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2021 FI Student Essay Contest Winners Announced!

The Focused Inquiry Student Engagement Committee (SEC) is pleased to announce the contest winners and finalists of the 2021 Edition of the FI Student Contests. Please join us in congratulating all of them! Category 1: Narrative, Reflective, Expository, or Personal Writing (UNIV 111/112, usually unit 1) 1st Place: Ashley Vu, “Eyes” (written for Professor Leslie… Continue Reading 2021 FI Student Essay Contest Winners Announced!

FI Faculty Team Up with Mellon Research Fellows

The Department of Focused Inquiry is excited to collaborate with The Mellon Pathways to the Arts and Humanities at VCU Program to support their Mellon Research Fellows.  Eighteen, second-year students enrolled at Reynolds or John Tyler Community College and participating in the Pathways to VCU Program were selected as Mellon Research Fellows this year. These… Continue Reading FI Faculty Team Up with Mellon Research Fellows

Introducing Sydney Boyce, University College Experiential Learning Student Ambassador 2020–2021

University College was awarded a VCU REAL Challenge Grant in May 2020 sponsored by the Office of the Provost to offer a fellowship to an undergraduate student with a demonstrated commitment to community engagement who would promote experiential learning in the unit. An interdisciplinary group of VCU faculty and staff selected Sydney Boyce as the… Continue Reading Introducing Sydney Boyce, University College Experiential Learning Student Ambassador 2020–2021

Pandemic Pedagogy

FI Faculty Member, Dr. Kiara Lee-Heart has recently published  an article in Teaching Tolerance about teaching during a pandemic: “Pandemic Pedagogy: A Call to Educators to Bring Their Classrooms to Reality.”

2019-2020 Davis Award Winners

Each year the VCU Chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society awards up to five students with the Robert G. Davis Undergraduate Writing and Research Award. Student work is nominated for the award by both HONR 200 or UNIV 200 programs. Each award recipient receives a $400 scholarship. Winners are usually recognized at our… Continue Reading 2019-2020 Davis Award Winners

2019-2020 Focused Inquiry Student Contest Winners

The Focused Inquiry Student Engagement Committee is delighted to present the first-, second-, and third-place winners of the 2019-2020 Student Contests. Congratulations to all of our contest winners! In addition, we’d like to extend our sincere thanks to all of the participants in this year’s contests: your contributions helped to support and nurture our community… Continue Reading 2019-2020 Focused Inquiry Student Contest Winners

University College Scholarship for Fall 2019

Due to the generosity of a kind individual, University College will be able to award a single $5,000 scholarship for Fall 2019 to a student who meets the following criteria: will be registered for a Fall 2019 Focused Inquiry (UNIV 111,112, or 200) course by August 1, 2019 currently holds a minimum 2.5 cumulative VCU… Continue Reading University College Scholarship for Fall 2019

2017–2018 FI Contest Winners

UNIV 111/112: Narrative Essay Yan Yun (1st) – “A Bird Shouldn’t Be Caged” Myia Samuels (2nd) – “A Seat At The Table”   UNIV 111/112: Analysis/Synthesis Chloe Gardner (1st) – “Ignorance as a Theme in the Works of Butler, Bechdel, DeGhett, and Dillard” Nana Afia Twumasi-Ankrah (2nd) – “It’s a White Man’s World: Institutional Racism… Continue Reading 2017–2018 FI Contest Winners

Expo 2018 Poster and Multimodal Project Winners

Congratulations to our winning student researchers at this year’s Focused Inquiry Expo, held May 2 in the University Commons! The awards for best posters went to   Neeki Souri, “Post-Revolution: Women in Society” (First Place)   Stacey Ruiz, “Health Impact of Burning Trash in Developing Countries” (Second Place)   Jordan Davy, “Why Unpaid Maternity Leave… Continue Reading Expo 2018 Poster and Multimodal Project Winners

Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to these scholarship award winners who wrote about the 2017 VCU Common Book, Dreamland, and the opioid epidemic after discussing it in their Focused Inquiry classes with FI faculty members Julie Markham, Scott Brookman, Chris Jackson, and Joseph Schaub. Scholarship winner – Marena Benoit Honorable mention – Jessi Bailey Honorable mention – Kelsy Boyle Honorable mention… Continue Reading Scholarship Winner

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