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STEM Transition And Retention (START) Programs

Are you a first- or second-year student interested in learning more about biomedical research as a career while getting to know other students and faculty? Read more to find out if joining a START advisory group is right for you.

START Biomedical Research Career Advisory Groups

Vanderbilt is committed to the academic success of all students in the sciences through START. We invite any interested freshmen or sophomores, especially students from under-represented groups in the sciences, to join a START advisory group. Advisory groups will meet a few times each semester to learn about research opportunities at Vanderbilt, to discuss career paths in the biomedical sciences, and to foster research participation. We anticipate that START cohorts formed this fall will continue to meet throughout next year.

START Summer Research Fellowships

We also offer competitive START Summer Research Fellowships for rising sophomores interested in contributing to diversity and inclusion in STEM. START Summer Scholars will receive mentorship and funding to participate in a 9-week intensive summer research experience in a Vanderbilt biomedical research laboratory for the summer between their first and second years. Applications are currently open and are due on March 4, 2022.


For more information or to apply, please contact