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Vanderbilt Undergraduate Summer Research Program

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The Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Summer Program (VUSRP) provides Vanderbilt undergraduate students with the opportunity to engage in 10 weeks (Monday, June 3 - Friday, August 9, 2019) of full-time research in collaboration with any full-time Vanderbilt faculty member during the summer. The goal of VUSRP is to encourage and enhance student-faculty mentoring and joint research efforts.

Program Highlights

  • The main component of the program is the scholarly work done by the Vanderbilt undergraduate student (VUSRP fellow) in collaboration with any full-time Vanderbilt faculty member.
  • The VUSRP involves full-time work. Participants cannot enroll in summer session courses.
  • Each VUSRP fellow will present their work during a roundtable presentation toward the end of the ten week session.
  • The program lasts ten weeks, June 3-August 9, 2019.
  • Out of 205 applicants, 87 awards were provided for the 2018 program.  Students attended a series of workshops designed just for them and presented to their peers toward the end of the program.
  • The 2019 VUSRP cohort will present their research at the Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Fair on September 19, 2019.

Student Support

  • A $5000 stipend will be provided for each student, and a limited number of Littlejohn Fellow awards will also be made to exceptional applications with a stipend of $6000.


  • Vanderbilt faculty may sponsor only two applications for the 2019 competition.
  • Students who accept VUSRP stipends are required to:
    • attend a spring workshop to review program logistics
    • present at a roundtable discussion over the summer
    • present at the Undergraduate Research Fair at Vanderbilt in September 2019
  • Please click on the buttons below to learn more about VUSRP and how to apply.
  • Please note that the application deadline for the 2019 competition was January 31, 2019