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What Is Spit for Science?

Spit for ScienceTM is a university-wide project at VCU that creates unique, cross-disciplinary opportunities for students to work with leading researchers in emotional health and substance use.

We know that 1 in 4 people over the age of 18 are affected by substance use or mental health problems. The scientific focus of the project is to understand why some people are more likely than others to develop problems associated with substance use and emotional health by examining how individual genetic predispositions come together with environmental factors to contribute to these outcomes. We then use the findings from the project to feed back into coursework, programming and policy at VCU to benefit our VCU students and community.

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  • Spit for Science: Fall 2021- New Survey for Incoming VCU Freshmen!  Are you a freshman age 18+?  Then you can take part in important research at VCU with Spit for Science: The VCU Student Survey.  Check your inbox for an invitation!  You’ll receive a $10 e-gift card upon completion.

  • Spit for Science seeking undergraduate research assistants for Spring 2022! 
    Undergraduate team members will assist with education and outreach, and work in teams to develop research questions and analyze Spit for Science data. Students from all majors and at all class levels are welcome to apply. Enrollment will be for 3 credits (A-F grading system). The application deadline is Nov. 1 at 5PM. Please use the application link below and/or email Dr. Adkins ( with any questions.
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