins Humanitarian Crisis Hotline

“Hey, we’ve got bodies here. We want to know how long ago they were killed. What do I need to send you?” These are the types of questions forensic anthropologist and professor in the Department of Forensic Science at VCU, Tal Simmons, Ph.D., is used to answering. As a member of the American Association for […]

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Student Spotlight: Marcella Torres

Marcella Torres is both a mathematician and a competitive bodybuilder. She is determined to prove the traditional practices of both the athletic and academic communities wrong by demonstrating the benefits of a plant-based vegan lifestyle. Torres, who is working towards her Ph.D. in Systems Modeling and Analysis at VCU, studies the effect of nutrition and […]

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High Schoolers Do College-Level Chemistry Research at VCU

Five Richmond Public high school students spent the past summer doing college-level research in the VCU Chemistry Department labs, sponsored by the American Chemical Society’s Project SEED program and the Blue Sky Fund. Project SEED was established in 1968 by the American Chemical Society to expose economically disadvantaged high school students to chemistry research laboratories, […]

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College Announces Catalyst Award Winners

The College is pleased to announce the recipients of the inaugural Catalyst Awards. This new program was envisioned by Dean Fuentes and funded by President Rao to enhance faculty scholarship by providing seed funding of up to $20,000 to facilitate projects in all disciplines in the College. It is an annual funding opportunity that is […]

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