Visiting Student Observers - Request for Approval

For health care observations (shadowing) see VUMC Observational Experience (VOE) - The Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) Observational Experience program allows students and working professionals to learn about careers in health care. 

For University Central Departments see instructions from the Office of the Provost of Vanderbilt University regarding observations in University Central Schools - Interns and Observers in University Central Schools


As of May 2nd,  VUMC departments requesting research interns/student observers, should email



INSTRUCTIONS FOR VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY BASIC SCIENCE RESEARCH LABORATORIES:  Continue to use the following instructions and work through the BRET office.

For Applicants for Research Labs (Minors, under the age of 18 years)

A minor is defined as any individual who will be under the age of eighteen at the beginning of the observership experience. For instructions on requesting an appointment for a minor please see Guidelines for Minors in Vanderbilt University Research Laboratories.

For Applicants for Research Labs aged 18 or older:

All requests for visiting observers over the age of 18 must be reviewed through the BRET Office before permission can be granted for these individuals to be involved in laboratory activities. Faculty members who wish to admit such an individual in their lab should follow the application procedure listed below:

Application Procedure:

Please download and complete the relevant forms below and return to Faith Bishop in the BRET Office.

Once all required documents are received and reviewed, an approval email will be sent with instructions for requesting a new position and completion and submission of a PAF for the Visiting Student Observer. The above forms may be submitted via campus mail or email Attention: Faith Bishop 340 Light Hall