UNDERGRADUATE BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH at VIRGINIA
Program Description and Potential Faculty Mentors
on the MCV Campus
- This program helps
undergraduates into labs on the Medical College of Virginia (MCV)
of VCU. It is coordinated by Dr. Tombes in the Department of Biology.
faculty mentors and their research descriptions are listed on this
This program is open to all students at VCU and has been in
- Students enrolled
must agree to work in one lab for TWO successive semesters.
must register for independent study (BIO 492 - P/F or BIO 495
- letter grade) for between 2 and 4 credit hrs (assume 3 hrs per week
lab time per credit hour).
- To aid in
laboratory, a 1 credit hour (BIOL 361) topics course is offered
in the spring semester. Prospective faculty describe research in
their own laboratory and potential undergraduate research topics. It is
then up to the student to contact the faculty member and determine
there are openings in their laboratory.
- Here's how you can
work in one
of these labs:
Identify a potential faculty mentor from this list or through other
or phone them and set up an interview - take your resume and a reason
you want to work in that lab.
Obtain the written consent of the faculty member (see Contract below)
Obtain consent of a lab mentor (senior tech, grad student, post-doc or
faculty member) - who can guide you around the lab.
- Potential faculty
listed below with their research descriptions. Interested students
contact individual faculty members to schedule interviews.
typically begin in the fall semester but often begin in the summer.
can determine whether summer employment in the lab is an option. This
be determined by the faculty member. Credit cannot be earned for payed
- Contact Dr. Tombes
or email@example.com with any questions.