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Natural Sciences

Many research opportunities exist in the natural sciences, the branch of science that deals with the physical world. Areas include chemistry, geology, biology, and physics.  Students in the Natural Sciences regularly apply to conduct summer research through VUSRP and apply for outside research opportunities through the Office of Honor Scholarships. Students studying the biological sciences may also be interested in applying for the Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy. All of these are great options for Immersion Vanderbilt projects.

For those seeking to conduct research in the physical sciences, keep these ideas in mind:

  • Make sure you are taking the proper coursework prior to conducting research in your field of interest.Determine the specific field that interests you.
  • If you need help finding direction, talk to your professors! Techniques can be specific to a lab and may take a longer time to learn.
  • Students are encouraged to conduct independent projects in their junior and senior years in the natural sciences.

Students interested in research in the natural sciences should consult the Research Resources page of the College of Arts and Science.