What Is Spit for Science?

Spit for ScienceTM the VCU Student Survey is an effort led by researchers at VCU to create a university-wide research opportunity for VCU students.

ALL INCOMING FRESHMEN WHO ARE 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER FOR SPRING 2022 ARE INVITED TO BE PARTICIPANTS - and - Previous Spit for Science participants are invited to take part again this spring.

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 and other substances, and difficulties with emotional health. The project aims to understand how individual 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 to try and understand and prevent these important and widespread problems. We then use the findings from the project to feed back into programming at VCU to benefit our VCU students and community.

Latest News

  • NEW! Spit for Science Survey Underway for VCU Freshmen (age 18+):  We are excited to announce an opportunity for current VCU freshmen (ages 18+) to take part in Spit for Science: The VCU Student Survey.  This survey aims to learn about the genetic and environmental factors that contribute to the use of alcohol and other substance, emotional health, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students. Check your VCU email inbox for the survey invitation. If you complete the survey, you’ll receive a $15 Amazon e-gift card as compensation for your time. Please contact us at Spit4Science@vcu.edu with any questions.

  • NEW! Spit for Science Follow-Up Survey for VCU Sophomores:  Are you a sophomore at VCU who took part in the Spit for Science Survey as a freshman?  If so, check your email inbox for a follow-up survey invitation.  If you complete the survey, you’ll receive a $15 Amazon e-gift card as compensation for your time. Please contact us at Spit4Science@vcu.edu with any questions.

  • Paid research internship in addiction science in spring 2023: VCU students have the opportunity to delve into research in addiction science by participating in a research fellowship.  Applicants must take the S4S class in fall of 2022 in order to qualify to apply for the internship, which begins in spring 2023. Interested? Contact Dr. Amy Adkins with questions (adkinsae@vcu.edu) or apply now: https://redcap.vcu.edu/surveys/?s=PYDME3YNMP9PT4KH