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Preprofessional Opportunities

Vanderbilt University Medical Center


Category: Summer
Type: Research
Location: Nashville Tennessee
Deadline: Late January


Michelle Grundy, Ph.D.

Director, VSSA
Office of Biomedical Research Education and Training
340 Light Hall,
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN 37232-0301

(615) 343-2573


The program is open to rising junior and senior students (prior to graduation). Students of an underrepresented ethnic background (African-American, Hispanic-American, Native-American) are strongly encouraged to apply. Students should have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the Basic Sciences Program, and a GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale for the Undergraduate Clinical Research Internship Program. Students should have a strong desire to pursue an M.D. degree or a combined M.D./Ph.D. degree.


The Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy (VSSA) offers biomedical research opportunities to undergraduates who want to pursue a career in the biomedical sciences. Although each participating program operates independently, the academy unites students and provides them with opportunities for academic and social interaction. 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. Depending on the program, participants may receive housing and a stipend.