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Vanderbilt Vaccine Center


The Vanderbilt Vaccine Center is committed to impacting global health through fundamental research that fosters development and testing of new vaccines for infectious diseases. Our international team of scientists and physicians focuses on work with major human pathogens, especially microbial threats that affect the most vulnerable subjects such as infants and the elderly. Many of the targets we study are particularly important in developing world settings. We also conduct research related to biodefense and emerging infectious diseases. Students selected for the VVC program will be performing research in the laboratory of Dr. James Crowe, director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine CenterĀ or Dr. Ivelin Georgiev, faculty member at the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center. Additionally, students will participate in VSSA activities throughout the summer to enrich their research activities through seminars and social activities.



  • Sophomores, juniors and seniors or rising sophomores, juniors and seniors
  • GPA 3.0 or higher
  • Must have taken college biology, chemistry and/or biochemistry
  • Must have participated in laboratory research previously
  • Letter of recommendation from a biology or chemistry course director/instructor
  • US citizens, permanent residents and international students will be considered


The application will include:

  • A brief personal statement which addresses your scientific interests, your qualifications for the program, and how you believe this program will help you achieve your professional goals.
  • Two letters of recommendation submitted online (if you have prior research experience, it will be helpful to have a letter from your research mentor).
  • Uploaded unofficial transcript

The application opens on October 1. The application deadline is February 1, 2024. Click here to start the application through the Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy.

Within three weeks after the application deadline invitations to participate in The Vanderbilt Vaccine Center are sent to the selected qualified applicants. Students must reply with their decision to participate and will be sent a list of possible mentors/research laboratories from which to select their top three choices. In the event an applicant declines the invitation to participate in the program the offer is made to the next most highly qualified applicant.