Goal: The goal of the VUSRP is to enhance joint student-faculty research efforts.
- The major component of the program is the scholarly work done by a student in collaboration with a full-time faculty member.
- The VUSRP involves full-time work. Participants cannot enroll in summer session courses.
- The program lasts ten weeks, May 27, 2014 - August 8, 2014.
- Five informal seminars are planned for students in the VUSRP.
- A poster session, open to the Vanderbilt community, will be held in the Fall featuring the work done by VUSRP participants.
- It is anticipated that at least 50 awards will be made this year.
Student support: A $4000 stipend will be provided for each student.
Faculty support: Some faculty members are eligible to apply for supplementary research funds for themselves, in connection with the VUSRP, under the Undergraduate Research Supervision Grants (URSG) component of the Research Scholars Grants Program, information about which can be found at: http://research.vanderbilt.edu/policy/internal-grants/.
Note: To be considered for these research funds, the faculty sponsor must apply for them through the Research Scholar Grants Program at the same time the student applies for the VUSRP Fellowship.
- Vanderbilt students enrolled in undergraduate degree programs are eligible.
- Full consideration will be given to students who have at least a 3.0 GPA. In recent practice, awards have typically gone to students with GPAs of 3.2 or above.
- Students must be able to engage in 10 weeks of full time research over the summer.
- Although the program is primarily for rising seniors, truly exceptional applications from others will be considered. Graduating seniors are not eligible.
- Research within the VUSRP is not restricted to work within a student's major area of study, but is restricted to work with a full-time faculty member who either holds an appointment in one of the four undergraduate schools (i.e., Arts and Sciences, Blair, Peabody, and Engineering), or is a core faculty member associated with the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science (VUIIS).
- Faculty mentors may sponsor up to two VUSRP applications for this year's competition. However, given a priority to distribute awards across the University, it should be noted that only in exceptional cases will more than one Fellow will be given an award to work with the same mentor in a given year.
- To get an idea of projects the Program has supported in the past, you can download (MSWord) listings of award recipients, their project titles, and their Faculty Sponsors from the 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 competitions.
Information meetings: Information meetings will be held in each of the four participating undergraduate schools to explain the program to students. Members of the VUSRP Coordinating Committee will conduct these meetings in early to mid-February. This schedule of these meetings will be posted on this site in January.
- To submit an application to the 2014 competition please complete the online form available here and download and complete the paper applciation form available here.
- The paper application includes sections to be completed by the student, by the faculty research sponsor, and by the student-faculty team.
- Submission of the application on time is the student's responsibility. The entire application must be endorsed by the faculty sponsor. Faculty members may endorse only two applications (see eligibility section above).
- The online form PLUS SEVEN copies of the application form plus seven copies of the the student's official transcript (1 original) should be submitted by 4 pm Friday, February 21st, 2014 to the VUSRP box in 107 Olin Hall. Please have your application ready before going to 107 Oln Hall - there is no room for you to assemble your application in 107 Olin Hall.
- In preparing the application, the official transcript should be removed from its envelope, and all copies of the transcripts should be stapled to the copies of the application forms, as a continuation of the application form.
- The VUSRP Coordinating Committee will review the applications.
- The review will consider
- the extent to which the proposed work will enhance joint student-faculty research
- the degree to which the research setting and work plan meet the student's stated goals
- the role that participation in the VUSRP plays in the faculty member's program of academic work and research.
- Awards will be announced by April 1st 2014.
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