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Vanderbilt Undergraduate Summer Research Program

The Vanderbilt Undergraduate Summer Research Program (VUSRP) provides Vanderbilt undergraduate students with the opportunity to engage in 10 weeks of full-time research in collaboration with any full-time Vanderbilt faculty member. The goal is to encourage and enhance student-faculty mentoring and joint research efforts.  2019 dates will be posted in the coming weeks.

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 one of six planned informal seminar sessions.
  • The program lasts ten weeks.  2019 dates are forthcoming.
  • 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 2018 VUSRP cohort presented their research at the Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Fair on September 27, 2018.

Student Support

  • A $5000 stipend will be provided for each student, and a limited number of Littlejohn Fellow awards will also be made with a stipend of $6000.
  • Vanderbilt undergraduate students can also apply to the 2018 ACCRE Scholars summer program. The ACCRE Scholars program includes a $5000 stipend for ten weeks of immersive computational research on ACCRE cluster resources. The ACCRE Scholars summer program will be run through the VUSRP and the applicants should indicate their interest in this program in the application. More information on the ACCRE Scholars summer program can be found here.


  • Application information for Summer 2019, including application links and due dates will be available in the coming weeks.
  • Vanderbilt faculty may sponsor only two applications for the 2019 competition.
  • Please click on the buttons below to learn more about VUSRP and how to apply.