What Is Spit for Science?

Spit for ScienceTM is a university-wide project at VCU that creates unique, cross-disciplinary opportunities for students to work with leading researchers in emotional health and substance use.

We know that 1 in 4 people over the age of 18 are affected by substance use or mental health problems. The scientific focus of the project is to understand why some people are more likely than others to develop problems associated with substance use and emotional health by examining how individual genetic predispositions come together with environmental factors to contribute to these outcomes. We then use the findings from the project to feed back into coursework, programming and policy at VCU to benefit our VCU students and community.

Latest News

  • Fall COVID-19 Survey: VCU Seniors who previously participated in Spit for Science: We recognize that it has been an incredibly challenging year for students and have invited you to participate in a second follow-up survey about your experiences with the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Email invitations were sent to your VCU email address. Please contact us at Spit4Science@vcu.eduwith any questions.

  • Spit for Science seeking undergraduate research assistants for Spring 2021!  Undergraduate team members will assist with education and outreach, and work in teams to develop research questions and analyze Spit for Science data. Students from all majors and at all class levels are welcome to apply. Enrollment will be for 3 credits (A-F grading system). The application deadline is October 20 at 5PM. Please use the application link below and/or email Dr. Adkins (adkinsae@vcu.edu) with any questions. https://redcap.vcu.edu/surveys/?s=8MKJAARF7D