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Vanderbilt University - Minority Summer Research Program


Category: Summer
Type: Research
Location: Nashville Tennessee
Deadline: Early February


Vanderbilt University, Department of Pharmacology
451 Preston Research Building
Nashville, TN 37232-6600


Minority scholars who are members of federally-recognized groups underrepresented in the sciences; Native American, African-American, Hispanic/Latino/Chicano-American and American of Pacific Island origin. US citizens or permanent residents. We are particularly interested in applicants who are in their junior year of undergraduate studies who are interested in a research career.


The Vanderbilt Minority Summer Research Program offers undergraduates, who are members of federally recognized groups as underrepresented in the sciences, a summer research internship in the laboratory of an outstanding scientist at Vanderbilt University.

The Vanderbilt Minority Summer Research Program provides an opportunity for undergraduates to experience first-hand the research that is advancing our understanding of both normal biology and human disease, and the opportunity to develop new therapies and cures to the illnesses that face our society. Students are mentored through an independent research project that will conclude with a formal presentation at the end of the summer. The laboratory research project is complemented by activities organized by the Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy. These include:

  • Research seminars
  • GRE preparation
  • Enrichment sessions
  • Social activities

Research internships are carried out over nine weeks in the summer.

Students can select research projects in the following areas:

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Disease
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Sciences
  • Cancer Biology 
  • Cell & Developmental Biology
  • Cellular & Molecular Pathology
  • Chemical & Physical Biology
  • Human Genetics
  • Microbiology & Immunology
  • Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
  • Neurosciences
  • Pharmacology