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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is there housing available and how much will it cost?
    On-campus summer housing is arranged through the Office of Conferences. For Off-Campus housing, there is a referral website provided by the Office of Housing and Residential Education. Current Vanderbilt students can log-in this site with their VUnet id and password. Non-Vanderbilt students can request a log-in (which must first be approved) for the site. The Off-campus site may list short-term/summer sublet housing. Our International Student and Scholar office has a list of other temporary off-campus housing options and resources (hostels, airbnb, etc.)

    Off-Campus Referral Service site:

    ISSS Temporary Housing resources:

    Office of Conferences Summer Intern Housing (on-campus shared apartments) site: Information on rates and reservations is located on the right-hand side navigation bar. Please note that it is first-come first serve and a $250 non-refundable deposit per participant is due with the housing application. This deposit reserves their space. Starting May 11, full payment is due with their application instead of the deposit.

    For the on-campus housing, the participant will pay for their own housing via credit/debit card or cashiers check. In the case that the participant's summer program will pay for their housing (i.e. faculty sponsor's discretionary funds, NSF REU program, etc.), the department of the faculty sponsor will arrange for payment with the Office of Conferences directly. However, the student must still register for their housing (room selection, check-in/out dates, etc.).
  • How will I be paid?
    Paychecks will be issued in the summer program's respective department on a bi-weekly basis via submittal of timesheets, certifying actual hours worked. Direct deposit is available, but will take one to two pay-cycles to take effect. Please note that if the student is on an NSF REU program, the payment mechanism may be different. However, this should be confirmed with the faculty sponsor/respective department administrator.
  • What is the minimum GPA requirement?
    All applicants who have attained a GPA of 3.5 or above are strongly recommended.
  • Are applications from international students accepted?
  • Are participants allowed to take courses during the summer?
    No, this is an intensive research experience and we expect your full-time commitment to the program.
  • When does the application become available?
    The application for the Summer 2019 program will be available Feb. 22.
  • When is the last day to complete the application?
    The application deadline for Summer 2019 is March 18.
  • I am from another University, am I eligible to apply?
  • Is the program binding? Am I required to participate if I am selected for the program?
    Once an award offer has been made, the students are given a window of time to accept or decline. This time is meant to give students the opportunity to weigh all options that may be available to them for the summer. We don’t encourage students to accept an offer if there is a strong likelihood they are more interested in another opportunity that would result in them wanting to leave the Program.
  • What kind of research would I be involved in?
    There are dozens of research opportunities. In the right nav is a list of departments and there you will find all of the projects.
  • Do you have to be an engineering major to apply?
    No, although many projects have core engineering foundations. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the research projects non-engineering students who might be a good match to a project are encouraged to apply.
  • What are the requirements for acceptance into the program?
    There are no specific requirements, but our goal is to match the strongest students with the good projects. This match is handled through multiple stages where academic performance and faculty input is taken into consideration.
  • Will this be an opportunity to find real work at the graduate level at VUSE or elsewhere?
    Absolutely! A large percentage of students participating in the program have gone on to graduate school and many of those are here at VUSE. Building an important network of contacts and gaining valuable graduate level research experience are just a few perks of the program.
  • Can this work be applied to undergraduate/future graduate studies for credit?
    Unfortunately it does not, but the research a student performs can definitely lead to further research at the graduate level in the same field of study. Also, some students have been able to publish and present their work. Publications like this can really enhance an undergraduate resume.
  • Can high school students, community college students, college graduates or graduate students participate?
    Students must be current undergraduates enrolled in a four-year college or university to participate. They must be sophomores, juniors, or non-graduating seniors to apply. Freshmen are welcome to apply, but priority is given to the upperclassmen.
  • How are program placements made?
    The online application allows you to select three research programs for which you are most interested. Placement in those programs are not guaranteed.
  • What summer projects are available?
    Our list of projects can be found in the right nav. They are listed by departments.
  • How long will the program run?
    The program runs for 10 weeks and culminates in a poster session. Specific weeks/travel plans can be negotiated with your supervisor.
  • How many students will participate in the program?
    Most projects only have one slot available. As a whole, VUSE Summer Research had more than 70 students participating in 2018.
  • Are students without previous research experience eligible?
    Yes, however, previous research experience is highly encouraged.
  • When will application decisions be made?
    Application decisions will be made by April 3.