The AspirnautTM program is a partnership between Vanderbilt University Medical Center and rural K-12 schools to help recruit and develop the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce. Co-founded by Dr. Billy Hudson and his wife, Dr. Julie Hudson, the program engages students throughout the country by beaming science into rural classrooms to engage students in hands-on, inquiry based STEM labs led by VUMC faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students.

Videoconferencing with Students in rural Arkansas

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The AspirnautTMprogram also provides high school and undergraduate students the opportunity to come to the Vanderbilt University campus to participate in a Summer Research Internship program. This internship is a hands-on and mentored laboratory experience for the students interested in pursuing a career in a STEM field. The participants reside on campus for eight to ten weeks, working under the guidance and mentorship of Vanderbilt scientists learning the basics of research techniques to answer a hypothesis, culminating in a poster and oral presentation for faculty and staff at the end of summer.

The Hudson lab is proud to mentor students each summer as they begin their intensive study in STEM fields.

AspirnautTM Summer Research Interns

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