Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy

Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN.
Type Basic Science Research, Test Preparation, Academic Enrichment
Deadline February 1, 2012


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.


  • Students should have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Students should have a strong desire to pursue an advanced degree (Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D)
  • Eligibility requirements vary by program. Please see each program's home page to determine the prerequisites
  • The Academy is open to all. Students of an underrepresented ethnic background (African-American, Hispanic-American, Native-American), are strongly encouraged to apply


More Information

Director, VSSA
Michelle Grundy, Ph.D.
Office of Biomedical Research Education, 340 Light Hall
Nashville, TN 37232-0685
Phone: (615) 343-2573