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Undergraduate Summer Research Program

Applications are currently under review.
Awards are expected to be announced by the end of March.


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.

The DSI will fund 15 undergraduate fellowships in summer 2021. Several additional fellowships will be funded by the following:

All fellowship recipients, regardless of their source of funding, will participate in all DSI-SRP related activities over the summer.

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.


  • 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.


  • 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.
  • Students should have completed any coursework required for the research project prior to beginning the summer fellowship.
  • 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)
  • Description of how this proposed research relates to a sponsored fellowship *if relevant* (150 words)
  • An unofficial transcript
  • Faculty sponsor information and acknowledgements (faculty member can only endorse two applications in the competition)

Information Session

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SRP 2020

David Cohen

Cognitive Studies, Music Performance Double Bass
Anh Dao

Psychology, Medicine, Health, and Society
TingYan Deng

Computer Science, Math, Economics
Lakshmi Suryateja Gangavarapu

Senior, Economics/Neuroscience
Mubarak Ganiyu

Mechanical Engineering, Quantitative Methods
Claire Hanson

Neuroscience, French, Scientific Computing
Scarlett Huang

Math, Economics, Computer Science
Jong Eun Jung

Human and Organizational Development
Samuel Lee

French Horn Performance, Math, Computer Science
Peixuan Li

Political Science, Economics
Emilio Loret de Mola

Anthropology, Medicine, Health, and Society
Yuzhe Lu

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

Math, Economics
Nathan Raju

Medicine, Health, and Society, Biology
Henry Savich

Math, Physics, Scientific Computing
Joanna Wang

Math, Physics
Reena Zhang

Junior, Psychology/Computer Science
Qianhui Zheng

Computer Science, Biochemistry


Joseph DeRose

Senior, Computer Science & Mathematics
Rachel Fan

Sophomore, Undeclared
Lingyan Hao

Senior, Mathematics
Catherine (Nayeon) Kim

Senior, Mathematics & English Creative Writing
Evan Rothchild

Senior, Biomedical Engineering
Nilai Vemula

Sophomore, Physics
Ulysses Yu

Senior, Computer Science & Mathematics
Xinmeng Zhang

Sophomore, Computer Science