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Application Procedure and Submission

The application for Summer 2024 is open! 

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  • Applications must be endorsed by a faculty mentor. Vanderbilt faculty may support no more than two applications per competition.
  • The application includes sections to be completed by the student and by the faculty mentor.
    • Students complete their section, including personal details. Faculty mentors complete the application by submitting the faculty portion of the application.
      • NEW THIS YEAR: Faculty no longer submit PDF versions of the application. All portions of the application are submitted through InfoReady.
      • Students are strongly encouraged to send their completed portion to their faculty mentor by January 17 to ensure ample time for faculty to draft and submit their portion.
      • All portions of the application are due by 12:00 noon on January 31, 2024.

Responses should abide by word limits and/or space presets. Do not modify the space presets on the form in any way.

  • The entire application must be submitted through the InfoReady Review application portal by the deadline: 12:00 noon Central time on Wednesday, January 31, 2024. Late applications will not be accepted.
  • Submission of the application on time is the student's responsibility to coordinate with their faculty mentor in advance of the deadline.

Application Writing Workshops

The Writing Studio and the Office of Experiential Learning and Immersion Vanderbilt welcome all interested undergraduate applicants to attend the VUSRP Proposal Preparation Workshop in the Kissam C210 Multi-purpose room from 4:30 - 5:30 pm on Tuesday, January 9th, and Wednesday, January 17th! Attend one or attend both! Please RSVP here.

The Vanderbilt Undergraduate Summer Research Program (VUSRP) is a competitive fellowship program. Successful applicants will spend ten weeks engaged in full-time research (any topic) under the mentorship of a full-time Vanderbilt faculty member during the summer. VUSRP recipients will be awarded a stipend, and reduced-cost summer housing is available for students with financial need. Additional information and a link to the application are available here. VUSRP Applications will close at 12 pm on Wednesday, January 31, 2024.

Meet with experts and peers to learn about the importance of a strong proposal and receive feedback on your proposal draft for developing your VUSRP proposal (bringing a draft is encouraged, but it is not required). Registration for the workshop is also strongly encouraged but not required for participation.

*Please note that faculty sponsors are welcome to attend the workshop with the student applicant*

Below, a recording of the VUSRP Application Workshop, Spring 2024:

Application Review

  • Applications will be reviewed by a committee of faculty members, representing a broad range of academic disciplines. When writing the VUSRP application, assume that reviewers are not experts in your area of study.
  • Reviewers will consider the justification for the proposed work; whether the research design/methods are sufficiently explained and the approach is sufficient to address the question/hypothesis; the appropriateness of the plan to support student progress and to provide timely and useful feedback; student preparation and readiness to undertake the proposed work; and how the proposed project contributes to the student’s stated personal goals.
A student with curly hair and a striped shirt explains her poster to a research fair attendee.