National Undergraduate Research Symposium (NURS)


The National Undergraduate Research Symposium (NURS) is a competitive academic event hosted by the St. Jude 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 for all selected students will be covered by the St. Jude 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 or senior with an interest in graduate studies in the biomedical sciences
  • Have not yet committed to a graduate school

How to Apply for NURS 2017

Faculty may nominate one or more undergraduate students. Nominations for the 2017 National Undergraduate Research Symposium must be received by Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

Nominate a Student

National Undergraduate Research Symposium

The first annual National Undergraduate Research Symposium was held in July 2016. View images from the 2016 NURS program > 

Students who have been nominated by a faculty member or invited to apply by St. Jude will receive an electronic application link via email. Applications for the 2017 NURS may be submitted starting Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

The electronic application must include the following:

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

Applications must be completed online and submitted by noon CST on Friday, March 24, 2017. Selected students will be notified of their acceptance by mid-April. 

Contact Us

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