Nanoparticle VCU Research Assistant Application
VCU Research Assistant Description
The Richmond Minorities in Engineering Partnership (RMEP) and its sponsors, VCU, will be presenting the 2018 Summer Engineering Institute Research Workshop. The Research Institute will be held at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), under the supervision of Dr. Wang.

This Summer Engineering Institute is a separate five week academic program for high school minority students in the Richmond/Petersburg metropolitan area. The program provides students with hands on research dealing with various fields of engineering. Students work with VCU graduate students while conducting research and experiments. At the end of the program, students will have to write a paper and create a presentation explaining what was learned during the institute.

Family Orientation Program & daily attendance is mandatory.

Students who apply for the program should meet the following criteria:
• Be a member of a minority group (African American, American Indian, Hispanic) that is underrepresented in engineering and technology
• Be interested in learning about engineering as a career
• Be academically talented, especially in mathematics and science
• Have previously participated in at least two (2) Phases and will be a rising 12th or graduated 12th grader

Students will be required/expected to:
1. Require the student to have a good background in physics/chemistry and mathematics
2. Expect the student to be curious about scientific research and read up the concepts involved with supervision of a graduate student.
3. Expect the student to work ~4 hours in the lab every day with supervision of a graduate student.
4. Expect the student to write a 10+ page report (including pictures, figures, etc.) at the end of the project with group members.
5. Expect the student to create a presentation with group members to present at the VCU closing ceremony.

General Information
TRANSPORTATION: Students are responsible for getting back and forth to the University/College that is hosting their specific phase. The institute will gladly assist in organizing a carpool for those interested; however, it will not be held liable for any arrangements. Transportation for all field trips will be provided by RMEP. Students will be responsible for all costs in relation to parking.

FEES: A non-refundable program fee of $375 is required for each student. Fee must be paid before the Family Orientation Program. If not, student will not be able to participate. A $25 fee will be charged for all checks returned for insufficient funds. This fee covers charges incurred from the bank(s).

ATTENDANCE: It is mandatory for parents & students to attend the Family Orientation Program. Students are expected to attend the Summer Engineering Institute each scheduled day. Daily, prompt attendance is mandatory. Parent/Guardian must submit a written excuse to RMEP (prior to any absence when possible) each day a student is absent. After three (3) excused absences, the student will be dismissed from the program without a refund.

DECORUM: RMEP expects proper behavior during all facets of the program. The staff will make every effort to provide for the students’ comfort and safety, and will monitor all periods of activity, including field trips. We look forward to having an orderly and enjoyable learning experience.

ATTIRE: Represent yourself at all times; this is not a sports camp or social club. Casual but neat dress is acceptable. No short shorts or bogus neck chains. Young ladies should wear tops and bottoms that adequately cover the body; young men are not allowed to wear net shirts or sleeveless T-shirts. Closed shoes (no sandals or heels) are a basic requirement for field trips. Above all, remember that the building and classrooms are air-conditioned and can get rather cool, so dress accordingly. The RMEP officials reserve the right to enforce the dress code accordingly.

Important Information
The applications and all supporting documents must be received by Friday, April 19. Late or incomplete applications will not be processed.

Students will be advised of their acceptance/denial status during the early part of May.

All notifications will be sent via the EMAIL address you listed. If you do not receive any information by May 1st, please send an email to

Do not enclose payment (cash, check or money order) with the application form.

2019 VCU Research Assistant Dates
Venue: VA Commonwealth University
Phase: Research Assistant
Dates: July 1st, 2nd, 3rd
July 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
July 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th
July 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th
July 29th, 30th, 31st, August 1st
Times: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Day: Mondays- Thursdays
Student Information
Student Name (First, Last) *
Student Date of Birth (MM/DD/YYYY) *
Gender (M/F) *
Minority Group/ Race *
Student Address (include city and zip code) *
Name of school student attends *
School Address ( include city and zip code) *
Current Grade Level in School *
T-shirt (Adult) size *
Awards/Honors *
Place N/A if not applicable
Current School Activities *
Place N/A if not applicable
Math/Science Activities *
Place N/A if not applicable
Previous SEI Attendance *
If Yes, indicate Phase attended
Parent / Guardian Information
Parent Name (First Last) *
Cell/Home Phone Number (include area code) *
Work Phone Number (include area code) *
Home Address (include city and zip code) *
Parent Email Address *
Which college will you be attending in the fall? *
What will be your major? *
Student Essay question. Student must type their essay in the blank below. Essay must be 500 words or less. *
Topic- Why should you be chosen to participate in the VCU Research Assistant Program? How will this experience help you to reach your future career goals? Focus your response to include 2 examples.
Student Recommendation Form
Have two (2) teacher(s)/school counselor(s) go to and click on the Student Recommendation Form Button on the home page to submit a student recommendation.


Mail recommendations to: RMEP Student Recommendation P. O . Box 26248 Richmond, VA 23260

Student Transcripts
Submit a copy of recent semester grades.

This can be in the form of the 2nd nine weeks OFFICIAL school report card or an official school transcript. No POWER SCHOOL print outs will be accepted.

Use the Student Transcript Upload button located on the home page ( to upload (submit) a copy of your child's transcript. Only RMEP will have access to this information.


Mail a copy of the recent semester grades to: RMEP Student Transcripts P. O . Box 26248 Richmond, VA 23260

Student Transcript/Current Report Card *
Parent Electronic Signature
If selected, my child has my permission to participate in the Summer Engineering Institute (SEI) sponsored by RAPME. I understand that participation in the Family Orientation Program is mandatory for both me and my child.
By typing my name below, I am agreeing to the statement above.
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