Student research

The VCU Rice Rivers Center encourages graduate and undergraduate students to conduct research at the center and its surrounding environment.

Student research projects address questions concerning basic ecology, environmental science, environmental health and the environmental history of the region. Grants for students are available to assist with their research. More than 130 students have been supported to date.

View our most recent student research projects.

Student research funding

Each year we solicit research proposals that will advance the VCU Rice Rivers Center’s mission in environmental science, health and education. Research grants may be used to purchase supplies and equipment, defray related travel expenses and to provide partial summer stipends.

Eligible research activities are field studies conducted at the center, inclusive of the tidal James River, its tributaries, and associated riparian and upland landscapes in the vicinity. We also encourage projects that involve nearby public lands owned by our partners — such as the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Collaborative projects are encouraged and students may submit joint proposals. In the case of joint submissions, the total funds requested should reflect the number of students involved. Within the proposal narrative, students should specify their individual contributions to the overall project.


Applications must be received no later than April 1, and should include a cover letter and a brief proposal (maximum of five pages) that includes project title, introduction, objectives or hypothesis, methods or approach, expected results or benefits, schedule of activities and a detailed budget.

Applications must include a letter of support from a VCU faculty adviser. Applicant must be enrolled in a VCU degree program. Award decisions will be made no later than May 1.

Please submit one electronic copy (PDF format) of the proposal to Cathy Viverette at