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Impact Stories

Vanderbilt dares to grow. And you—our talented and courageous community of alumni, students, families, faculty, staff and friends –are part of this ambitious journey.

Stories of impact demonstrate how your contributions can drive bold new levels of growth that will shape our next 150 years.

Vanderbilt to establish a college dedicated to computing, AI and data science

The College of Connected Computing will help meet the growing demand for degrees in technological fields and advance research in rapidly evolving, computing-related disciplines.

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VUSN matching program to inspire philanthropy, drive research and work to ease health inequities

School of Nursing has launched an ambitious campaign to raise and match $1 million to support health disparity research.

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Vanderbilt Launches McGee Applied Research Center for Narrative Studies

The Center will Promote Media Literacy by Providing Resources to Evaluate the Objectivity of News Coverage, Digital Media and Other Narratives.

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Warren Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery Launches Philanthropic Matching

Vanderbilt Enhances its Commitment to Translational Neuroscience Research with a One-to-One Match for New Endowed Gifts to the Warren Center

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Transformational Gift Establishes Roberts Academy and Dyslexia Center

An Unprecedented Gift from Hal and Marjorie Hollis Roberts Will Establish a New Academy for Primary Students With Dyslexia and an Innovative Center Focused on Outreach and Dyslexia Research at Vanderbilt University 

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Lead Gift Launches Hawkins Field Enhancements

Anonymous Baseball Alumnus’ Matching Pledge Challenges Fellow Alumni to Lead the Way in Reimagination of Vanderbilt Baseball Home

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Vandy United Begins Next Chapter

After Reaching Its Initial $300 Million Goal, Vandy United Launches a New Phase, Building on Its Foundation with More Facilities and Operational Enhancements

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Vanderbilt University and Metro Nashville Public Schools launch partnership to boost college admissions from Nashville schools

Vanderbilt University and MNPS launch partnership to boost college admissions from Nashville schools

The program, which will launch with the admissions cycle for first-year students entering Vanderbilt in fall 2025, offers a direct cost scholarship to MNPS students who meet certain criteria.

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Dare to Be First

The inside story of Vanderbilt volleyball’s first recruiting class

Campus Statues - Endless Column

Berg Family Gift to Support the Arts at Vanderbilt

The Landmark Gift Will Establish the Berg Global Artist-in-Residence Program to Bring Visiting Artists to Campus, and Two Berg Dean’s Faculty Fellowships in the College of Arts and Science

Conway-Welch Family Foundation Gift to Honor Longtime Dean

The Conway-Welch Second Degree in Nursing Scholarship is the First Major Gift Made Toward the Master of Nursing Program, Which Was Launched in 2023 to Help Address the Nationwide Shortage of Registered Nurses

Opening ’Dores in Hollywood

A New Scholarship Established by Rich Hull, BA’92, Supports Students Pursuing Internships in Hollywood

Bryan Deaner

Planned Giving Sparks Creativity in Owen's Deaner Scholarship

Bryan Deaner, MBA’93, Invests in Future Generations Through Deaner Creativity Scholarship

Ingram Scholars Program Celebrates 30 Years

A Transformative Scholarship Program at Vanderbilt is Celebrating its 30th Anniversary

Unprecedented Impact

Jennifer and Billy Frist’s Historic Gift to Be Commemorated with Frist Athletics Village

Immersion Vanderbilt Receives $6.8 Million Gift

The Education Enhancement Fund Will Provide Funding to Students to Carry Out Creative and Ambitious Projects that Deepen Their Intellect and Broaden Their Horizons

Enhanced Experiences

Levy Gift Supports Undergraduate Internships

Nashville Metro Council to Honor Vanderbilt’s Nichols Humanitarian Fund

The Nichols Humanitarian Fund Provides Support for Vanderbilt Students to Pursue Humanitarian Immersive Experiences Locally and Globally

Daniel Ardity

From Vanderbilt to the U.S. Debate Team

Daniel Ardity, Class of 2024, Earned a Place on the U.S. Debate Team

Driving Innovation

Vanderbilt and Bridgestone Collaborate at Inaugural Innovation Accelerator

Twelve at Vanderbilt are Among World’s Highly Cited Researchers

Vanderbilt’s Twelve are Among Highly Cited Researchers Around the World Whose Publications Rank in the Top 1 Percent

Vanderbilt Named Spoke in ARPA-H Investor Catalyst Hub

Vanderbilt’s Partnership with the ARPANET-H Investor Catalyst Hub Will Accelerate the Delivery of Equitable Health Care Solutions to Communities In Need.

‘Nature’ Conference Fosters Radical Collaboration

Researchers from around the globe gathered for the inaugural Nature conference “Bioengineering for Global Health” at Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt Announces Inaugural Literary Prize

The New Prize Comes as Vanderbilt Marks its Sesquicentennial by Honoring its Strong Connection to the Arts

Fighting Infectious Diseases With AI-Focused Immersion Vanderbilt Project

Karen Pu, Class of 2024, Is Expanding the Power of Computer Modeling to Identify Mutating Viruses—And Potentially Improve Vaccines

Vanderbilt’s Radical Collaboration With Army Pathfinder Program

Vanderbilt Is Moving Tech From the Lab to the Front Lines With Solutions Tailored to Real-World Army Challenges

Vanderbilt Unveils Quantum Potential

Radiolab Founder and Faculty Member Jad Abumrad Hosts This Marquee Video Series Featuring the Remarkable Research and Innovation Taking Place at Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt Launches Center for Research on Inequality and Health

The Center Brings Together Deep Scholarly Strengths in Population Health Science; LGBTQ+ Health Policy; Gun Violence; and Economic and Social Inequality—And Explores How They Impact Health.

Vanderbilt Strengthens Partnership with Posse Foundation

Vanderbilt Will Add Two Additional Cohorts of Posse Scholars in 2024, Provide Full Tuition Scholarships up to the Cost of Attendance

Vanderbilt Launches Innovation Catalyst Fund

A New Internal Funding Program is Aimed at Moving Translational Research and Innovation Into Real-world Solutions More Quickly

Vanderbilt Joins The Precisionists, Creates Careers for Neurodiverse Individuals

The Precisionists Announced the Expansion of its Neurodiversity Employment Program in Nashville at an Event Hosted by Vanderbilt’s Frist Center for Autism and Innovation

$52 Million NIH Grant Brings ELVIS to University, Medical Center

Biomedical Scientists at VUMC Are Launching a Research Platform Devoted to Molecular Underpinnings of Early-Childhood Determinants of Health

Growth Opportunity

An Interview With Campaign Co-Chairs and Trustees Steven Madden and Mark Mays

J. Michael Campbell Scholarship

New VLS Scholarship Endowed in Honor of J. Michael Campbell ’68 (BE’65)

Commitment to a Mission

Bob Matthews, MD’86, Establishes Planned Gift to Honor Rugby Club’s Impact

Black Holes In Our Universe

Globally Recognized Astrophysicist Teaches Cutting-Edge Astronomy Concepts to Undergraduates From All Majors

From Concept to Reality

Sullivan family endows Ideator program at the Wond’ry

Major Milestone

Start of Vandy United construction marks new phase in $300 million campaign

Vandy United Ushers in New Era at Hawkins Field

Major Enhancements to Iconic Home of the Two-Time National Champion VandyBoys Will Create Unique Game Day Experience

Skyscrapers for the Homeless

Alumna Ariana Fowler credits Opportunity Vanderbilt for life-changing college experience

Out Of This World

Gift Extends Support For Vanderbilt’s Award-Winning Rocket Team

Global Impact

WATCH: Class of 2023 Students Make An Impact Around the Globe

Passionate Curiosity

Alumna Brianne Gross is an unlikely lacrosse star and a born engineer

The Future of Free Speech

Global Think Tank Justitia Opens First U.S. Office at Vanderbilt, Expands the Future of Free Speech Project

Innovative Programming

Vanderbilt Hosts Summit on Modern Conflict and Emerging Threats

Interdisciplinary Exploration

Weaver Family Program in Law, Brain Sciences, and Behavior Established at VLS with $3.85 Million Endowment From Weaver Foundation

Vandy United Progress

Initial Goal Reached, Vandy United Begins Next Chapter

Pulitzer Prize Winning Faculty

Vanderbilt Social, Political Historian Jefferson Cowie Wins Pulitzer for ‘Freedom’s Dominion: a Saga of White Resistance To Federal Power’

Collaborative Community

WATCH: Class of 2023 Students Collaborate, Form Connections

Future of Learning and Generative AI

New Initiative Will Enhance Research Connected To The Growing Use Of Artificial Intelligence

Unique Collaboration

Vanderbilt DSI and Women’s Basketball Team Collaborate Using Data Science to Improve Performance While Reducing Risk of Injury

Immersion Vanderbilt Student Spotlight

Vanderbilt student Shahar Harman discusses his international project with Immersion Vanderbilt and how the work shaped his experiences during college.

Class of 2023 Profiles

WATCH: Class of 2023 students build belonging, enrich Vanderbilt community

VU-Initiated Startup Receives $30M

Alumni-Led Zeno Power To Build Nuclear-Powered Satellite For The U.S. Space Force

Going Global

Three Vanderbilt Graduates Awarded Keegan Travelling Fellowships

Opening Doors to All

Alumna Joyce Searcy aims to make Nashville’s libraries more accessible

Key Resource

McGee family gift establishes new center to study media narratives

Music as a Pathway

Blair Community Scholars Program to provide greater access to music education

High-Impact Scholarship

Hubbard family gift elevates Vanderbilt’s economic policy research

Simple Act of Listening

Endowed chair holder Major Jackson named host of celebrated poetry podcast

Citizen Science

Vanderbilt helps rural Tennessee county solve cancer outbreak mystery

Comprehensive Perspective

Innovative climate studies major launched

Perfect Fit

Law student Kristen Smith finds community, opportunities thanks to scholarship

Closer to Cures

Ancora Innovation collaboration accelerates drug discovery

Collaborative Innovation

Vanderbilt assumes leadership of NSF Mid-South Innovation Corps Hub

Working Together for Social Impact

Nashville Community Leaders Came Together at Vanderbilt to Discuss Power Dynamics in Collaborating for Social Impact

TEAM TN Collaboration to Advance Next-Generation Transportation

Vanderbilt, UT–Knoxville and more than 100 partner organizations join forces to develop mobility solutions

Student Startup Bloom Health Wins $120K Investment Prize

The Startup’s Mission is to Improve Standards for Women’s Health by Providing Women Around the World with Access to Reproductive Education

Novel Device Radically Improves Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Surgery

A Medical Device Company Co-Founded by a Vanderbilt Engineering Professor Announces Successful First-in-Human Clinical Study

Vanderbilt Generates More Than $96M in Licensing Revenue in FY23

By Continuing to Break Records for Licensing Revenue, Vanderbilt Demonstrates Our Growing Capacity for Making a Difference in the World

Summer Bridge Program Helps First-Year Engineers Find Success

The All-Expenses Paid Program Builds Skills, Fosters Sense of Belonging

Ingram Scholars Program Recognizes Heuser's Service

Ingram Scholars Combine Educational Pursuits With A Commitment To Community Service And Philanthropy

Vanderbilt Partnership Boosts Financial Aid Packages for Veterans

Eligible Veterans Can Attend Vanderbilt at a Significantly Reduced Cost Thanks to Yellow Ribbon GI Educational Enhancement Program

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