VISRA Undergrad Program

NOTE: This is no longer an active program, so no applications are open or accepted at this time.

Participants in the Vanderbilt International Summer Research Academy (VISRA) conducted a biomedical research project under the supervision of a Vanderbilt faculty scientist.

There were two sections of VISRA: one held in June & July during the Vanderbilt summer break, and one held in January & February to accommodate those on summer break in the southern hemisphere. VISRA was open to any currently enrolled international student. Preference was given to undergraduates who were not studying in the US.

Benefits of the VISRA program:

  • Students were able to interact socially and academically with other students, both international and domestic, who were participating in similar programs.

  • Students got to know current Vanderbilt biomedical PhD students and faculty, as well as present their research at the end of VISRA.
  • Students attended weekly mentoring sessions with Vanderbilt faculty.
  • Students had the opportunity to attend Graduate Record Exam (GRE) preparatory seminars designed to improve achievement on the GRE (the standardized test that most US universities require applicants to take), as well as given the opportunity to take the GRE during the program.

  • Students were engaged daily in a Vanderbilt lab with a PI and a mentor.

Vanderbilt University paid for Summer Research Academy participants. This included:

  • Round-trip airplane ticket
  • Transportation to and from the Nashville airport
  • Housing
  • A stipend of $3,000.00 to help pay other expenses (meals, local transportation, etc.) during VISRA
  • Health insurance as required to meet US immigration regulations