Department of Pharmacology

Summer Program Information


  • Official Program Dates:  begins Monday, June 1, 2015 and ends Friday, July 31, 2015

  • What to Have Upon Arrival to Campus: 
    • For housing purposes, please bring a deposit check in the amount of $500.00.  This will be collected from you at the Pharmacology Department Orientation on 06.01.2015 (see additional information, next page, under Summer Housing and under Orientations/Events).
    • For payroll purposes, be sure to have two forms of identification (i.e., Driver’s license, Social Security Card, Passport/Visa, and/or Birth Certificate) as well as your Health Insurance Card upon arrival.
    • For parking pass purposes, be sure to have your vehicle registration

  • Orientations/Events
    • Department of Pharmacology:  Pharmacology’s student orientation will be held on Monday, June 1stat 2:00 pm.  All Pharmacology participants will meet Ana Carneiro, Joey Neil, and Kim Turner in 736 RRB for a quick introduction and information meeting. PI Orientation/Meeting starting at 2:30 pm in 736 RRB.
    • Summer Science Academy (SSA):  Orientation will be held on Monday, June 1stat 8:00 am- 12:00 pm in 214 Light Hall.  We will have introductions, go over the calendar, go through some safety precautions in the lab, and make sure everyone has access cards and car registration at that time.

  • Summer Housing (for those staying on campus)The Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy is hosted by the Office of Conferences, which provides housing and dining facilities for program participants. All students will be housed in Carmichael Towers West (Towers 3 and 4) during their stay. Please visit the website for Office of Conferences where you will find a lot of useful information about the dormitory (what is available in your room or common areas, internet access options, etc.) as well as dining options and recreational facilities available to you.

Move in date:              Sunday, May 31st between 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Move out date:           Saturday, August 1st by 12:00 pm

If you choose on-campus housing, the total cost of housing $30/night for a double room or $40/night for a single room), plus the 5% accommodation tax) is due prior to completion of the program.  A deposit check in the amount of $500.00 will be due upon arrival (collected during the Pharmacology Orientation). The remaining balance owed to Vanderbilt and is DUE BY JUNE 30thRooms will be assigned by the VSSA but preference will be given for which programs each participant belongs to. Students are housed in a suite that consists of two bedrooms (a single and a double), a kitchenette with full stove and refrigerator, living room, and bathroom shared between the three occupants.

  • Dining:  Apart from the dining facilities listed in the above website, the Courtyard Café in Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and the food court in Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital are also available to students. Additionally there are several eateries within walking distance of the campus on 21st. Avenue, West End Avenue and Hillsboro Village, which you may want to explore for a wide variety of food options.

  • Parking on Campus:  It is very important that you do not park in lots requiring a sticker or anyplace marked as “no parking,” “restricted parking,” etc.  Our enforcement people are quite diligent and you will be ticketed.  Unfortunately, our program does not allow us reimburse you for tickets or towing. 
  • Lab Safety/Training Sessions: 
    • Radiation Awareness Training (mandatory for all program participants): will be held during VSSA Orientation on Monday, June 1st. Further information will be forthcoming. 
    • Biosafety Training (mandatory for all program participants): will be during VSSA Orientation on Monday, June 1st. Further information will be forthcoming.
  • Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) Training and Chemical Safety Training will be conducted online in advance.  Further information will be forthcoming.

  • Weekly Departmental Meeting:  There are mandatory weekly meetings with the Program Director for Pharmacology, Ana Carneiro on Mondays from 9:00 am – 11:00 am in 736 RRB.

  • GRE Prep Course:  There will be a GRE Prep Course taught by the Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy that you may be interested in attending.  The class is scheduled on Mondays and Thursdays from 4:00pm – 5:30 pm in 512 Light Hall

  • Summer Science Academy Enrichment Sessions: Scheduled for Mondays at 11:00 am in 512 Light Hall. Attendance at these sessions is mandatory for summer undergraduate students.

June 1            Beth & Christina - VSSA Orientation; Biosafety

June 8            Jim Patton - Responsible Conduct of Research: What makes a successful scientist?

June 15          Maureen Gannon & Karen Perry - Putting together a poster

June 22          Sean Seymour - Patent Law

June 29          Christina Williams & Michelle Grundy - Applying to PhD and MD/PhD programs

July 6              Susan Myen - Funding for Biomedical Science

July 13            Kim Petrie - Careers in Biomedical Science

July 20            Terry Dermody - MD/PhD: Is it right for me?

  • Summer Science Academy Research Seminars: Scheduled for Wednesdays at noon in 512 Light Hall (pizza lunch provided).  Attendance at these sessions is mandatory for summer undergraduate students.

June 10: Holly Algood

June 17: Sean Davies

June 24 Steve Townsend

July 1: Puck Ohi

July 8: Lourdes Estrada

July 15: Arion Kennedy

July 22: Randy Blakely

  • Social Events: Attendance at these sessions is optional for summer undergraduate students. Additional information will be provided as the dates get closer

June 6: Welcome Dinner at Roger Chalkley’s house

June 12th: IC social

June 20: Jack Daniel’s Tour

June 27: Canoeing

July 3: Sounds Game

July 18: Mammoth Cave

  • WAGE INFORMATION: As part of the Pharmacology Summer Undergraduate Research Program, you will be paid an hourly rate of $10.00 per hour, with a normal working week of 35-40 hours.  This wage is intended to cover costs such as transportation, housing or meals.


  • The Academy and working in the Department:  There are a number of activities planned through VanderbiltSummerScienceAcademy.  These will include seminars, discussions and other get-togethers throughout the summer.  A calendar will be forwarded via email shortly and a hard-copy will be provided to all trainees once everyone arrives.


  • Professionalism and Dress Code:  All participants are expected to conduct themselves in a professional, mature, and ethical manner during organized activities and during off hours.  Our first enrichment session at the beginning of the summer is devoted to Responsible Conduct in Research and will provide an introduction to keeping a laboratory notebook, ethical dilemmas in research and in the scientific community, among other topics.  This is a requirement of NIH-training grants and ALL summer participants are required to attend.  In addition, students are expected to dress in a professional manner appropriate to the laboratory or clinical environment in which their work is being done.  This may vary depending on where they are working, but in general casual, modest attire is acceptable in the laboratory (shorts, t-shirts, tennis shoes, this may vary depending on the lab).  For those who will be in the clinic, business attire is required. 


  • At the end of the summer session students are required to present a poster at the Science Symposium, scheduled for Thursday, July 30th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm in the 3rd floor corridor of RRB. Additional details will be made available as the time approaches.


  • Membership in ASPET:  Since The American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) helps to support this program, they require that participating undergraduates be student members of their organization.  Please visit ASPET’s website at and click on “membership”.  Complete and submit the Online Membership Form.  Please use Ana Carneiro as your “Sponsor #1” and ignore “Sponsor #2”.


  • Campus Life:  The best way to find out what’s happening on Vanderbilt is to pick up The Register (the university paper), search the VU website for events, and also stop by Sarratt Student Center or Visit their website at .  Sarratt is the “the hub of life on Vanderbilt's campus,” and is a place to hang out, catch a quick bite, browse art exhibits, or watch a movie.

 As long as we are talking about the campus, one quick word about crime:  the campus, surrounding area, and Nashville are pretty safe, but not absent some crime.  Always use your best judgment and don’t walk alone after dark.  We recommend you visit the Vandy police website at for further information.


  • The Surrounding Community:  Hillsboro Village is a very cool place to hang out.  It is about 10 minutes away and there are lots of places to eat and shop.  However, restaurants abound in both directions on 21st Avenue.  SATCO across from the campus on 21st Avenue is very popular and cheap, hence its popularity with students.  You will have a lot of choices in the area. Along West End Avenue are a lot of restaurants as well as on Elliston Place, famous for Rotiers and other “Meat and 3s.”  We can give you more info about that later.


  • About Nashville:  Nashville, contrary to stereotype, is not all country, but it is Music City.  A good site to read about what’s happening in Nashville is at , then select “Your Location” as either Belmont/Hillsboro or Vanderbilt/West End for a good run-down of restaurants, etc.  There is a free alternative paper called The Nashville Scene that comes out every Wednesday afternoon that is excellent for looking for events, art exhibits, movies, etc., and can be picked up at local restaurants, markets, and so forth.  They go quickly, usually by Thursday evening, but their website is


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