Welcome to the Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy

The Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy (VSSA) gives college students earning a four-year degree the opportunity to participate in both research and clinical patient care at an academic medical center. This program is designed for students who are interested in a career in medicine. Participants will complete a research project under the leadership of a research mentor and also directly observe clinical patient care while spending time with resident and attending physicians. There are two major tracks within the VSSA; the Basic Science Programs for undergraduates interested in careers in research, and the Undergraduate Clinical Research Internship Program for undergraduates who wish to pursue a career in medicine. Participation in any one of the Summer Science Academy programs is a valuable learning experience that enhances a student's skills and makes him or her more competitive for acceptance to frontline graduate programs. 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Undergraduate students  who are foreign residents or  who are earning a degree at a university outside of the United States are encouraged to apply to the Vanderbilt International Scholar Program.  For further information visit http://www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/visp/

 Applications for the 2014 Summer is now closed. 
Most programs begin accepting Fall applications again by September 1.
If you have further questions, please contact the office of this program directly.

Please click on a program choice on the left to obtain further information and application instructions.


Vanderbilt University welcomes applications from all individuals who come from diverse populations that are under-represented in science or academia, including but not limited to racial and ethnic minorities, individuals from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds, and individuals with physical disabilities.