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Undergraduate Clinical Research Internship Program

The Vanderbilt Undergraduate Clinical Research Internship 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.  Participants will complete a research project under the directorship of a research mentor and also directly observe clinical patient care while spending time with residents and attending physicians.


  • Program participants will be required to attend on-site orientation and training prior to beginning their research and clinical experiences.
  • The 2022 session will run from June 6th through August 5th, with the Sunday before and Saturday after allotted for moving.
  • Students will round with a hospital-based general medicine physician team each week.
  • Students will be assigned a research mentor and project by the Program Director. The director will try to place each participant with a mentor in an area of his/her interest as is available.  The project may be either clinical or basic science research.
  • Students will have the opportunity to interact socially and academically with students participating in other Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy programs.
  • Students will attend weekly seminars to discuss various topics, including medical school admissions, medical student life, medical education, and other issues related to healthcare.
  • Program participants will be required to present their research during a poster presentation at the conclusion of the program.


The program provides each student housing on-campus for the summer, and participants will receive a stipend of $1,500. The program does not provide support for travel or meals. Disadvantaged students accepted into the program may be eligible for financial assistance.


  • The Program is limited to U.S. citizens (or persons having U.S. Permanent Resident status) earning a  four-year undergraduate degree at an accredited US college or university.
  • Applying students must be a college undergraduate during the summer of the program year.
  • Applying students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater on a 4.0 scale.
  • Preference is given to candidates with prior research experience and who have taken advanced science courses.
  • Applying students should have a strong desire to pursue an M.D. degree or a combined M.D./Ph.D. degree.
  • Online application deadline is FEBRUARY 1


Most programs begin accepting Fall applications again by September 1. You can find the application here.

If you have further questions, please contact the office of this program directly.

For the next summer 2022 application, the following items will be required to complete an application for the  Undergraduate Clinical Research Internships Program:

  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Most recent unofficial undergraduate transcript
  • A brief personal statement commenting on your qualifications for the program and how you feel this program will help you achieve your professional goals.
  • A list of potential faculty mentors is not required on the application


Questions can be emailed to:

  • Barry Noland
    Program Assistant
    Office for Diversity Affairs