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Research at Vanderbilt

Undergraduate Research at Vanderbilt

Undergraduate research comes in many flavors at Vanderbilt.  It is integrated into many of our academic courses and is featured as the capstone experience in a number of majors at the University.

It features in some of our most prominent summer programs; the VUSRP and an array of parallel programs housed in colleges and schools and their departments and programs offer summer support on a competitive basis to a number of undergraduate students seeking to collaborate with Vanderbilt’s esteemed research faculty.

It is found in an array of volunteer- and student-initiated opportunities that reflect the broad interests of the undergraduate population at large.

Vanderbilt also sponsors special undergraduate research opportunities for students from other colleges and universities, giving students from across the nation (and the world) a chance to experience the intensity and rewards of Vanderbilt’s research mission.

Finding Research Opportunities

In addition to courses and course sequences in various departments and programs, students at Vanderbilt often participate in research informally or through independent study or summer work.  Department and laboratory websites,  discussions with academic advisers, with directors of Undergraduate Studies, and with other faculty, attendance at research colloquia and poster sessions, and consultation with returning students may give students insights into avenues they might pursue.

Note:  University policies on technology transfer apply to student projects; questions can be directed to the Center for Technology Transfer & Commercialization.  The full policy is also available.

Summer Research Programs

Vanderbilt offers a rich array of summer research programs, including:

A number of other summer offerings are housed at the department level of the four undergraduate colleges and schools.

Summer Opportunities Away from Campus

Most individual departments track opportunities for summer research within particular disciplines; a departmental adviser or Director of Undergraduate Studies will be able to guide you toward resources.

Rising Juniors and Seniors with a commitment to eradicating racial disparities in graduate school may be interested in the Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP) at the University of North Carolina.

Recognition for Undergraduate Research