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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. 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.

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Schedule Highlights

MonMar 1
Student application opens
FriMar 12
Student application closes at 11:59pm
MonApr 5
Faculty decisions due


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.

Undergraduate Research Summer Institute (URSI) at Vassar College
124 Raymond Avenue, Box 731, Poughkeepsie, New York 12604-0731