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Undergraduate Summer Research Program

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 6 – Friday, August 12, 2022) 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 Data Science Institute partners with other campus initiatives to offer co-sponsored fellowships. 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 6-August 12, 2022.

Student Support

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

Important

  • Vanderbilt faculty may sponsor only two applications for the 2022 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 2022 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 6 – August 12). 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 2022 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)

2021 Information Session

Watch the Recording!

Questions? Please contact: datascience@vanderbilt.edu

2021 Summer Research Fellows

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Katharine Cella

Computer Science, Physics, Minor in Mathematics
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Zoe Crawley

Cognitive Studies, Minor in English: Creative Writing, Quantitative Methods
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Dillon Davey

Biological Sciences, Medicine, Health, and Society, Minor in Anthropology
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Andrew Gothard

Mathematics, Computer Science
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Jiaxin He

Computer Science, Mathematics
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Miya Hugaboom

Molecular and Cellular Biology, Medicine, Health, and Society
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Chetan Immanneni

Neuroscience, Medicine, Health, and Society, Minor in Data Science
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Qiaochu Jiang

Neuroscience, Psychology, Minor in Asian Studies
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Rohit Khurana

Computer Science, Molecular & Cellular Biology
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Hangling Liu

Computer Science, Economics, Minor in Spanish
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Suiyang Mai

Economics, Political Science, Minor in Business
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Jessica Mo

Medicine, Health, and Society, Minor in Earth and Environmental Sciences
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Amy Rieth

Anthropology, English
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Joseph Sexton

Psychology, Medicine, Health, and Society, Minor in Quantitative Methods, Mathematics, and Scientific Computing
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Elijah Sheridan

Physics, Mathematics, Minor in Computer Science
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Janet Stefanov

Mathematics, Economics, Minor in Russian and Data Science
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Benjamin Van Sleen

Computer Science, Economics
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Chet Weissberg

Mathematics, Minor in Computer Science, Cinema and Media Arts
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Aidan Wells

Neuroscience, English
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Qinlian Yang

Mathematics, Minor in Computer Science and Business Administration
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Yuqin (George) Yang

Economics, Political Science
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Xinxin Zhang

Political Science, Economics, Minor in French
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Qianhui Zheng

Computer Science, Biochemistry
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Zheyu (Richard) Zhu

Computer Science, Mathematics

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