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.
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 Research Academy, and may also apply to other VSSA programs.
For further information visit https://medschool.vanderbilt.edu/visp
Most programs begin accepting Fall applications again by October 1. If you have further questions, please contact the office of this program directly. General questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.