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Vanderbilt Undergraduate Summer Research Program

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The Vanderbilt Undergraduate Summer Research Program (VUSRP) provides Vanderbilt undergraduate students with the opportunity to fulfill 10 weeks of full-time research during the summer under the mentorship of any full-time Vanderbilt faculty member, including faculty in the School of Medicine in either VU or VUMC labs. The goal of VUSRP is to encourage and enhance student-faculty mentoring and joint research efforts. Due to the challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic, VUSRP has been canceled for this summer 2020. Applications for next summer 2021 will open in November 2020.

Program Highlights

  • VUSRP is a 10-week program that is done side-by-side with any full-time Vanderbilt faculty member, generally on campus.
  • The main component of the program is the scholarly work done by the Vanderbilt undergraduate student (VUSRP student) in collaboration with their faculty mentor.
  • VUSRP involves full-time work. Participants cannot enroll in summer session courses. Additional requirements are listed below.
  • Out of 184 applicants, 87 students received awards in 2019.

Student Support

  • A $5000 stipend is awarded, with a limited number of $6000 Littlejohn and Goldberg Fellow awards made for exceptional applications.


  • Students who accept VUSRP stipends are required to:
    • attend a spring workshop to review program logistics
    • complete 10 weeks of full-time research with their faculty mentor over the summer
    • present at a roundtable discussion toward the end of the 10-week period
    • present at the Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Fair
  • An information session for students was held on November 6. Slides from the presentation are available here.
  • Vanderbilt faculty may sponsor only two applications per competition.