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Details for 2021 VSSA Program:

We will be accepting applications for the 2021 summer VSSA program starting October 1st. While we are hopeful and planning for an in person program, due to the uncertain nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot guarantee that we will be funding positions. We encourage you to apply. If you are selected for a position, we will contact you in a timely manner with the specifics of the program. In the meantime, please feel free to view our Virtual VSSA 2020 program, freely available to all, to learn about the diverse post-baccalaureate paths for scientists (PhD, MD/PhD, and MD) and how to best prepare

Introduction to the VSSA:

Vanderbilt University has a longstanding tradition of training undergraduates in the biomedical Sciences through summer research programs. In 2003, the Office of Biomedical Research Education and Training (BRET) established the Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy (VSSA) to bring together all undergraduates conducting biomedical research at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. We host approximately 70 students each summer from institutions across the country.

In addition to streamlining administrative aspects of individual summer programs, the VSSA offers research seminars, a wide rage of enrichment activities and lecture as well as social activities for those undergraduates engaged in research on our campus during the summer.

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Commitment to Diversity

Vanderbilt University is committed to the principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action. Vanderbilt 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.

Vanderbilt provides accommodations for students with disabilities. The Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action and Disability Services department is responsible for coordinating disability support services and monitoring the accessibility of programs, activities and buildings for the Vanderbilt University and Medical Center communities, consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The DSP staff assists departments with providing reasonable accommodations for students, faculty and staff with disabilities; ensures that Vanderbilt programs and events are accessible to the Vanderbilt community and visitors; monitors the accessibility of the university and medical center buildings; investigates disability discrimination complaints; and provides training on disability related issues. Students needing disability related assistance can contact the EAD at:

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