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The Undergraduate Research Summer Institute (URSI) is a 9.5 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.

Check out the URSI Facebook page!

Schedule Highlights

FriFeb 23
Student application opens
FriMar 9
Student applications due by 5pm
TueApr 3
Student offers sent by email


URSI 2018 will run from May 30 to August 3.  The student application will open February 23, 2018.  For Vassar students only.