The Undergraduate Research Summer Institute (URSI) is an 8 to 10 week, immersive program for Vassar science students to engage in cutting-edge research under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Approximately 60 students team up with over 30 faculty to explore an array of topics spanning the sciences. URSI students also participate in a wide variety of scientific workshops and social activities. In early Fall, URSI students and faculty come together with the wider community to present their research at the URSI Symposium.

URSI students have gone on to present their research at regional and national meetings, and have published their work in a variety of publications, including top-tier scientific journals. All current Vassar students who will be continuing their studies during the semester following the URSI summer period are eligible to apply.

In 2021 URSI will run for 8 weeks: June 7th - July 30th, 2021. URSI student fellows will receive a $3,360 stipend for this full-time position. While we are not yet assured that in-person projects will be allowed this summer, we are planning as if they will be.  For students participating in on-campus projects, room and board together would be a flat fee for the entire summer. The amount is not yet determined. For on-campus projects, COVID regulations require that students who are not presently living on campus in the spring semester will go through a testing and quarantining process similar to that of the beginning of spring semester.  Students who are living on campus are expected to remain on campus in their spring student housing through senior week rather than return home first and need to quarantine again.  Summer housing would be expected to be available for move-in by June 14th. 

Prior to submitting an application, read the project descriptions for additional information on how each faculty member would like for you to indicate interest in their project. In the application, you will be asked to select up to three possible projects. You will only be considered for the projects you select.  Please also note that there are 3 types of projects - A) remote-only where student fellows do not come to campus B) flexible – where the project will be in-person if we are able to host student fellows on campus but will switch to remote if we are not able to host students on campus and C) in-person only-where the project will be canceled if we are not able to host students on campus. The application link will open March 1 and remain open until March 12. 

Students who are members of groups historically underrepresented or underserved in the sciences are particularly encouraged to apply.

Check out the URSI Facebook page!

Schedule Highlights

Fri Jul 30
Last day of URSI

Wed Sep 29
Symposium begins at 3pm


URSI 2021 will run from June 7 to July 30. Student application opens Mar 1, 2021. Only full-time Vassar students are eligible to apply.