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Apply to Participate in the Undergraduate Research Symposium
Applications due March 8 at 11:59 p.m.

The annual Undergraduate Research Network Symposium is the University of Virginia’s premiere multidisciplinary research symposium. Each year, we bring together students from a diverse range of disciplines within the humanities, social sciences, and the sciences to showcase their work and present to distinguished faculty members and professors. In addition to University-wide recognition, symposium winners will receive monetary prizes and will be published in the Oculus research journal. For more information, visit this webpage.

Summer Language Institute
June 9 through Aug. 2.

Get immersed in a new language this summer in the Summer Language Institute. This eight-week intensive program is designed to advance beginning language learners to intermediate-level speakers. Applications are available now. Visit our website to learn more about this unique opportunity.


FoodAssist: Volunteers Needed
FoodAssist is an organization that bridges the gap between food waste and food insecurity by picking up leftover food around the University and delivering it to other places in the Charlottesville area that are in need. We are looking for more volunteers (especially drivers) as our number of partner organizations increases. We are excited about the growth of our club, and we hope that you can join the team. For more information, visit this website. To get involved, email

Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center: Joint MLP and YWLP Information Session
March 6, 7 to 8 p.m., Minor 130.

Interested in mentoring a middle school student in 2019-20? Come hear why students who have served as a Big Sibling with the Young Women Leaders Program or the Men's Leadership Project find it to be one of the best experiences they’ve had at UVA. For more information, visit the event page.

Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center: MLP Information Session and Application
March 7, 6 to 7 p.m., Physics Building 205.

Interested in mentoring a middle school student in 2019-2020? Come hear why students who have served as Big Siblings in the Men’s Leadership Project find it to be one of the best experiences they’ve had at UVA. For more information, visit our webpage. Applications are due at midnight the same night.


VA Catering Now Hiring
Are you interested in a part-time job on Grounds with flexible hours and great pay? Don’t miss the chance to work at awesome events, eat free food, and get paid $10+ an hour to do so! Apply for a position with VA Catering now or contact for more information.


Mental Wellness Screening Day
March 22, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Newcomb Hall Ballroom.

Do you want to learn more about your mental health? Worried about a friend? Interested in a quick mental health check-up? Interested in counseling options at UVA? Many in our community struggle with depression, anxiety, stress, and other issues. Come learn more about mental health and participate in a free, optional screening on Mental Wellness Screening Day.

Apply to be a Peer Health Educator
Applications due March 17.

Interested in learning about health-related topics and joining a group that improves student life? Apply to be an ADAPT Peer Educator and/or a Peer Health Educator for the coming year. Peer Health Educators and ADAPT Peer Educators present outreach and get involved with events like the Fourth Year 5K, Mental Wellness Screening Day, and Safe Foxfield. The application is open until March 17. For more information, visit our webpage.


March Majors Madness: Making Major Decisions
March 18, 1 to 5 p.m., 1515 Second Floor.

Not Comm? Not Batten? Not sure? If you are having trouble deciding what you want to study for the remainder of your time at UVA, we will be on site to help you navigate the stressful and confusing process of charting a path. Our career counselors and faculty advisers can help you find a path forward that fits with your future goals. Visit Handshake for details.

March Majors Madness: Maximizing Your Minor
March 19, 1 to 5 p.m., 1515 Second Floor.

Considering what to minor or major in? Stop by the Career Center’s space on the second floor of 1515 to talk about finding a program that is right for you. We’ll have coffee, tea, and treats, and both career counselors and faculty advisers will be on site to help you navigate the process of declaring a minor that fits you and your interests. For more information, visit the Handshake event.

Careers in the Gig Economy
March 19, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Newcomb Gallery.

Looking for a career with flexibility? Want time to create and develop your own entrepreneurial or artistic venture? Join us for an evening of inspiration about how to be successful in the gig economy. For more information, visit the Handshake event.


Policy Simulation Opportunity
Conference from March 28 to 31.

The Virginia International Crisis Simulation is an annual, intercollegiate policy simulation held on Grounds. We are looking for volunteers to help staff the program. Volunteers help stimulate diverse and intricate policy debates and coordinate responses to historical, contemporary, and future crises. More information on dates, times, and locations can be found on the signup form.

Get a Free UVA Zoom Pro Account
UVA Information and Technology Services (ITS) is sponsoring free Zoom Pro accounts for students, faculty, and staff. Zoom is a video and audio-conferencing solution that allows you to participate in group video chats or online class sessions, to share screens to collaborate remotely, to record to the cloud or your computer for sharing, and more. Learn how to create an account here.


BRAD Lab at Darden Looking for Volunteers
The Behavioral Research at Darden (BRAD) Lab is seeking potential research participants. You will receive email invitations about behavioral studies with compensation ranging from $5 to $50 per research project. Visit our website, click “Request an Account,” fill out the pre-survey, and you will be notified when studies become available.

Salt and Blood Pressure Study IRB #11494
Researchers are seeking adults to participate in a study to find out how salt intake affects blood pressure. To participate in the study, you must be between the ages of 18 and 70, of Caucasian/white or African-American/black descent, have a BMI between 18 and 29.9, and have a normal blood pressure. You must also be willing to participate for two weeks following an initial screening and have no history of diabetes, congestive heart failure, or stroke.