It’s all part of our trademark.
At VCU, we work together as one university to achieve real results. From major breakthroughs in AIDS research to unparalleled doggedness in athletics, we put our stamp on the world.
The cost of AIDS drugs can be staggering. That makes access difficult, especially in developing countries such as South Africa. VCU is changing that. Engineering professor B. Frank Gupton, Ph.D., and his team invented a cost-effective way to manufacture widely used AIDS drugs — opening doors for patients around the globe.
Great ideas reaped great support in 2015. For the eighth time in 10 years, sponsored research hit a new high.
- FY 2013: 248 million
- FY 2014: 262 million
- FY 2015: 270 million
Trophies stacked up as VCU teams competed in conference championships. Five programs — a record — brought home Atlantic 10 championships: men’s basketball, baseball, golf, women’s tennis, and (for the first time in history) indoor track and field. The baseball team reached its first NCAA Super Regionals, landing in the nation’s top 16.
Academics and innovation intertwine against Richmond’s vibrant landscape.
Our students launch businesses here. An international bike race whizzes through our campus. Award-winning community partnerships thrive, and the James River comes alive with student and faculty research. VCU shapes Richmond, and Richmond shapes us.
Seed money. Startup grants. Stipends. We’re all in when it comes to nurturing faculty and student entrepreneurial talent. VCU Innovation Gateway heard more than 200 pitches (and helped form eight companies) last year. Students gained a dedicated campus space, Founder’s Corner, to launch and grow startups. And VCU made a $1.2 million commitment to the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park Innovation Council. Our entrepreneurial pipeline is constantly growing — and pouring straight into Richmond’s economic ecosystem.
VCU students, such as Upchurch Chocolate Co. founder Alexander Burlingame, are unafraid to test the waters. A 2014 survey shows that 51 percent have a high or moderate interest in starting their own company — and 15 percent were already actively doing so.
Ride of a Lifetime
Nearly 650,000 spectators. 1,500 cyclists. One city. The 2015 UCI Road World Championships put Richmond in the spotlight for nine days. In the center of it, VCU and VCU Health. World champions were crowned. And world-class opportunities abounded — opportunities for nearly 700 Rams to volunteer; students to attend 30 bike-race-related classes; and VCU Health to showcase its expertise as the event’s exclusive medical provider.
39 cyclists and their team members treated by VCU Health.
What does community engagement look like? To the VCU School of Pharmacy, it’s 14 faculty members, 500 students and 35 residents collaborating for 20,000 patient encounters. Since 2001, the school’s interdisciplinary health teams have delivered care to countless uninsured older adults and homeless individuals. It’s been called a national model for community engagement — and led to the 2014 C. Peter Magrath University Community Engagement Award.
At the heart of the James River lives the VCU Rice Rivers Center, a 494-acre living laboratory. The center buzzes with students and faculty tackling ecological issues. Take the team tracking whimbrels. They outfitted the shorebirds with solar-powered transmitter harnesses — then tracked them to discover that hunting in the West Indies was hurting their population. Now they’re lobbying to change hunting laws worldwide.
Lodge + lab
A $2.3 million gift from Inger Rice will support the construction of an overnight lodge and a research lab at the VCU Rice Rivers Center.
We celebrate a track record that speaks to it: Virginia’s most diverse university student body.
More minority graduates than anyplace in the state. Graduation gaps closed for minority students. Our diversity makes us a national model — an evolving one, as we continue to enhance diversity in every way.
Silos go against the VCU spirit. The new Institute for Inclusion, Inquiry and Innovation (we call it iCubed), led by Aashir Nasim, Ph.D., is doing everything it can to eradicate silos by creating collaborations focused on the welfare of urban populations. How? By hiring faculty teams with a variety of backgrounds to solve real challenges. Challenges related to education, empowerment, health disparities and justice. Challenges identified by the communities these faculty teams will serve. It is just one way VCU is a model urban, public research university.
In Action: Title IX
New Title IX laws that address and prevent campus sexual violence are taking hold across higher education. At VCU, we’re not just complying with the new laws — we’re exceeding them. We are enhancing VCU’s culture of trust and safety through workshops, lectures and other programs dedicated to improving awareness and action.
Without compromise, we are committed to student access and student success.
We fundamentally focus on people and the creativity and concepts that will help them flourish. We roll up our sleeves and work to eliminate any obstacles standing in the way of opportunity.
Do the Math
A $50,000 windfall could be real for VCU students who take 15 credits each semester so they can graduate in four years. How do the savings add up? Think lowered spending on tuition and fees, books, supplies, housing and transportation. We call it “Do the math.” It’s now part of the VCU fabric. Everyone is committed to helping students manage their debt — and decrease it, too.
Ten years. Each of them filled with attracting promising students to the health care field. A VCU Health program, From Jump Rope to Stethoscope, celebrated a decade of community outreach to children in kindergarten through high school. In that time, it organized nursing camps, career days, hospital tours, health care clubs and courses offered at a local middle school. The result? Local students with firsthand experience in the health field — and for some, a newfound passion that drives them to become part of it.
The fold is 4,500 students strong — that’s how many have participated in the program since 2005.