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National Symposium for Undergraduate Research (NSUR)


The National Symposium for Undergraduate Research (NSUR) is a competitive academic event hosted by the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. The symposium allows U.S. undergraduate students to showcase their research work in poster and oral platform settings, improve their presentation skills, and learn about the cutting-edge research and facilities at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Symposium-related expenses (travel, lodging, meals, activities) for all selected students will be covered by the Graduate School.


Students may apply only if they have received an invitation from St. Jude or are nominated by a faculty advisor.

To participate, an applicant must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be enrolled as a junior, senior, or postbac with an interest in graduate studies in the biomedical sciences
  • Have not yet committed to a graduate school

How to Apply for NSUR 2019

Faculty may nominate one or more students. Nominations for the 2019 NSUR will open Friday, March 1, 2019, and must be received by Monday, April 15, 2019.

National Symposium for Undergraduate Research

The first annual symposium was held in July 2016. View images >

Students who have been nominated by a faculty member or invited to apply by St. Jude will receive an electronic application link via email. The electronic application must include the following:

  • CV
  • Photo
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Research abstract
  • Nomination form
  • Reference letter from one research advisor

The application portal will open Thursday, March 1, 2019. Applications must be completed by noon CST on Monday, April 15, 2019. Selected students will be notified of their acceptance by the end of April.

Contact Us

Racquel Collins, MT(ASCP), MBA, PhD
Assistant Dean
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
262 Danny Thomas Place, Mailstop 1500
Memphis, TN 38105