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Undergraduate Summer Research Program

Information Session

Overview

The Vanderbilt Data Science Institute Summer Research Program (DSI – SRP) provides Vanderbilt undergraduate students with the opportunity to engage in 10 weeks (Monday, June 7 – Friday, August 13, 2021) of full-time data science focused research in collaboration with any full-time Vanderbilt faculty member during the summer. The goal of DSI – SRP is to encourage and enhance student-faculty mentoring and joint research efforts in data science.

DSI – SRP fellows will come from a diverse range of backgrounds and domains.
Proposed research is welcome from:

  1. Foundational data science, the development, evolution, or implementation of data science methods.
  2. Application of data science to one or more fields in the physical, life, or social sciences, engineering, arts, or humanities.
  3. The study of the impact of data on society and its institutions.

Program Highlights

  • The main component of the program is the scholarly work done by the Vanderbilt undergraduate student (DSI – SRP fellow) in collaboration with any full-time Vanderbilt faculty member.
  • The DSI – SRP involves full-time work. Participants cannot enroll in summer session courses.
  • Each DSI – SRP fellow will attend summer events hosted by the DSI.
  • The program lasts ten weeks, June 7-August 13, 2021.

Student Support

  • A $6,000 stipend will be provided for each student.

Important

  • Vanderbilt faculty may sponsor only two applications for the 2021 competition.
  • Students who accept DSI – SRP stipends are required to attend summer events hosted by the DSI.
  • Students who accept DSI – SRP stipends are required to present their research at the Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Fair in the fall 2021 semester.
  • Applications will be available in late November.

Eligibility

  • Current Vanderbilt sophomores or juniors enrolled in undergraduate degree programs are eligible.
  • Full consideration will be given to students who have at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • Applicants must be able to engage in 10 weeks of full time research during the summer (June 7 – August 13). The DSI – SRP involves full-time work.
  • Participants cannot enroll in summer session courses.
  • Research within the DSI – SRP is not restricted to work within a student’s major area of study. Projects from students with faculty mentors in different departments and schools are supported and encouraged.
  • Faculty members may endorse only TWO applications for the 2021 competition.

Application Procedure

Applicants will be asked to provide the following (stated word limits apply):

  • A summary of the proposed summer research (150 words)
  • Specific questions to be addressed during the summer (200 words)
  • Description of how this proposed research connects with data science (250 words)
  • Description of how participation in DSI – SRP fits with your short-term and long-term goals (200 words)
  • An unofficial transcript
  • Faculty sponsor information and acknowledgements (faculty member can only endorse two applications in the competition)
Questions? Please contact: datascience@vanderbilt.edu

SRP 2020

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David Cohen

Cognitive Studies, Music Performance Double Bass
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Anh Dao

Psychology, Medicine, Health, and Society
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TingYan Deng

Computer Science, Math, Economics
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Lakshmi Suryateja Gangavarapu

Senior, Economics/Neuroscience
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Mubarak Ganiyu

Mechanical Engineering, Quantitative Methods
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Claire Hanson

Neuroscience, French, Scientific Computing
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Scarlett Huang

Math, Economics, Computer Science
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Jong Eun Jung

Human and Organizational Development
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Samuel Lee

French Horn Performance, Math, Computer Science
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Peixuan Li

Political Science, Economics
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Emilio Loret de Mola

Anthropology, Medicine, Health, and Society
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Yuzhe Lu

Math, Computer Science, Medicine, Health, and Society
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Ao Qu

Math, Economics
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Nathan Raju

Medicine, Health, and Society, Biology
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Henry Savich

Math, Physics, Scientific Computing
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Joanna Wang

Math, Physics
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Reena Zhang

Junior, Psychology/Computer Science
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Qianhui Zheng

Computer Science, Biochemistry

SRP

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Joseph DeRose

Senior, Computer Science & Mathematics
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Rachel Fan

Sophomore, Undeclared
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Lingyan Hao

Senior, Mathematics
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Catherine (Nayeon) Kim

Senior, Mathematics & English Creative Writing
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Evan Rothchild

Senior, Biomedical Engineering
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Nilai Vemula

Sophomore, Physics
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Ulysses Yu

Senior, Computer Science & Mathematics
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Xinmeng Zhang

Sophomore, Computer Science

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