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The Undergraduate Research Summer Institute (URSI) is a ten-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. Students are provided a stipend to support their participation in the program. Students who are members of groups historically underrepresented or underserved in the sciences are particularly encouraged to apply.

Schedule Highlights

FriMar 10
Student applications due by 5pm
FriMar 31
Student offers sent by email
ThuApr 6
Student acceptance deadline


The URSI program is for Vassar students only.  Applications for URSI 2017 will be accepted February 24 through March 10, 2017. View application.