Program Overview

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 September 1. If you have further questions, please contact the office of this program directly. General questions can be directed to vssa@vanderbilt.edu.

 

Basic Sciences Programs

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Research opportunities are available for undergraduate students currently earning a Bachelors of Science degree who are interested in careers in research.

Please explore our basic sciences programs to obtain further information about the programs, benefits and qualifications.

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Clinical Research Interships

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The Vanderbilt Undergraduate Clinical Research Internships Program (UCRIP) 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. 

Please click the link below to obtain more information about the VSSA Undergraduate Clinical Research Internships Program.

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