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Through Immersion Vanderbilt, students would have the option to have their research immersive experiences and projects recognized on the transcript. Students who are engaged in lab sciences, social sciences, humanities, and field work have the potential to transform ideas into action, refine skills, and integrate knowledge with experience.

Approximately 60 percent of graduating seniors report conducting research during their time at Vanderbilt. Keep reading to see examples of how five current and former Vanderbilt students have taken advantage of the world-class resources available to engage in truly immersive research experiences.

Angela Mosley smiles and holds out an apple against a blurred background of supermarket shelves.

Angela Mosley, Arts and Science

Major: Psychology

Spent her last two years researching racial and ethnic health disparities in the Southeast. For her honors thesis, she researched the effects of historical trauma on the health beliefs and behaviors of African Americans in Nashville. Read more.

Nolan Michael Smith sits with a Macbook in front of him. He smiles against a background of colorful, slow-exposure light streaks.

Nolan Michael Smith, Engineering

Major: Computer Science

Created a unique vocabulary app that could track how preschoolers learn while using touch screens. Read more.

Marc Chen looks to the side as he stands on a sidewalk at night. He wears a backpack and holds the straps. Car headlights streak by in the background.

Marc Chen, Arts and Science

Major: Math and Economics

Through a Littlejohn Research Fellowship, analyzed how Metro Nashville’s public transit system impacts economic segregation in the region. Read more.

Michaela Novakovic plays a harp outdoors. She sits in profile against a flowering tree in the background.

Michaela Novakovic, Blair

Majors: Harp and Molecular and Cellular Biology

Researched the neurobiology of the cell, specifically dendritic development in the neurons of the nonparasitic nematode C. elegans, in Professor David Miller’s worm lab. Read more.

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