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Apply to be an Orientation Leader
Applications due Jan. 28 at 4 p.m.
Each year, Orientation and New Student Programs selects a group of undergraduate leaders to help implement Orientation programs during the summer and fall. Orientation helps new students and their guests acclimate to the University of Virginia. Submit your application today.

Group Therapy at CAPS
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) in Student Health is excited to announce the Spring 2018 Group Therapy Program. Groups range from mindfulness to support groups to understanding self and others. A counseling group can be powerfully healing and, for some students, one of the most rewarding experiences during their years at UVA. See the full group schedule.

Student Member of the Board of Visitors: Application Open
Applications due Feb. 7 at 11:59 p.m.

The University is now accepting applications for the 2018-19 Student Member of the Board of Visitors. The Student Member serves a one-year term as a soundboard for the Board of Visitors regarding issues that affect students at the University and must actively assess, predict, and communicate the general student reaction to Board decisions. Undergraduate candidates must be full-time students in their last year of study, and graduate candidates must be in at least their second year of study or have completed their undergraduate studies at UVA. More information and the application can be found on the VPSA website.


Study Abroad Fair
Jan. 26, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Newcomb South Meeting Room.
Come and find out about UVA study abroad opportunities. Talk to over 30 faculty and program representatives from summer, semester, and full-year programs. We hope you will come out and learn about how you can be a part of the tradition!


Behavioral Research at Darden (BRAD) Lab Now Hiring Research Assistants
The Behavioral Research at Darden Lab is seeking research assistants for our lab. To apply, email with the subject line: “RA Position - Your First + Last Name.” Please include your major, your expected graduation year, your transportation availability, your weekly availability, and your resume in PDF format. For more information, visit the BRAD Lab website.

Now Hiring Intramural Sports Officials
Attend one of the information sessions Jan. 17, 18, and 19 to learn more about intramural sports officials and to submit your application for the best job on Grounds! Hoo says working isn't fun?! For more information, see the IM-Rec Sports website or email


AAPAAN Scholarship Program Now Accepting Applications
Applications due Jan. 31 at 11:59 p.m.
UVA’s Asian and Asian-Pacific American Alumni Network has two $2,000 scholarships available based on the criteria of scholarship, A/APA community involvement, and financial need. Another award, also for $2,000, is available based on leadership and contribution to the A/APA community. Winners will be notified in mid-March and will be asked to attend an award ceremony in Washington, D.C., on April 6. For more information, visit the UVA AAPAAN website.

The William W. W. Knight and Beverley Randolph Knight Scholarship: Comedy Knight
Registration due Jan. 24.

This scholarship is open to current second- and third-year students who demonstrate an outstanding sense of humor, scholastic merit, and financial need. Three scholarships in the amount of $2,500 will be awarded, with one in each category of writing, video/audio, and stand up. Participants will present their original material at Comedy Knight on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. at Alumni Hall. Coaching will be available prior to the performance. More information is available on the Alumni Association website.

Community-Based Undergraduate Research Grant Award Information Session
Jan. 23, 4 to 5 p.m., Clemons 204.
Have an idea for a community-based research project? Come to this session to learn more about Community-Based Undergraduate Research Grants (CBURG) and hear from previous recipients. CBURG provides funding for students to design hands-on research projects in collaboration with community partners and faculty mentors.

Double Hoo Information Session
Jan. 25, 4 to 5 p.m., Special Collections Library Byrd Morris Room.
Have an idea for a Double Hoo research project? Come to this session to learn more about the Double Hoo Research Grant. The grant supports pairs of undergraduate and graduate scholars seeking to pursue research together. The program is intended to encourage collaborative interaction between the undergraduate and graduate communities throughout the University. Awards of up to $6,000 are granted to undergraduate/graduate pairs to be shared between the two at their discretion and used within one year.


UPC Presents: Humanitarianism Around the World
Jan. 20, 7 to 10 p.m., Newcomb Theater.
Interested in learning about humanitarianism both around the world and right here in Charlottesville? Join UPC for a night of learning from and connecting with organizations around Grounds and Charlottesville to get more involved. The event will include screening, speakers, and a resource fair. Light refreshments will be provided. Email Annie Weinberg at with any questions.


Wadada Leo Smith: Artist in Residence
Events from Jan. 24 through 27.
Jazz musician, composer, and artist Wadada Leo Smith will visit Charlottesville from Jan. 24 to 27, bringing with him the multimedia Golden Quintet featuring pianist Anthony Davis, bassist John Lindberg, cellist Ashley Walters, and drummer Pheeroan akLaff. He also will collaborate with video artist Jesse Gilbert, who creates live videography within the concert.


Virginia Women’s Chorus Auditions
January 19 through 28.
Audition for the Virginia Women’s Chorus. Join a diverse and talented sisterhood that seeks to inspire people with music. Sign up on the Virginia Women’s Chorus website for a time between Jan. 19 and 28 to audition. Email Sindhu Ranga at with any questions.

Interview for the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society
Interviews run Jan. 22 through 26, Hotel C.

The Jefferson Society is UVA’s premier intellectual forum and has the distinction of being the oldest student group on Grounds. All full-time graduate and undergraduate students are eligible to interview. Interview times are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from noon to 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m.; and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. See the Jefferson Society Facebook page for more information.

Intramural Leagues and Tournaments
Entries due Jan. 23.

Start the spring semester with a fun intramural competition! Entries for basketball, indoor volleyball, and floor hockey are accepted online until Jan. 23. For more information, see the IM-Rec Sports website or email

Free Group Exercise and Discount Class Passes with IM-Rec Sports
Through Jan. 24.

Try Group Exercise for free and purchase your class pass for the semester at a great discount now through Jan. 24. See the IM-Rec Sports website for more information or email

Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity Information Sessions
Jan. 23, 6:30 p.m., New Cabell 323, and Jan. 24, 6:30 p.m., Clark 101.

Phi Sigma Pi (PSP) is a national gender-inclusive honor fraternity here at UVA. PSP is based on the tripod of scholarship, leadership, and fellowship. Come out and learn more about us! Information sessions will provide a brief overview of our rush process. Please check the PSP Facebook page for more information and any location or time changes.


Salt Diet and Blood Pressure Study
Researchers are seeking adults to participate in a study to find out how salt intake affects blood pressure (IRB#11494). To participate in the study, you must be between the ages of 18 and 70, either of Caucasian/white or African-American descent, and have normal blood pressure. No individuals with diabetes, congestive heart failure, history of stroke, or women who are pregnant will be able to participate in the study. For more information, visit the Salt Sensitivity Study website.

Participants for Behavioral Research at Darden Lab Study Wanted
Jan. 24, 2 to 4 p.m., Darden (North Grounds).
The Behavioral Research at Darden Lab is seeking first-year participants for a paid focus group on Microsoft Office. Compensation is a $35 Amazon gift card. To apply, email with the following details: gender, major, ethnicity, GPA, and confirm that you have reliable transportation. Then, visit the SONA website and click “Request an Account.” Fill out the pre-survey to create a participant account and to receive notifications. For more information, visit the BRAD Lab website.