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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

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

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

Study Abroad in Greece

Last year, VCU’s Department of Focused Inquiry ran its first ever study abroad program to the American College Greece in Athens. As part of President Rao’s initiative to provide opportunities for experiential education, Thad Fortney taught a section of UNIV 211 “Food for Thought” a course designed to introduce students to interdisciplinary studies. Students traveled… Continue Reading Study Abroad in Greece

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