Vanderbilt Benign Urologic Disease Center Summer Program

Funding for the 2017 Summer Program has not yet been confirmed:

Please feel free to list this program in your application; however, keep in mind that we may not have funding finalized for this season. We will not be able to confirm funding until near the application deadline.


About the Program

This program provides undergraduate students who are interested in benign urologic disease the opportunity for a research experience in one of the laboratories associated with the Vanderbilt Benign Urologic Disease Center.

Millions of American men and women over the age of 50 suffer from a range of prostate and bladder ailments often referred to as enlarged prostate or benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH), and changes in bladder compliance or lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS). The Vanderbilt Benign Urologic Disease Center is focused on understanding BPH/LUTS in the context of common comorbidites such as diabetes and obesity.

The center website provides an overview of the work being undertaken. One of the key missions of the center is to expose undergraduates and medical students to research in fields related to benign urologic disease. As part of that mission the Center funds the Vanderbilt Summer Benign Urologic Research Program. The primary objective of the program is to provide a substantive research experience that will allow each student to actively participate in a laboratory project including reading the relevant literature, developing ideas, performing experiments and communicating findings to colleagues.

Students will also benefit by their association with the broader Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy (VSSA): The VSSA provides enrichment seminars that include guidance and preparation for entrance exams to graduate school that will help construct a strong foundation on which to build scientific careers. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (IGP) at Vanderbilt University. This program allows students to perform research rotations in 4 laboratories before choosing one of those laboratories for their Ph.D. research.

Invitations to participate in the Vanderbilt Summer Benign Urologic Research Program are sent to the selected qualified applicants by February 15th. Students have until February 28th to reply with their decision to participate. Assignments will be made based upon the needs of faculty preceptors and compatibility of applicants (determined from statement of purpose and recommendation letters). Participants will be notified of their assignment by late-April allowing them the chance to establish communication with the assigned mentor prior to their arrival. Once in the lab, summer students will engage in laboratory experiments using a variety of biomedical techniques and instruments. Students will hone their laboratory skills, collect data, make inferences based on their results, and become very familiar with the nature of scientific inquiry. Students will then present the results of their own independent research projects at a research symposium that is held at the end of the summer.



  • Students will receive a stipend of $3,375 for the nine-week period.
  • Housing will be provided at one of the Vanderbilt University campus dormitories.

Eligibility and Application

  • Undergraduate with the specified GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Online application deadline is FEBRUARY 1
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