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2020 Celebration Spring!

156 Individual Awardees | 100 Awards | 28 Departments and Programs - The 2020 Celebration Spring! Accomplishments from our Community of Learners includes students’ art and research, as well as a listing of departmental and School awards for student accomplishments and for outstanding faculty mentors.

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COVID-19 Update

The University will move to remote learning for the remainder of the spring semester, shift to remote work for employees to the greatest extent possible, and celebrate the Class of 2020 Commencement at a later date this year. Visit the University COVID-19 website for the latest information.

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The School of Arts and Sciences is the heart of the University of Richmond’s offerings. You can choose from or combine majors from 22 departments and 10 interdisciplinary programs. In the School of Arts & Sciences, you will learn to integrate your classroom experience with your true interests, your calling.

The Heart of the University

At Richmond, the School of Arts and Sciences is at the heart of your education, with courses in the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences. But choosing an A&S education offers you more than just variety.

It’s the chance to explore a topic you’ve always been curious about, whether that’s Russian, modern dance, or environmental ethics. It’s getting a different perspective on your favorite subject, thinking through concepts and problems in a way you never have before. It’s satisfying your curiosity and love for learning, and then working to translate that into a career path.

Faculty Highlights

  • Grayson Awarded

    Kristine L. Grayson, associate professor of biology, has been awarded $28,660 in supplemental funding from the National Science Foundation for, Collaborative Research: RUI: Linking thermal tolerance to invasion dynamics: Climate and physiological capacity as regulators of geographical spread.

  • Norris Published

    Michael Norris, assistant professor of chemistry, published “Strategy for functionalization of electrodes with discrete, unmodified small molecules exhibiting aqueous stability” in the Journal of Materials Chemistry A.

  • Lowder Published

    Matthew Lowder, assistant professor of cognitive psychology, along with two UR students and an alumni (Gwynna Ryan, ’21, Jaclyn Opie, ’21, and Emily Kaminsky, ’19), published “Effects of contrastive focus on lexical predictability during sentence reading: The case of not only…but also constructions” in Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.

  • Towns Published

    Armond Towns, assistant professor of rhetoric and communication studies, authored a piece for OUPblog titled “Black studies for everyone”.

  • Towns Published

    Armond Towns, assistant professor of rhetoric and communication studies, published "Toward a Black Media Philosophy," for Cultural Studies.

  • Oware Interviewed

    Matthew Oware, professor of sociology, was recently interviewed on the Radikaal Podcast to discuss politics and rap music. Listen to the interview here.

  • Barracks Completes Dissertation

    Dr. Chaz Barracks, dissertation fellow in the department of rhetoric & communication studies, has successfully completed his dissertation at Virginia Commonwealth University, entitled "Black Queer Futures (BQF) in Real Time: Multidimensional Identity and Imaginative Media Practice."

  • Johnson Published

    Miles Johnson, assistant professor of chemistry, published "Study and Modular Synthesis of Unsymmetrical Bis(phosphino)pyrrole Ligands" in the Dalton Transactions. Four UR students assisted: Hilary D. Fokwa, Julia F. Vidlak, Sophie C. Weinberg, and Isaiah D. Duplessis.

  • Pierce Awarded

    B. Daniel Pierce, assistant professor of biology, received a $104,500 award from the Thomas F. and Kate Miller Jeffress Memorial Trust for his research project, Determining the Precise Molecular Interactions Between Plant Phenols and the Agrobacterium Receptor VirA.

  • Norris Awarded

    Michael Norris, assistant professor of chemistry, received a $104,500 award from Thomas F. and Kate Miller Jeffress Memorial Trust for Understanding the Reduction of CO2 to Methanol Catalyzed by Simple Amines with a Combined Computational and Experimental Approach.

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Faculty Expertise

Do you envision college as a place where your professor’s office hours are spent in deep conversation about topics beyond this week’s assignment? Where you can work side-by-side with a faculty member on cutting-edge research that is published in a professional journal?

In A&S, our faculty are experts on the cutting edge of their fields. While they could work in some of the top research institutions in the world, our faculty chose Richmond because they believe in educating tomorrow's leaders and are passionate about mentoring and sharing their knowledge with students.

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Planning for the Future

Become an educational entrepreneur, taking your vision and passions and turning them into your livelihood. Study a subject you love, go all in on your academic experience. Take that depth of knowledge, add to it your broad exploration, experiential learning through internships and research, and guidance from faculty and career services, and you’ll be ready to chart a course for success with your passion at its core.

A&S NEXT 2020

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