Vanderbilt Undergraduate Summer Research Program
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 graduate and professional schools. The goal of VUSRP is to encourage and enhance student-faculty mentoring and joint research efforts. The program dates for 2021 are June 7 through August 13.
The application for summer 2021 is closed. Check back in fall 2021 for details about the next application cycle.
- VUSRP is a 10-week program that is traditionally 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 adviser.
- VUSRP involves full-time work.
- Participants are not permitted to take courses during the program.
- Participants are not permitted to hold outside employment during the program.
- A $5000 stipend is awarded, with a limited number of $6000 Littlejohn and Goldberg Fellow awards for exceptional applications.
- Stipends are intended to cover necessities and room and board.
- Students who accept VUSRP stipends are required to:
- attend a spring workshop to review program logistics
- complete their COVID agreement in Oracle
- complete 10 weeks of full-time research with their faculty adviser over the summer
- present at a roundtable discussion toward the end of the 10-week period
- present at the fall or spring Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Fair
- Students who accept VUSRP funding are encouraged to use the experience to satisfy their Immersion Vanderbilt requirement.
- An information session for students was held on November 18, 2020.
- Vanderbilt faculty may advise only two applications per competition.