Welcome to Spit for Science!
Welcome VCU Class of 2018! All eligible first time freshmen will receive an e-mail through their VCU e-mail account inviting them to participate in the project.
Spit for Science: The VCU Student Survey
Spit for Science: The VCU Student Survey is an effort being led by researchers at VCU to create a unique university-wide research opportunity for VCU students. All incoming freshmen who are 18 years of age or older for Fall 2014 are invited to be participants.
The scientific focus of the project is to understand why some people are more likely than others to develop problems associated with the use of alcohol, the use of other substances, and difficulties with emotional health. The project aims to understand how individual genetic predispositions come together with environmental factors to contribute to these outcomes. We know that 1 in 4 people over the age of 18 are affected by substance use or mental health problems. This project is an opportunity for students at VCU to work together with some of the leading researchers in the world in this area to try to understand and prevent these important and widespread problems.
We hope to use the findings from the project to feed back into programming at VCU to benefit our VCU students and community. In addition, there are a number of exciting educational opportunities that stem from having a project like this at VCU. Click here to learn more!
Also note that if you are a VCU student but not part of the freshman class, there are other ways that you can get involved. Click on the “Educational Opportunities” tab above to find out more.