The Undergraduate Research Summer Institute (URSI) is an immersive program for Vassar science students to engage in cutting-edge research under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Approximately 80 students team up with some 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 2024 URSI will run for 10 weeks from May 28th–August 2nd, 2024, although some projects may be of shorter duration. URSI student fellows will receive a $5,000 stipend (pro-rated if the project is less than 10 weeks) for this full-time position. Vassar room and board will be available at a cost that has not yet been determined.
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. The application link will open on February 19, 2024, and remain open until March 1, 2024.
Students who are members of groups historically underrepresented or underserved in the sciences are particularly encouraged to apply.
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