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The College of Humanities and Sciences develops and advances nationally recognized student and faculty scholarship, research and creative initiatives committed to addressing challenges in our urban Richmond community and beyond.
We aim to become a leader in integrating meaningful engagement with real-world challenges that support the development of global citizens.
We have many faculty who are internationally recognized experts in their fields. In the College of Humanities and Sciences, we prioritize student engagement and interaction with faculty. We don't just want you to help with research, we want you to lead.
The diversity of our research means students can obtain hands-on experience in many different areas in order to find their passion. Many CHS faculty conduct community engaged research, which allows students the opportunity to conduct research that has a meaningful, positive impact on VCU and our Richmond community.
13,671 undergraduates engaged in experiential learning and research in 2019-20. This is what makes learning at VCU special and sets us apart.
Our faculty conduct research on an extraordinarily diverse set of topics, ranging from the understanding of the histories of Native American people, to addressing inequality and disparities in education, to climate change and the development of alternative and efficient energy sources.
CHS faculty regularly win a variety of prestigious awards, fellowships and scholarships, including Woodrow Wilson fellowships and Fulbright scholarships. They also hold some of the largest grants at VCU, including center grants from the Centers for Disease Control to prevent youth violence and from the Federal Drug Administration and National Institutes of Health to understand the health consequences of e-cigarettes and the impact of policies put in place to regulate them.
Glynis Boyd-Hughes holding three books [View Image]
Glynis Boyd-Hughes, an English major who's also pursuing a minor in gender, sexuality and women's studies, presented an original thesis at this year's poster symposium hosted by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program.
“It’s exciting because this isn’t something someone else has done,” Hughes said. “I am creating scholarship.”
Hughes said her research pursuits have given her a new confidence, making her feel validated and ready “to hold my own at any table.”
“I’m sitting up a little straighter now,” she said.